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Live Fairfax: Lakeside escapes — exploring Northern Virginia’s best lakes

Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

Fairfax County has the ultimate recipe for fun — lakeside adventures!

Imagine a world where nature’s beauty meets endless playtime. Here’s your sneak peek into the coolest lakeside spots that promise smiles, splashes, and unforgettable moments for everyone.

  1. Burke Lake Park (Burke): Got curious minds and a love for outdoor action? Burke Lake Park is your jackpot! Think of a shimmering lake perfect for paddleboat races and fishing fun. Hike the trails, try mini-golf, and don’t miss the carousel twirls. It’s a natural playground that spells family bonding in capital letters.
  2. Lake Anne (Reston): Seeking cozy vibes? Lake Anne is your chill spot. Imagine walks by the water, kayaking quests, and lazy lakeside lounging. It’s a picture-perfect place to unwind and soak in the good times with your favorites.
  3. Occoquan Reservoir (Occuquan): Ready for a hidden gem? Occoquan Reservoir is your zen zone. Kayak or paddleboard through calm waters, play bird detective, and have a picnic like a pro. Trails and nature high-fives are waiting for your gang. Get set for memories that sparkle like the water.
  4. Lake Accotink (Springfield): Nestled in the heart of nature, Lake Accotink offers an oasis of outdoor fun. Whether it’s fishing, boating, or simply unwinding by the water’s edge, this serene haven has something for everyone. Soak in the beauty, create memories, and let the tranquil waters soothe your soul. Discover the magic of Lake Accotink.
  5. BONUS — Lake Anna (Spotsylvania): Calling all water lovers, big and small! Lake Anna is your water wonderland. Imagine swimming, splashing, and jet ski zooming. Fishing champs, get ready for a catch-a-palooza. Pack your sunscreen and swimsuits — this lake’s adventures are calling your name.

Ready for action, adventure, and bonding galore? Pack your excitement, snacks, and a dash of curiosity, and head to Fairfax County’s lakes. Nature’s calling, and the best moments are waiting. See you by the water!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | | | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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