Lake Barcroft is a beautiful wooded lake community near Falls Church, VA within the Fairfax County limits. Dating back to 1913, this lake was formed when the Alexandria Water Company began construction of the Lake Barcroft dam in order to create a reservoir of drinking water for the city of Alexandria. In 1949 the city began to draw its water from the Occoquan Reservoir instead, so the Lake Barcroft dam and reservoir, along with 680 acres of land adjacent to it, were sold to private developers and turned into the residential community that still exists in present day.
The heart of the community is, of course, the lake, which is known for its excellent fishing, as well as its recreational activities like canoeing and sunfish sailing. The 135-acre lake is also home to a variety of wildlife including osprey, blue heron, foxes, rabbits and owls. Although you’ll feel miles away from the stresses of daily life, this vacation-like setting is actually only minutes from Baileys Crossroads and Seven Corners for easy access to restaurants, shops and commuter routes – and only about 3 miles to metro!
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