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Lake Fairfax Park, Reston

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Fairfax Park is a park in Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA owned and maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Contained within the park is the 18acre Lake Fairfax. The park also offers a waterpark, carousel, picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, playground and more.
The park has also played host to music festivals, including Lollapalooza and The HFStival.
The Water Mine is a waterpark contained within Lake Fairfax Park which has over an acre of water play activities surrounded by a lazy river called Rattlesnake River with a 2.5mph current.
Lake Fairfax was originally developed as a private recreation facility in the late 1950s - early 1960s by local developer and entrepreneur Mack Slye "Jack" Crippen Jr..
In 1965, James S. Mott and his wife Marguerite were denied entry to the park because they were black. Mott sued Lake Fairfax under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Lake Fairfax was enjoined from refusing entry to people on account of their race.
At the end of 1965, the Fairfax County Park Authority expressed interest in purchasing the facility, and Crippen sold Lake Fairfax to the authority in 1966 for $1.7 million.
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  • I walk my dogs on the trails but since more bikers are using the trails they've become hard packed in many places resulting in soil erosion and root exposure. Not good for the sustainability of the.....  more »
  • Visited the park on Sunday ... Was able to drive by all amenities. Lots of improvements evident over the past few years.  more »
  • This was my first time at Lake Fairfax Park and I love it! It's more family oriented and has a water park. They have activities for adults as well, canoeing and fishing. It's nice to walk around and maybe read a book. They don't have a hiking trails. They have decent facilities and amazing section for group picnics and grilling.
  • Great spot. Easy to access. The lake is nice with the water park there but also the lake with boating. Shelters are nice but power was out when we were there so our fans couldn't work well.
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