D.C. September 28, 2017
by Maura The One Hikeable Lake Near DC That’s Simply Breathtaking In The Fall
The entire DC area is simply gorgeous in the fall. The weather is beautiful and the fall foliage is breathtaking. This is probably why most Washingtonians try to get out and experience as much time outdoors as they can in the fall. You have many hikes to choose from in the DC area but we found gorgeous hikeable lake that is perfect for a fall hike.
Burke Lake Park is in Fairfax Virginia and is about 30 minutes outside of the district.
The park is named after the 218-acre lake which sits in the middle of it.
There’s plenty of activities to do at Burke Lake Park including a carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, a golf course, playground and picnic areas.
But many Washingtonians make the drive to hike the trails around the picturesque park.
The Burke Lake Park Loop Trail was named one of the 10 best fitness trails in the country by American Hiking Society.
It’s a nice 4.5 mile hike that loops around the lake and numerous bays that jut out into the park. The trail is gravel and is a mixed-use trail.
The trail is for all skill levels and is easy to navigate. The trail also connects to the Lake Mercer Loop Trail and Ox Road Sidepath trail so you can create a longer trail if you prefer long hikes.
Along the way you will enjoy the stunning views of fall foliage surrounding the lake and the peaceful feeling of fall in the DC area.
Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station, VA. It’s open year round from sunrise to sunset. The park is free on weekdays but it’s $10/car for non-Fairfax County residents.
If you want to see fall foliage in DC, you’re in luck!
Find out the peak times for fall leaves here!
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