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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Sean Robertson (562)

9 Completed1 Reviews

Nice trail to enjoy a bit of nature while almost inside the beltway. Nearly all of the crowds stuck to the waterfall trail. Completely solitary while hiking through the woods on a Sunday after torrential downpours. Supported a pair of Pileated woodpecker. Great spot for a quick getaway.

Anastasia Dieter (82)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Took the pup on her first trail hike. Day after a heavy rain meant lots of mud but it was still a pleasant hike with lots of options for getting back to the car. Great variation in terrain helped break in new gear too!

Christine LaVallee (39)

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was a great trail with great views which is what I care about though after the river it got really steep and a little over grown, so not for the faint of heart. Also the trails weren't well marked so it was hard to tell which one we were on. Still a great hike.

Chris Walsh (601)

42 Completed7 Reviews

Took a pair of four year-olds on their first hike of the summer, so we kept it slow and simple. The initial trail down to the river was nice and wide, great for the kids, but the walk back inland from the river was a bit more narrow and overgrown - no problem for the adults, but the kids kept freaking out about spiderwebs. Able to salvage the day though, we eventually got them splashing around in one of the crossings and all was forgiven.

Jeff Bell (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Katie Conlon (60)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Great hike with a cool dip in the water at the end!

Kavita Khanna (157)

4 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful but not so easy trail! Lots of places to play in the water - some steep uphill climbs and lovely scenes all the way. BEWARE though - the directions on Google and Waze were absolutely incorrect. Go to website and call them for directions - from Virginia side it's 495N, Georgetown Pile exit, turn towards Great Falls and first of 2 parking lots is to your right less than half a mile later.

Maria J Grajeda (118)

4 Completed1 Reviews

Molly Kuehl (342)

4 Completed4 Reviews

My favorite trail in the area (so far). Very scenic and peaceful.

MC Hikers (235)

28 Completed6 Reviews

A nice moderate hike that has a waterfall and parallels the Potomac for the middle third. We completed in 90 minutes and added an extra .5 mile at the end to extend the hike a bit more than the map shows. Parking lot off of Georgetown Pike holds about 10 cars so suggest getting there early. There is an additional lot down the street we noticed also.

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