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Scott’s Run Nature Preserve
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7400 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA 22102
7400 Georgetown PikeUSVirginiaMcLean22102
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"I have been hiking in this preserve for more than forty years."
"The dogs sure loved it (so if you're afraid of dogs."
"We came here for "hiking."
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Scotty ST
a month ago
A beautiful hiking area close to Washington, D.C. The park is not as crowded as Great Falls and you can spend 3 hours or more here and be very content. Today I came with a few friends to see the waterfall that sits along the river. It's a wonderful place to go on a date or bring the kids. The parking lot is much smaller then Great Falls to be prepared for that. Trails are easy to intermediate level.
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Alice Wang
2 months ago
I've had Scott's Run bookmarked for months now, but I'm so glad I waited until today to go for a hike. It was the most perfect, gorgeous day; the weather was fall-like and just got me all stoked for when fall actually arrives. Anyways, I persuaded the boyfriend to go hiking with me to Scott's Run. Parking was crowded but there were still a few spots left. Definitely come a bit earlier to snatch up a legit parking spot. We hiked the Potomac Heritage Trail, which was a fairly easy hike down to the Potomac River and the waterfall. There's one slightly steep incline followed by one fairly steep downhill but otherwise the unpaved path is not bad at all. We saw tons of people - couples, families with small kids, dogs - hike this path without much difficulty. There are several other trails too. One of the reasons why I like Scott's Run is that you can make it as easy or as difficult of a hike as you want it to be. The view as you approach the waterfall and the river is picturesque. Even though there are signs stating a strict no swimming policy, it doesn't seem like anyone was paying heed to these signs. I saw lots of folks and their canine friends dipping in the river and in the waterfall. The water is calmer and shallower here, allowing folks to easily wade around. Just be careful of the rocks in the water, which can be very slippery. Also be careful if you're trying to climb around and to the top of the waterfall, as the rocks are very slippery and uneven. Very scenic and idyllic, a sharp contrast to the bustling suburban crawl just minutes away from this natural preserve.
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Brenda Duong
11 months ago
I got here at 9am on a Saturday. I know they have 2 parking lots, but I think I parked at the small one. It is really close to the Georgetown Pike from 495 exit on the right side. At that time, half the lot was full. We came here for "hiking". I say that in quotes because it felt more like a leisurely walk through the forest. The trail is basically a loop and there was a little bit of rocks but for the most part it was pretty flat and easy to walk. It's a nice place to go if you just want to enjoy being in nature and see some wildlife (we saw deer and a salamander!)
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Wil Lei
a year ago
Hard to find parking in the two lots. Google mapping takes you to the Langley Pool. The trails are nice and natural, running downhill to the stream and then the waterfall. So that means a good steep, but short uphill hike back to the lots. Unfortunately, our group got sidetracked several times as the trails are not clearly marked (not even a well worn path to tell where everyone goes) except for the one paved, gravel trail that goes directly to the falls. The falls are actually small (note that I've been to falls in Hawaii and Niagara) but still nice end to the hike. Don't expect lush flowers or a pool to wade in. It empties into the Potomac right there. What is good is taking a stroll through the forest, along the stream, and hanging out on the rocks in the stream. The dogs sure loved it (so if you're afraid of dogs... lots of people bring their dogs here)
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Tom Barnett
in the last week
What a spectacular spot. Most people will never make it here, distracted by Great Falls. But make sure you check it out. The hike to the waterfall is gorgeous no matter the season and the easy access to the river is great.
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Eric Patterson
a week ago
Great place for a weekend hike but go early. The parking lot fills up very quickly!
Nate Flames
11 months ago
I have been hiking in this preserve for more than forty years. Needless-to-say, it has special meaning to me and my family. Thus I was horrified to see signs posted throughout the area stating that deer are being subject to bow hunting in this PRESERVE. Preservationists united to save this land back when it was the Burling Tract, but why aren't people rallying to protect deer from being stalked by bow hunters in this haven? If deer numbers are that high, why weren't/aren't alternatives being considered/used?
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Joe Pina
2 years ago
Love this place. Great way to spend and afternoon. Not big enough for more than a day trip, but this is perfect for a nice sunny day. Like today! Strollers beware, some place are a challenge. I would have a body harness attached to your torso for your baby.