Scotts Run Nature Preserve

McLean, Virginia

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Scotts Run Nature Preserve offers Northern Virginians a relaxing way to spend some time in a deep-forest atmosphere of oak, beech, and tulip poplar. The small streams that spill off high river bluffs nourish carpets of ferns, grasses, and wildflowers. The most spectacular stream is, of course, Scotts Run, with its 30-foot multilevel waterfall that breaks just before the stream joins the Potomac River. Once known as the Burling Tract, named for one of its owners, this preserve is now linked with Riverside and Great Falls parks farther upstream as a link in the Potomac Gorge biological system, a complex of plants and animals—some globally rare and found no where else on earth—that eek out a life along the turbulent Potomac River.
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by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Scotts Run Nature Preserve offers Northern Virginians a relaxing way to spend some time in a deep-forest atmosphere of oak, beech, and tulip poplar. The small streams that spill off high river bluffs nourish carpets of ferns, grasses, and wildflowers.

The most spectacular stream is, of course, Scotts Run, with its 30-foot multilevel waterfall that breaks just before the stream joins the Potomac River. Once known as the Burling Tract, named for one of its owners, this preserve is now linked with Riverside and Great Falls parks farther upstream as a link in the Potomac Gorge biological system, a complex of plants and animals—some globally rare and found no where else on earth—that eek out a life along the turbulent Potomac River.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: McLean
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Open year-round, sunrise to sunset
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Fairfax County Park Authority, River Bend Park, Great Falls (703) 324-8702 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks
Local Maps: USGS Falls Church
Driving Directions: Directions to Scotts Run Nature Preserve

Recent Trail Reviews

3/19/2006
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My husband, my 5 year old, and I really enjoyed this trail. We did some geocaching while here, which was what brought us to the trail. Now that we know about it, we'll come again. Off of the East Parking lot, the trails are very well marked at every intersection. Off of the West Parking lot, not so well marked, especially the smaller cutoffs - some look like deer trails. Just need to watch your track on this side. Waterfall is fun and it's very safe for kids on the main trails and at the waterfront on the West side near the waterfall.


7/30/2004
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Apr 2018