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Woodland and River Trail Loop 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.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 282 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Cross country skiing Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Closed
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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.

The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group http://www.midatlantichiking.com/

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Denise Johnson
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Annabelle Lee
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

very shady in morning so not too hot during the summer! went after rained the night before, a little muddy. very easy to navigate with different paths!

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l n
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closed (presumably due to covid) but people were street parking and going in anyway

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Camilo Olivares
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Overall it’s a easy hike, however you can find a way to make it a lot harder, you can along the easy hike but you will be able to find trails that can lead you to rocky hikes and also can lead you to a small waterfall. Nice trail.

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Laura N.
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Kristi West
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Valerie Haviland
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Love this place

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Mrs. D.
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This is a great hour and 15 min hike if you go the right way. We’ve don’t both forward and backward and if you want a harder workout cross over Georgetown pike last. Managed to do the trail with a BOB stroller with the help of a friend but won’t be doing that again. Backpacked the little one before on this trail which was a great workout.

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Sarah Eyman
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great trail. A little muddy/ slick in some parts. Wear shoes with grippy soles. Download the all trails map to help keep you on the 2.5 mile loop. There are a lot of side trails.

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Tom J
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Scott's Run extended, Justin and JB joined, high water, good waterfall, rock hopping, great hike!

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Alex Ballestero
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Terra Dare
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Beautiful trail - Scenic overlooks, waterfalls, not challenging but can be slick and muddy - little hills in the terrain make it fun, areas to cross stream can be wet and slick - really enjoyed all the views!

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Anna Smalley
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Luc Do
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great light running trails

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Tom J
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Scott's run, cool weather, lots of rock scrambling, great hike, waterfalls, 4 miler, got crowded at end

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K Scott
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Wet but well maintained

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wan jun ju
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good trail

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Martha Garcia
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HikingRocky

Great trail, views. A little crowd it A good hike

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Dan Alden
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Great hike, little long for first time kids. Suggestion - take some shortcuts.

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Yongfei Yu
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Denise Loeber
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Beautiful trails, many options depending on what you're looking for. Easy to navigate, too. Take a picture of the trails map! Unfortunately, it's full of litter. Bring gloves, a large trash bag and hand sanitizer!

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