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, Virginia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

1 day ago

I found it to be an fun trail with a terrific payoff. The waterfall is beautiful. The only issue I have is the amount of trash around the waterfall. Today, when I visited, a cooler was on rocks on the right of the waterfall view. There were beer bottles and plastic water bottles everywhere. I was able to fill a trash bag (someone had left a few tied up on a sign) pretty quickly. I was shocked at the disrespect for such a wonderful place, but it didn't get in the way of enjoying the sounds and views of Scott's Run.

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Fun and easy trail. Too many people on the weekends.

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16 days ago

I like that area. We came there around 10am on Saturday and find parking was a challenge. Trail was a little busy but easy to walk. Small waterfall is cute, water cold but still it is not too bad. So many people were swimming there so it wasn't very quiet but still nice.

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Lesser known dog friendly gem near the city. My favorite for a quick dose of magic.

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Easy hike and pretty waterfall at the end of the trail. However, I was rather disappointed to see tons of trash (beer bottles/cans, dirty diapers, and full garbage bags) scattered everywhere near the water. It would be much more enjoyable if people respected the area and cleaned up after themselves.