Scott's Run Nature Preserve

#1 of 2 trails in Dranesville District Park
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.

2.29 miles Loop 462 feet
Dog Friendly
hiking trail running walking dogs leash forest river
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Quentin Whiteree

6 Completed2 Reviews

Lovely hike. Lots of people. Parking at at premium. Get there early.

Diana DeMaria

9 Completed0 Reviews

Nice East Coast scenery within easy driving distance of the Capitol.


23 Completed2 Reviews

Nice hiking trails leading to Scott's Run Waterfall

Ted Nasol

7 Completed5 Reviews

Went here with a couple of friends for a loop run! We were impressed by the well kept trails as well as the luscious scenery! It's usually packed here on the weekends and parking might be difficult. But if there's a possibility for a weekday run/walk/hike, then by all means do it! You'll pretty much have the whole place to yourself! I am a frequent runner here, and I have to say that this place NEVER gets old! Highly recommend it!

Zac Hallett

1 Completed1 Reviews

Lindsay Knotts

3 Completed2 Reviews

Adam Roades

1 Completed1 Reviews

My wife and I took our four girls (ages 11 through 6) for a wonderful hike at Scott's Run this morning. A "sewage" smell was only faintly noticeable in the upper parking lot. We followed the route outlined on, working our way down to the falls. We'll need to remember swim gear next time so we can take a dip in the water! Instead of getting wet, we opted to climb the rocks far above the falls. The rocks were sheer at times, so thankfully no one slid down! We had lunch on the point and caught an osprey and heron having lunch out on the Potomac. The rest of the trail was uneventful, but pleasant. For a Saturday morning, the trails were populated, but not crowded. We'll definitely be going back to explore some of the other trails, especially the ruins which we weren't able to get to.

Brian Winters

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail system. Lots of diversity and wildlife.


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

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.