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Join us for an easy walk around Fairfax County’s Burke Lake Park. The 4.7 mile flat, paved trail offers lovely views of the lake and a quiet contemplative place to enjoy a leisurely social hike.
This hike is rated as easy based on flat terrain and minimal obstacles. We’ll be sharing the trail with other hikers, runners and bicyclists and ask that folks walk two abreast, allowing others to pass so that we can “share the road”.
For everyone’s safety, please wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Trail map: https://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/BurkeLake/
Transportation: We’ll meet in the free parking lot off of the mini-golf course. From Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA, turn into the entrance to the park on Burke Lake Park Road, then make a left at the Information Center (Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/KpdAnSRFEJPrvT9V7 ). There is a $10 fee for non-Fairfax County residents on weekends (April – October only). If you can offer a ride, please post in the “comments” section with metro station or other accessible location for pick up. Carpooling is a great way to meet people and help the environment!
Dog friendly?: Yes. Please keep your dog leashed at all times.
Bathroom Facilities/Water: Located at the Information Center at the start of the hike, and at the Marina at the end of the hike. Please carry plenty of water!
Food: Bring your own vegan snack and (non-alcoholic) beverage to enjoy after the hike at the picnic area near the marina.
Weather: Be prepared! We will hike rain or shine, but if conditions pose a danger, we’ll cancel the hike and post a notice in the “comments” section. We suggest that hikers wear comfortable footwear and suitable clothing made from quick-dry, synthetic fabrics, as cotton can lead to uncomfortable blisters and life-threatening hypothermia in case of inclement weather.
*For important updates regularly monitor the “comments” section below.*
*Don’t be a no show! If your plans change, update your RSVP.*
*When you sign up to join a hike you automatically acknowledge
VSDC Vegan Trekkers Liability Waiver: https://vsdc.org/www.meetup.com/vegan-28/ *
*Please also view the Rules listed at the end of this description*
*Please read The 10 Essentials of Hiking: https://americanhiking.org/resources/10essentials/ *
Pets: When hikes are organized in dog-friendly areas, hikers are invited to bring their pet(s). However, dogs are the sole responsibility of the owner(s) who brought them; should be up-to-date on their vaccinations & in possession of the relevant tags; and should be under the control of their owner(s) at all times. Dogs that demonstrate consistently aggressive or otherwise out-of-control behavior will be banned from future hikes. Owners should come prepared to dispose of their dogs’ waste in appropriate receptacles.
Alcohol/Smoking/Intoxicants: Use of intoxicants such as alcohol, cigarettes and/or illegal substances is banned during the hikes.
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