Scott's Run Nature Preserve

#1 of 2 trails in Dranesville District Park

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Scott's Run Nature Preserve is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near McLean, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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PV V. (85)

Very nice short hike just outside of DC. Shamefully the water fall area is littered with cups and bottles. Note to self to bring a bag so I may help with a little clean up.

Katherine C (325)

7 Completed7 Reviews

Beautiful trail, lots of people there on a Thursday afternoon. Great place to bring the dog if they like getting in the water. Parts of the trail got narrow along the water where you had tall grass on either side of you.

Christopher Berry (277)

17 Completed4 Reviews

One of my favorite hikes in the DC area. Lot's of ups and downs when you hike to the Potomac Heritage Trail and head down the river. Parking can be an issue at times with so many people wanting to hike down to the waterfall area. Note: I was warned on Sunday by a Park Ranger of a rabid badger near the water so there is wildlife in this park!

Josh Obrien (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Trail is well marked and has lots of options ranging from very easy to moderate. Make sure to check out the waterfall!

P Inmon (93)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful trail. Not a lot of foot traffic. Nice scenery. My first hike and I was solo. Easy to follow. Signs to direct you and markers on trees. Challenging enough for a beginner.

Lola Aremu (76)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Like the trail; great views. Just wish the trails were better marked. First time hiking.

Kara M. (164)

Ok trail got a little sidetracked since only trail makers is paint on a tree. Good trail with dogs

Mark Szymczak (81)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Mike Willis (173)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great little hike with awesome waterfalls when there's prior rainfall. Not very tough though.

Pica DeGallo (262)

6 Completed5 Reviews

I read great reviews but the location was mis-marked on my Google map so we ran around in circles trying to find the park. In retrospect it's obvious but there's still a weird "other" Scott's Run on my map that is not hiking.
Three stars to not bring the rating down.