Burke Lake Loop - Trail, Burke, Virginia

Burke Lake Loop - Trail, Burke, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Length:7.3 miles Rating:easy Terrain: Flat,asphalt, dirt trails other uses: Hiking, nature observance, picnic, marina, boat launching, fishing

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 24, 2008]
oldskoolbiker
Downhiller

I really wouldn't even consider Burke lake a mountain bike trail, but to absolute noobs I guess they may think so. The trail a about 90% flat with a couple of very small inclines. It's a wide gravel/dirt path that goes around Burke Lake. The total distance around the lake is 5 miles.

This is a good place to take the family for a casual ride, or take someone who is a total beginner to biking.

The biggest problem here, is that this is a multi use trail so there are lots of people out walking, jogging, walking their dogs. So you are always yelling to warn people you are coming. I recommend you bring a bell if you have one.

Customer Service

Just park in the parking lot, and get on the trail. It goes in a circle. I usually go counter clockwise around the lake.

Similar Products Used:

A similar trail that is a little more difficult is the Accotink Lake trail.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 28, 2006]
SantaCruzin703
Cross Country Rider

the loop around the lake is flat, flat, flat. one little back section is a little technical (rougly comparable to accotink) but that part is less than a mile long (most people dont bike that part). there are also side trails in the park that once again are comparable to accotink but are disjointed. but when joining them together its not different than riding wakefield/accotink (most people dont know about these either).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 20, 2005]
dogdude
Weekend Warrior

I have to admit while this trail is not very technical overall or very aerobically demanding, it is one of the nicest rides in NOVA. This is the perfect trail for people like me: over 40, overweight and just trying to get some exercise. Much of it follows the lake, then veers off on the inland trail. there are also side trails to explore. and what i love the best is that there are no earring wearing goateed out of control riders who are going way too fast for the trails, unlike the one time i went to Fountainhead.

Customer Service

just follow the trail around the lake

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 21, 2004]
bighitballer
Downhiller

this trial is acually alright it has some pretty technical side trails and a doubles jump section. If you just stay on the trail it sucks but if you can get on some fire roads and side trails its acually not that bad. Thers definatley a lot of better places to ride but if you have no choice you wont be completley bored. also you can follow the loop till it goes to the concrete/ grass bridge over the water from here there is a side (paved) trail to your right or left by a bench. This trail can take you to south run rec, crosspoint, barrington and lots of other places around that area. At south run (by the powerlines) you can hit some 3- 4 foot dirt jumps (if the dirtbikers have ruined them) also there is a little down hill trail to the side where you can enjoy yourself sometimes. (this is right next to the paved trail) just turn to the left or right towards the powerlines and ride up the dirt road till you see a little single track and some jumps or you can ride to south run rec and get on the road with the woods right by it youll come to a sign that says no veachles, bikes, motorcycles, ect... ride right through the little trail to the powerlines. The powerlines are all downhill so its not hard to get speed. O well burke sucks but there are alternate routes u can take to have fun. just thought i would throw this out there for anyone who doesnt know. peace

Customer Service

go around the loop to the concrete/grass bridge and take the paved trial by the bench to the rec center and on. The rec center when in good condition had great junps and not a bad little downhill

Similar Products Used:

fountainhead, difficult run

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 11, 2004]
Mudgrrl
Weekend Warrior

This is a great trail for beginners, or those that have not been at all active in the past 10 years (not trying to be mean or funny here). This is the trail that got me back into mountain biking. This trail is a bit fun with gentle rolling hills and some nice scenery of the lake. People are friendly, though there are signs reminding you to control your speed. There is also frisbee golf there, so watch it when you round that section of trail.

Customer Service

like somebody else said, go around the loop. There are trails leading off of it, for some fun and exploration try them out.

Similar Products Used:

Check out Great Falls and Difficult Run

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Mar 23, 2004]
poobah
Cross Country Rider

The "burke lake loop" sucks, but thats not the mountainbiking here. The real riding can be found on some outlets from the main loop around the lake, and on a large net of trails located in the woods between the highway and the lake. The locals, when not riding accotink or fountain head, have created csome good techinical sections out of wood bridges and logs, theres a few sets of doubles, and some pretty good cross country.

Customer Service

when starting at the marina take the main trail till u reach the dam and take the singletrack off the main trail into the woods. Or keep going until u get to the woods on the left, all the way across the dam, and take the single track there into a nice lil tech(ish) area.

Similar Products Used:

Accotink, and Fountain Head South run recenter dirt jumps

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 02, 2004]
Splijin
Cross Country Rider

Took it for a spin and I can see why others haven't rated very high. The trail is primarily a jogging trail around the lake and the change in elevation is not more than a couple feet. I would highly recommend this trail to beginners who have never ridden off-road or want to build up endurance. Some of the side trails may be a bit more exciting than the main gravel/dirt "loop". More experienced riders may find this a bit bland and congested with traffic, but the lake can be scenic. This is definitely one of those trails to take your significant other to and not have to worry about it being too difficult.

Customer Service

See other reviews for directions.

Similar Products Used:

Fountainhead

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 17, 2003]
Chris Winkler
Cross Country Rider

This is a running trail mostly. Children can start their riding here easy loop with bathrooms and water. Simple for beginners.

Customer Service

From marina around to parking lot.

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 23, 2003]
Eddie
Weekend Warrior

This trail really sucks, not worth going to. Its an easy dirt trail that goes around a lake. I guess it would be fun if you were a kid. Too many people, not technical at all. I wouldn't spend my time there.

Similar Products Used:

fountain head

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 19, 1998]
Arbysauce

This is OK for variety in N. VA, but not that great of a deal. I bet it would be good if you wanted to take a variety of skill levels out, one set could stick to the loop and the other could go for the gusto up the hill... all in all this ranks low on my list for N. VA.

Customer Service

There's more to Burke Lake than just the loop... (there better be, otherwise it doesn't deserve the hallowed spot in the MTBR listing, alas...) About half way around the loop you'll encounter a singletrackish climb (part of it goes through a creek). This is a great workout and a terrific climb along the powerlines. I've only taken this one for about 5 miles or so, eventually crossing a major road and (seemingly tresspassing, no signs though) following the powerlines until the trail was impassable.

OVERALL
RATING
2
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