Scotts Run Nature Preserve

McLean, Virginia 22102

Scotts Run Nature Preserve

Scotts Run Nature Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Scotts Run Nature Preserve, a 336-acre preserve that buttresses the Potomac River, contains some of DC’s oldest trees. It was established in 1970 when the residents of the neighboring communities fought developers Miller and Smith Associates, who bought the land from the Burling family for $2.4 million to build 309 luxury homes.

Today, Scotts Run Nature Preserve hosts 8 miles of trails on a rolling landscape and in a virtual cathedral of trees. Hiking on the bluff above the river provides an adventure for a young child, while hiking down the bluff to the Potomac offers a cardiovascular challenge for all. Scotts Run offers a multitude of trail combinations, and this wide, well-maintained route accommodates jogging strollers. One note of
caution: The trails in this park are not blazed; therefore, they don’t provide the visual reminder that reassures hikers that they are on the correct path."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
341 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
2-2.5 hours
Additional Use
Scotts Run Nature Preserve
Local Contacts
Not available online or at the park
Local Maps