Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail

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Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near McLean, VA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles 229 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This hike features river views, a waterfall, wildflowers, and ruins. Visitors have flocked to Scott's Run for years to witness the spring wildflowers that grow there. Sources say that trail-ing arbutus, Virginia bluebells and trillium blooming on the steep hillsides create a small oasis of rare and fragile plants. Remarkable and rare species grow along the precipitous cliffs, in steep valleys and throughout the mature hardwood forest of very large oak and beech trees, ancient hemlock and wild cherry trees that stand as tall as the oaks. Scotts Run Nature Preserve consists of a rather hilly, wildflower-riddled tract of riverside woodlands scarcely 4 crow-miles northwest of Washington. For songbirds and other wildlife, it's a true sanctuary.

20 minutes ago

6 days ago

A little crowded....be safe arou d the waterfall, it can get a little treterous if you try to cross.

hiking
7 days ago

Wonderfully well marked trail with lots of trail signage. Waterfall area is beautiful but can get crowded. I enjoyed the trails even more than the waterfall.

10 days ago

There are sewer lines along the path and the smell is unbearable. Dirt as well. Dog poop everywhere in little plastic bags all along the path.

17 days ago

20 days ago

Nice hike, a long the river hike as much as you want in shade and water!

walking
24 days ago

Lovely walk Hard to believe you are so close to to a major city

hiking
29 days ago

Amazing trail. Easy to go w small kids and very close.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely would do again. Views/waterfalls are great. Trail is easy to navigate.

2 months ago

Amazing place

walking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Thumbs down. I was excited to get to the waterfall. Along the way was so much trash, including a broken cooler with broken beer bottles everywhere. When I got there, so many high schoolers and college kids drinking beers and throwing their beer bottles into the Potomac. What could have been a beautiful hike turned into such a disappointment.

2 months ago

Really enjoyed it. Not too many people on the trails, which is always nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Solid hike, easy fun. The dense forest provides some wonderful nature to view.

hiking
2 months ago

The walk up to the falls was nice and easy w a lil downhill and uphill. The falls itself is a great view and it fun to swim up to. However, the rocks around the falls is unfortunately littered w beer bottles and other trash which is sad because its such a beautiful area. but theres a lil creek place (just past the 2nd set of stepping stones on the trail) which really fun. you can jump off the giant rocks into pretty deep water(in the center)! not a lot of people go there so stop there on the way to the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, for both 2- and 4-legged hikers. Waterfall that time of year was nice, and there are some great views of the river off the path.
(Hiked 9/23/2015)

hiking
3 months ago

A lot of trash all over the place. Smells like crap at the trail head. Probably from all the dog crap that people throw away. Nice little hike, however there's a lot of trail intersections that aren't marked, or on a map.

walking
3 months ago

This was a nice place to go for a walk in the woods, and had some nice places for dogs to enjoy the water. There are interesting paths in the woods, and the views of the waterfalls are beautiful. However, there was a lot of trash strewn about when I visited.

3 months ago

Really good, well maintained, and accessible trails. We hike out to the waterfall and it was pretty low key but challenging enough that we felt like we were getting a bit of a work out. The area around the waterfall could be cleaned up a little.