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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Phi Lo (141)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Playing in the rocks is fun and lots of cute puppies :)

Joe M. (67)

Great place but too few trail markings for running. This app and the ability to follow the logged trail made things relatively easy. I did end up running/walking along the Potomac for an extra mile or so. It is really rocky and uneven but beautiful.

Sarah Campbell (62)

1 Completed1 Reviews

My new favorite hike in the McLean area! It took us about 4 hours, but we took our time, stopped and explored, and found a great overlook for a lunch break. The part along the river was definitely the best, with a beautiful beach and shallow water for wading, which leads to a beautiful waterfall! The trail was well maintained, and good for walking and hiking. Definitely bring water/snacks.

Ford Jones (89)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Great way to access Great Falls on those occasions you don't have the cash to enter the park proper.

Kate L (86)

5 Completed2 Reviews

It's really easy to get sidetracked by the secondary trails, but I found them to be the most fun. They have quite a few you are here signs but it's still really easy to mistake the primary and secondary trails but you are surrounded by landmarks so it's hard to get too lost. All and all it is a beautiful hike with some moderately challenging climbs.

Jane Doe (110)

7 Completed3 Reviews

David Smith (78)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Finally a sunny warm Saturday to go for a hike. We arrived at Scott's Run at 9 AM. We entered the first parking area off Georgetown Pike. Lot was very full but we were lucky as some one was just pulling out. Trails are not as clearly marked as I would have hoped. At one point, We apparently split off from main trail, and wound up on secondary trail on north side of Scott's Run. This is a nice trail and leads you down to a point where Scott's Run flows into the Potomac. Nice hill to climb and a couple little rock scrambles too. Nice views, but no way to cross stream to get back to main loop trail, you have to back track. Still early spring so not much flora or fauna action. We will defiantly be back when things get greener.

Stephanie Rogers (475)

23 Completed13 Reviews

Really good trail for a challange or for a family loooking to take it easy with little ones. There are some really steep areas to push yourself but the actual trail to the falls is wide and pretty smooth for easy walking.

William Nixon (37)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Pretty awesome trail! I find I like it best during the winter with snow on the ground and the waterfalls frozen off. Great place to take a family or kids as there are easy paths that are very wide with no serious drop offs. However for those who want to make it interesting there are plenty of tall hills to climb up for some pretty good views. It's a place for a simple hike or a place you can make your own challenging trail.

Chris Colson (228)

12 Completed2 Reviews

nice hike on a snowy spring day! not hard at all, a few steep spots but mainly nice water, big wide paths, the water falls are beautiful and an overall good quick circuit