Explore the most popular trails in Scotts Run Stream Valley Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

easy trail, shady rock scramble since the recent heavy storms have washed most of the surface down to rocks. lots of trash and deviant dipshits making off trail activity, leaving trash and running amuck on this beautiful resource. unfortunate reality of being so close to urban environ center. I think they expect someone to clean their mess up, uber in maids, and prevent them from taking selfies that plummet them to their deaths.

Great little trail- some cool crossing across the stream, waterfall at the bottom into the Potomac, and great views. 99percent shade. Enjoy!

This was a great simple hike with stunning views of forestry and water. My only recommendation for future hikers of this path would be investing in good gripping hiking boots as the terrain just before the falls is very Rocky & a bit slippery going downhill. Other than that, swimming around the falls was quite the adventure & definitely reccomend others to try it out! Very fun day well spent on this hike!

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Wonderful trail & beautiful landscape.

The Potomac River Trail was absolutely beautiful. Very few people were on the trail. The hike was pretty well marked. The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because the beginning of the loop took us by Scott’s Run Falls and there were people smoking “not-tobacco,” jamming out to loud music, and not your typical hikers. I’d see the falls once, but I’d definitely go back and hike the River Trail!

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muddy
1 month ago

Hiked through most of the park. There were a few trees down that I had to climb over, but other than that I had a great hike.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Nice trail, brought my dog and played in the river. Took the purple trail from the Eastern parking lot. Easy hike, quiet and well maintained

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muddy
2 months ago

Nice walk.

Awesome trail for dogs they love it

Heavily traveled trail, many cars parked on side of road. I was lucky to get a parking spot. I hiked this as a training run with a full backpack. Some step areas and a lot of mud near the river. Some stream crossings have circular concrete rises for crossings. I picked up trash and met some nice folks. Fun trip near the city.

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rocky
3 months ago

wear boots! there are a lot of muddy areas! great views, not too difficult. there are some steep areas that are rocky. we walked the trail backwards to avoid lots of people and it worked out great. it was fairly busy

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muddy
3 months ago

I truly enjoyed the nature hike. Once you pass the water falls and continue the trail all the way around the park (about 3.75 miles) you barely see anyone on the trail. Yes some dogs were off leash, but the ones we encountered were well behave and trained. Most of the park is clean except the parking lot area which is dusty and scattered trash (small amount) around. Yes although it is clearly marked that there is no wading or swimming in the creek, kids and dogs still do... they’ll learn the lesson the hard way, but it’s there prerogative. Other than that, it was a good hike. It went from easy to moderate back to easy and I truly enjoyed my 1 1/2 hour hike. it’s not Phoenix, but for being so close to a city it will do for now.

cool. muddy today but a lot of options.

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muddy
4 months ago

Good trail, a bit muddy this time of year. Some birds out (for my birding friends). Nice trail, easygoing hike, great for families with small children.

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muddy
scramble
4 months ago

Even in the winter, this trail is a good easy to moderate hike, offering great views of the Potomac both near the river and above. There are a couple of stream crossings to be mindful, it can be very muddy and sloppy in spots, and their are some steep climbs. But overall, I’m glad I’ve checked this off my list. I will be back!

Very muddy but a good trail for kids.

I agree with all the reviews here. I both love this place and am disgusted by the way folks (particularly in the summer months) treat what has been set aside as a “nature preserve.” If you get the chance to enjoy the beauty and solitude of this natural escape by the Potomac, and feel strongly about protecting it, please contact Riverbend Nature Center about participating in Scotts Run clean ups or collect trash when you can and report any illegal activity. And if you get a chance to hike to the river overlooks watch out for my father’s memorial bench along the trail (the one with a river view when the leaves fall), have a seat and enjoy the woods!

This was our first time hiking in this area, and we found it to be very enjoyable. The "moderate" tag is accurate. There are a variety of blazed trails and we veered off the intended trail but found our way back to the parking lot. The fallen leaves obscured the trails but the blazes on the trees helped a lot.

Nice little loop with a section that has great river views. Went during the fall and most of the trail is wooded, so I really enjoyed the hike. Mostly flat, but some rocky hill sections near the river. Parking is limited during peak times.

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