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#3 Take A Hike

Burke Centre Walking Trail

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

~Thomas Jefferson

Burke consists of hills and forested areas that provide scenic views not common in the Washington D.C. suburbs.  Hiking in Burke is not only great exercise, it’s the perfect way to explore and enjoy the scenery.

Chances are, if you Live in Burke™, you’re near a sidewalk or walking trail. Your walk could be for exercise, leisure or purpose. Many people incorporate walking into their daily commuting routine.

Burke Centre, a large planned community, boasts 30 miles of paved walking trails among their amenities.  HERE is a great link to maps of the Burke Centre trails. There is even one that leads to the Burke Centre VRE.

Map My Walk, a popular fitness site that uses real-time GPS, has over 60 google walking maps/routes listed for Burke.

Take advantage of this often overlooked benefit of Burke!

#2 Become One With Nature – Visit Hidden Pond Nature Center

The Great Tadpole Hunt of 2013

Situated on 25 acres of land, Hidden Pond Nature Center and Park is an oasis of woodlands and wildlife. Undisturbed woodland, quiet trails, splashing streams and a tranquil pond are just a few of the reasons to visit. While not exactly in Burke, it is a mere tenths of a mile to this Springfield neighborhood haven. Take a look at the live animal exhibits in the nature center before heading out to the one-acre pond that is home to turtles, fish, frogs and many birds, among other animals.

I remember taking my own children to Hidden Pond Nature Center. We would hike the trails and check out nets and buckets to take down to the pond. It was fun to scoop stuff out and sift through to see what we had “caught”.

Check out their programs HERE.