Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail

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Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly 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

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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.


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

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


1 month ago

Amazing place


1 month ago

walking


1 month ago

hiking

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.


1 month ago

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


1 month ago

hiking

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


1 month ago

hiking

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.


2 months ago

hiking

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)


2 months ago

hiking

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.


2 months ago

walking

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.


2 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.


2 months ago

hiking


2 months ago

walking


2 months ago

hiking

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3 months ago

hiking

Very beautiful dog friendly trail. Hiked about a mile before getting to the waterfall. Stayed for two hours before hiking back. Definitely will be going back.


4 months ago

it was a nice hike. beautiful scenery by the water and manageable trails for young children


4 months ago


6 months ago

Great for the dogs (on leash...)


6 months ago