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Burke Lake and Lake Mercer Grand Tour

Easy
 3.6 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

For those seeking a fast town and country spin, this (mostly) paved trail is for you.


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15.7

Miles

25.3

KM

5%

Singletrack

344' 105 m

High

173' 53 m

Low

519' 158 m

Up

522' 159 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly Minus the hills in some areas, the kiddos will enjoy pulling over and having some fun on the shores of the waterways that have carved this area.

Overview

Mostly paved and quick, many walkers and runners share this trail. When they're not around, you'll zip across these trails like you're piloting a speeder bike on Endor. Enjoy the ride and the unexpected aggressive uphills on the easternmost portion of this fun little ditty.

Description

The wealth of trails in Fairfax County really becomes apparent when you start exploring the paths around South Run District Park and Burke Lake. South Run District Park is a little over a mile south of Burke Lake. By starting from South Run District Park, you'll escape an entrance fee for out of county residents who go to Burke Lake Park, but not likely escape the large numbers of people who come to both parks. Also nearby are many other lakes with trails around them. Lake Mercer can be accessed via the South Run Stream Valley Trail and is south of the park.

Contacts

Shared By:

P.M. Forbes with improvements by SS Cirrus

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 9 votes

#2719

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  3.6 from 9 votes
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#89

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Photos

Burke Lake
Jun 20, 2020 near Lorton, VA
Along the way towards Burke Lake
Jun 20, 2020 near Burke, VA
Burk Lake.
Oct 2, 2016 near Burke, VA
This dam picture is a panorama looking northward. This is a fast, hard-packed route.
Mar 25, 2016 near Burke, VA
This was taken in October '15. Orientation is toward Opossum Branch (northernmost part of the trail) and tends to get a little muddy after periods of precipitation. Otherwise a generally hard-packed and fast trail.
Mar 25, 2016 near Burke, VA

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Mar 16, 2021
Dana Fronczak
Trail is a little knobby at first, and even then moderately so, but mostly smooth for about 75 percent of the ride around the lake. 9mi — 1h 30m
Sep 18, 2020
David King
14mi — 1h 30m
Aug 27, 2020
German Guzman Sosa
Jul 27, 2020
Matthew Hussey
Nice paved and gravel loop around the lakes. Some singletrack that spurs off the main loop look fun. 12mi — 1h 05m
Jun 27, 2020
Marcia Perez
Jun 20, 2020
Eric Hertsch
Jun 15, 2019
Samantha Slack
Loved this trail 15mi — 1h 40m
Jun 14, 2019
EM Dyer II
Perfect weather, trail just a bit muddy 11mi — 1h 22m