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.

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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.

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Awesome and beautiful hike! There are a few different trail options, we stuck to blue and orange. There are some hills but it's a defined path so not too bad. Really beautiful views when you get to the falls and river bank. Only downside is that there were lots of people swimming at the falls area and sadly lots of trash :( makes for a less serene experience but it probably depends on when you go. The litter though, very sad. If only people would clean up after themselves to protect this preserve. Overall though, it was worth it for me and I'd go again.

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Parking at: The Real Scotts Run, Scott's Run, McLean, VA. The address mentioned http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/scottsrun/ leads to other side of 495. there is a same address but going towards the Great Falls direction. There is one parking spot, Scott's Run East Entrance. 7354-7386 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102. No restroom area.

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