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 318 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.

9 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

It is a nice easy hike, beautiful in the fall.

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail, with nice views and access to river. Some elevation climbs as well so provides an opportunity for some exercise. Completed with 10 yr old kid, so child friendly (and plenty of four-legged friends on the trail as well).

hiking
24 days ago

Nice trail with great views. I was really turned off by all the smelly garbage at the trailhead ..

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Nice trails, but trash everywhere even on the quieter side trails you see beer cans and other junk. Near the falls themselves even more beer cans and lots of scruffy loud people in the water. Parking lot is tiny and fills up fast on weekends. Has great potential, but a real shame it is not policed or cleaned up regularly.

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

walking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Amazing place

walking
4 months ago

hiking
4 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.