Lake Mercer Info:
- City: Springfield, VA
- Type: Park
- Outdoor or Indoor? Outdoor
- Age Range:
- Good for Babies? Yes
- Good for Elementary? Yes
- Good for Teens? Yes
Hours & Tickets
- Hours: Open dawn to dusk
- Free or Paid? Free
- Cost: Free
- Advance Tickets Required? No
Lake Mercer Amenities
- Restrooms? Yes
- Parking Type? Street
- Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible? Yes
We started coming here this summer and have probably already visited a half dozen times! The tricky part is parking but now that we have a good spot, I can recommend this beautiful lake with 5.6 miles of paved trails.
There are about 6 parking spots on the side of the very busy Hooes Road which I do not recommend. It is too busy of a road with kids and then you have to take an uphill gravel path to the main paved trail around the lake. (Hard for my 4-year-old with his bike!)
So the best place is to turn onto Triple Ridge Road and then turn right onto Jeffery Court. Its a cul-de-sac where you can park legally and then walk down the trail entrance.
To go straight to the top of the dam, turn right at the first fork and follow the trail through the woods and up the hill (about 15 minutes) to this beautiful vista!
🅿See note above and put Jeffrey Court, Fairfax Station into Maps app.
🚻 No restrooms available so plan accordingly!
😷 Lots of space to distance but we wore masks 100% of the time on the trail bc of bikers.
♿Paths are all paved so good for strollers and wheelchairs. Although large hill up to the dam section.
More VA Kids Spots here: More spots.
Note: This entry was created in Summer 2021 and will be updated on a quarterly basis. Some of the information may be incorrect, especially with re-opening schedules changing hours and ticketing procedures. Please double check with the location for up-to-date info. Thanks so much for understanding!