About Lake Thoreau
Fairfax County, Virginia

Lake Thoreau is located in Reston, Virginia, a flourishing urban scene that includes scenic parks and wooded communities.

Located within five miles of the city center, the lake is convenient to a variety of restaurants, markets, and coffee shops.

Reston is also home to Reston Hospital and is neighbored by the Dulles International Airport.

Wooded Lake in a Developed Environment

Covering 43.5 acres, Lake Thoreau is next to the largest water body in Reston, Lake Audubon. It is separated only by South Lakes Drive on its southeastern side.

While there are many homes placed around the lake its shoreline remains densely wooded. Reston is known for its gorgeous fall foliage and Lake Thoreau is one of the best places to view it.

Residents and visitors enjoy the lakeside walking trails, which are perfect for picnics, walking the dog, or exploring the foliage.

Lake Activities

Lake Thoreau's most popular water activities include pontooning, paddleboarding, kayaking, and fishing.

Anglers make great catches of largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, and bullhead.

Shopping, Dining, and More

Reston has several upscale restaurants along with breweries, wineries, coffee bars, sandwich shops, and Thai restaurants.

The Reston Farmers Market sets up just outside of Lake Anne Plaza. It regularly features fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other goods.

The Hidden Creek Country Club and Reston National Golf Course are located nearby.

Explore Washington, D.C.

For a big city adventure, Lake Thoreau residents can take the short trip to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C!

The District of Columbia is home to numerous memorials and museums, highlighting the rich history of the United States, the natural sciences, and the world.

Start your tour with the well-known Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This prestigious museum holds the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and artifacts, including the remains of dinosaurs.

Next, check out the National Gallery of Art. This sprawling, two-building complex houses the nation’s treasure-trove of art, spanning all major periods and many famous paintings.

Most notably, be sure to tour the U.S. Capitol building, a must-see! The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. Today, it stands not only as a monument to its builders but to the American people and their government.

A Sought After Location

Located in Reston, Lake Thoreau is part of one of Virginia’s most desirable communities where homes at the lake can be a full-time residence or weekend escape.