Looking for some awesome parks in Burke, VA to spend quality time with your family? Well, take a look at our compilation, featuring four cool parks in this area.
Burke Lake Park
Fee: There’s no entry fee for Fairfax County residents. From April to October, non residents have to pay $8/car on weekends. For some park features, there’s a fee. These include: the carousel, train, mini-golf, camping, and boat rentals.
This is the biggest—and the best—park in Burke, VA. It’s not best because it’s biggest, but rather because it offers something for everyone. And that’s just great, especially if you have a big family where everyone likes to do his or her own thing.
So, what can you do in Burke Lake?
Well, pretty much everything except swimming and windsurfing.
If you love to bike, then the lake trail is ideal for you. The trail is mostly shady but unpaved. But biking here is not so tiring and very enjoyable, never mind the mostly unpaved path. However, don’t forget to bring in a water bottle or two maybe.
Young kids—and adults who want to be kids for some time—would love riding on the little train. There’s also a playground close-by, but it is more suitable for elementary aged kids than little kids. However, that’s nothing to worry about, because the park has many playgrounds and the one next to the train area is not even the best of the lot.
The 218-acre lake is ideal for fishing (you probably need to bring your own gear) and boating. The park also boasts of a mini-golf course, among other things.
Bon Air Park
Ideal for kids aged 0-5 years, Bon Air Park’s main attraction is its bike trail, which runs alongside the playground and is almost entirely shaded. There are several playgrounds, but the main playground, shaped like a boat and fairly shady, is the best of the lot. The park has s a lot of open, green space for kids to run, besides a few beautiful gardens, perhaps the best one being the rose garden. There are many picnic tables near the creek where you can have lunch. After lunch, you and your kids can enjoy exploring the creek area.
Butler Holmes Park
This park is a great place for both older and little kids. Its highlight, of course, is the 32-feet climbing net. You might want to come here in the morning though, as the net receives decent shade in morning. Apart from the climbing net, there are swings and a spinning pole to keep kids busy. There’s a paved path which has a gentle slope, making it suitable for young riders. The water fountain next to the basketball court is another key attraction.
Rolling Valley West Park
Located next to Pohick Regional Library, Rolling Valley Park is more of a sports park, but that doesn’t mean it’s suitable for older kids only. Young kids would enjoy spending time—a lot of time, perhaps—in the play area, which has many swings, in addition to large play equipment. There are also hiking and biking trails for those who feel happiest when they are on the move.