Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail

EASY 211 reviews

Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near McLean, Virginia 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 337 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.

walking
4 days ago

Rated this a 4 star in hope others will make time to take this hike. The trail is in close proximity to areas dominated by an urban landscape. So the woods, water, and overlook provide an easily accessible place to #OptOutside.

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hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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).

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hiking
2 months ago

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

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trail running
3 months 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.

walking
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4 months ago

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