Scotts Run Nature Preserve

McLean, Virginia 22102

Scotts Run Nature Preserve

Scotts Run Nature Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Scotts Run Nature Preserve Reviews

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3/19/2006
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.
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7/30/2004
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Trail Information

McLean
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Open year-round, sunrise to sunset
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Fairfax County Park Authority, River Bend Park, Great Falls (703) 324-8702 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks
Local Contacts
USGS Falls Church
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018