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Lake Fairfax Park

Reston, Virginia


1400 Lake Fairfax Dr
Reston, Virginia 20190
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 136
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.96230
Longitude: -77.32068

Elevation: 331' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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46 Reviews

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice little park very conveniently located to DC. There is no water or sewer at the sites, so come prepared! We filled our fresh tank and made it 6 nights without an issue. As others have mentioned, the shower house has 6 individual rooms that are like private bathrooms, except that they're open above so you can hear everything. The fans were never on, but if they could be turned on it would probably help with the humidity. I suspect the showers are hosed down, but lifting up the "handicap bench" disclosed mucky black hair balls that could easily have been cleaned, and it was very slimy! An elevated mat in the dressing area would be nice so you don't have to stand in the water that comes out from the shower or is left from the hosing down. Also, check the water before you undress - some of the showers only trickle (#1) and the water never gets warm! On the other hand, the sinks spray with such force that you are basically showering there with your clothes on, and the water gets so hot you can't rinse your face with it! Seems like a couple of easy fixes are in order there. Overall it's a nice park, wish we could have explored the trails a bit more, but it rained the first 5 days we were there non-stop, so we only had one nice day. We were grateful the campground is on high ground! The dump station is near the shower house and seems easy to access, we'll use it on our way out. All-in-all, it was convenient for us and we would stay again. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Located conveniently in the Reston/Herndon area, just Google and you'll find everything you need. Lots of shopping areas are hidden from the road by trees, so if you're just driving and looking you'll miss them! There's a Home Depot and Harris Teeter less than 3 miles away. Walmart is about 9 miles, but that 20-minute drive also gets you a Sam's Club, Costco, mall, hardware stores, etc. And don't discount the convenience of the long metro ride into DC - it takes 30 minutes to go somewhere that's 5-7 miles away because of traffic. If you had to drive into DC it would take you twice as long as the metro, and then you wouldn't be able to find parking! Do the DC thing like a local. And if you're going to stand on the escalators, make sure to move to the right so runners can get past you. It's the courteous thing to do!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

Very convenient location for visiting the DC area. With the recently opened Metro Silver Line, there is a stop only a few miles away. None of the sites have water or sewer, and about half have 50A electric service. The sites are reasonably spaced, and there is little shade. Sat TV and cell service were good. The camping area is high on a hill about a half mile from the lake/water park. The place is quiet on weekdays, but the water park and picnic areas are packed on weekends in the nice weather. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 197
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We had a large site with plenty of room for our dog to be outside. There were trails for hiking and lots of other activities in the park. People in the office were very friendly and helpful. Dish TV, AT&T cell phones and Verizon MiFi all worked well. We stayed here for a week and enjoyed it tremendously. It was a great base for sightseeing in the immediate area and in D.C. Will definitely stay here again if we are in the area. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

A big, beautiful park convenient for seeing D. C. if you don't mind a 50 minute metro ride into downtown. The metro station is only a 15 minute drive away. There are many restaurants, groceries, pharmacies, etc. nearby. The main drawback is that there is no water or sewer hook-ups at the sites, although there is water nearby and a convenient dump. The restrooms are good although they could be cleaner, i. e. cobwebs in the corners and a few dead bugs on the floors. The showers are really good, as you have a private room, with the shower, bench, lavatory, and toilet. Verizon signal was good. Clear view for satellite in our site and a few over the air stations available. Many of the shorter sites appeared un-level. We stayed 10 days and would return. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Most recent stay was June 27th thru July 1st 2017 We camp in a Little Rig "Tear Drop" style RV only 15' long w/o toilet or shower ~ plus we like to eat outdoors using the picnic table and set up our dining canopy for sun and weather protection and thus rely on condition of campgrounds facilities and being nearby our site ~ so our critique is focused in that area. Our site 61 was close to restroom/shower building, a modern newer facility with painted cement block walls and cement floor. Restrooms had separate entrance from showers which were large private individual rooms with a shower stall, toilet, and sink. This campground is operated and maintained by Fairfax County with a camp host on site. Cleaning of restroom/shower done every morning but appeared it was only a partial cleaning at best with hosing down the floors and maybe that's all - see my photos - was like that all 5 days of our stay. The walls were high but open ceiling with exposed rafters - I suppose for improving ventilation, but it didn't help much because there was no air movement; stuffy after the shower. Also drainage problem in all showers, leaving standing water on the floor after shower but there were no rubber mats to stand when toweling off and paper towels that could have been used to help clean up after using the sinks which remained messy. Our site W&E only was in hot sun - no shade trees - other sites had some shade but campground was fully reserved because of holiday (4th of July) and we couldn't move. Was a good base camp for taking day trips exploring Washington DC. We learned how to navigate public transportation taking Metrorail. It's highly recommend instead of driving to DC in extremely heavy traffic and then good luck trying to find a parking lot. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great base camp for exploring Washington DC area - take Metrorail out of Wiehle Station in Reston [close by 10 min drive] to Union Station Washington DC city center [about 1 hour trip]

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We camped here for 13 days as we transitioned from our home to our RV, where we now live full time. Unfortunately, when I first made the reservation, whoever I talked to didn't write the reservation down in the right place, so by the time we arrived, someone else had booked our chosen site for several days - meaning we had to move to a different site in the middle of our visit and then come back. That did not make us very happy, but the folks in the office were very apologetic and comped us a night, which I thought was fair.

The campground is very well kept, clean, quiet and convenient for staying in the Metro DC area. During our stay, the last two weeks of July, it was more than half empty, which was awesome. Our biggest complaint is just the price. For $45 per night, most people expect full hook ups, or at least water and electric. Lake Fairfax only has electric. It's just a lot of money for limited connections. That being said, the sites themselves are quite nice, the water and dump are centrally located, and the larger park is very pretty.

In order to save our tanks, we utilized the showers and they were great - large individual rooms with a shower, toilet and sink.

When visiting the DC area, we will definitely stay here again. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 184
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 95

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here 18 months ago and gave it a lower rating, likely because it was our first experience without water and sewer. Now that we're much more experienced (and know what we like), we're much happier with Lake Fairfax Park. Since there's no water and sewer, the bathrooms and showers are very important: they're new and are some of the best we've used... huge, private, and heated. The campground is very pretty, with good-sized sites (important to us) and mature trees interspersed throughout. It's not heavily wooded, so you will see your neighbors. The price sounds high for an electric-only campground, but it's appropriate for the region, and is half the price of the only commercial RV park in the area (where your awning almost touches your neighbor's rig). There are miles of hiking/biking trails in the woods, but watch out for ticks on you and your dogs (the campground is very dog-friendly). The skateboard park was very busy (but closed at dusk while we were there), so I suggest getting a campsite on the other side of the campground. One oddity at the dump station was that the potable water spigot was right next to the sewer dump, while the non-potable (for rinsing sewer hoses, etc.) was further away. I'm not a fan of seeing the potable spigot one foot away from the sewer at a dump station. Due to the excellent location in Northern Virginia, the large sites, and the new bath/shower house, we really enjoyed our stay, and will be back again. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The DC Metrorail station is just a couple miles away, as is the Reston Town Center with lots to do.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here from end of June to July 3rd, 2015. Very friendly staff making reservations. She got me a great site, very long to fit my 36' motorhome with 31' trailer all together. Clean grounds. 50 amp was not working, my EMS showed the leg 2 was 4 volts. They took 7 days to finally get a person to fix that. They tried to claim it was fine. I showed the kids that came out to check it with their adapters and test plug why that wouldn't show the fault. The manager didn't seem to understand the problem and kept putting me off. They did correct my bill down to the 30 amp rate. But we were not comfortable with only one roof a/c running on the hottest days. No wifi and no data signal from Sprint. No water and sewer at the sites wasn't a real problem for me since I've got huge tanks. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A5
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This park could be a 10 but no water or sewer or wi- fi at any sites. No pull thru either yet there is a water park on the grounds. Long drive to camping area and twisty hills for a motor home towing. $40 with senior discount but close to where we had to be and Cherry Hill is just too far and must use I-495 which is always bad. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A16
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed for 10 nights while a major new sewer line was being installed by the Fairfax County construction team. This is designed to ensure the blockages referred to in a recent post are a thing of the past. The only major drawback with this park is the lack of water at each site. However we conserve water by showering at the individual bathrooms which are new, large, warm and of the highest quality. The park is busy on Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning. The lack of water at the sites, no full hook-ups and lack of seasonals, means the park is relatively quiet during the week. Most campers are either visiting family in the area or using the park as a base to visit Washington DC. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

Total sites shown includes lots of tent sites. About 40 sites for RV. Fill your tanks at a central spigot, and dump when necessary at the station. Spacious sites (gravel, and 1/2 are level, other 1/2 not level) have electrical pedestals only. The park is clean, quiet, and about as close to Washington tourist attractions as you're likely to find. Price shown is with senior discount, and county resident discount. This park is not run by RV'ers as indicated by the following. Time to dump. We went to the dump station, connected and pulled the dump valve. Sewage all over. On calling the office, was told "Oh yes, I heard this morning when I came to work there was a problem." She had known since 8 AM of a sewage stoppage, and others knew before, but no-one had posted a sign. We had no indication of a problem, as we were the first to dump that AM, and the sewer pipes had drained slowly overnight. Reinforces the adage: " You don't get anything you don't pay for." My numeric rating reflects this event. Otherwise would have been an eight. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first time here and we used this park to visit DC. It's very convenient and easy to get into town. Park is heavily used by locals. We stayed on site 9, good satellite access is on the right side of loop A. Lots of trails and good walking. Restrooms have shower and toilets in each. I would stay there rather than Cherry Hill if I did not need water/sewer. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Beautifully situated only 1.5 miles from DC Metro Station Wiehle. Large park. Great for big rigs. Toilets/showers very clean and spacious. No WiFi at all but good Verizon LTE coverage. Government run multi use park. Skate board facility near the entrance of the main camp ground so I would recommend a site on the back end. Great place to stay for exploring all the attractions in town. No water or sewer hookups at that site but easy access. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

This was my second time here. About 42 RV sites, 6 group camping sites and about 50 tent sites. Electric only. But they do have a very nice bath house with water and a dump station. If you do camp here and have a satellite dish, request a site on the right side of the 'A' loop campground as you enter it. A better shot at the southern sky. I didn't and could not get my dish to work. However, I had a Turk Amplified Portable Antenna as a backup. I was then able to get about 40 TV stations. I walked the 2.6 mile round trip to the new Wiehle Ave. metro station. Very nice. There are trails that you can walk through the park to get to Sunset Hills Drive, then Wiehle Ave. via the W&OD Trail. But you need a park map or you will end up on a side trail and in a residential area. Don't ask me how I know. We tried fishing in the lake but there was too much hydrangea. We caught nothing but 'seaweed' so we returned to the camp site shortly after we arrived. On the whole this is a nice park. At $43 in an urban area I think that is an OK price. There is a water park, swimming, hiking, skate board park, fishing, and camping. The only things I didn't like were that the camp office only has ice and wood, There is no camp store. That and the poorly marked trails. But for a place close by to just get away to, Lake Fairfax Park is a nice campground. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 184
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 95

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This is a large, beautiful county park in the middle of the high-tech Reston area with dozens of fine restaurants and shopping within a mile or two. Large, level grass & gravel sites, picnic table, and fire ring. The county park itself has a skateboard park (we were close to the park but the noise didn't bother us at all), water park (extra fee), many nice trails through the woods for hiking/biking, sports fields (active every day with soccer and other sports), and more. Very large and clean showers/bathrooms. Would probably rate it a 9 or 10 if they offered water/sewer. The fresh water fill and the dump station are on opposite sides of the road near the bathhouse. The new Metrorail station in Reston opens in July 2014 and is only a mile or two from the park, giving easy train access to DC sightseeing. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

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