Scotts Run Nature Preserve

Greenbelt, Maryland

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Out-of-sight Scotts Run Nature Preserve, on the Potomac River very near the beltway, is well supplied with flora, fauna, breathtaking cliff and river views, a waterfall, and rapids, with a variety of hiking trails. This hike loops through thickly wooded uplands and reaches the river in three places. It’s hilly enough to provide about 420 feet of elevation change. There are trailside maps, and blazes are usually easy to spot, but take a map and plan your route before you go. Also, watch for signs on the Potomac Heritage Trail, which traverses the shoreline; it can be muddy, rooty, and rocky.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

Out-of-sight Scotts Run Nature Preserve, on the Potomac River very near the beltway, is well supplied with flora, fauna, breathtaking cliff and river views, a waterfall, and rapids, with a variety of hiking trails.

This hike loops through thickly wooded uplands and reaches the river in three places. It’s hilly enough to provide about 420 feet of elevation change. There are trailside maps, and blazes are usually easy to spot, but take a map and plan your route before you go. Also, watch for signs on the Potomac Heritage Trail, which traverses the shoreline; it can be muddy, rooty, and rocky.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenbelt
Distance: 3 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Birding
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Nearby Riverbend Park, 703-759-9018
Local Maps: Posted at trailhead and at many trail intersections tinyurl.com/scottsruntrailmap
Driving Directions: Directions to Scotts Run Nature Preserve

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