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.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
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.
As a newcomer to hiking, this is definitely doable and I did it by myself without any issues. Even with it being a little wet and muddy I did it with my gym shoes. There is very limited parking. I went at 9:30am on a Saturday and didn't feel like it was crowded.
Beautiful hike on a gorgeous day. Waterfall was nice and full after the rains and the trails were mostly empty, much to my surprise. One of my favorite relaxing hikes in the area
Really well marked trails and a beautiful view of the river! I went mid-day on a slightly chilly Monday in March and it was virtually empty
Cool trail although during the summer it is extremely crowded, lots of trash, and graffiti on many of the rocks
Lots of people, lots of dogs, and hard to park. Nice trail with a waterfall.