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Scott’s Run Nature Preserve
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7400 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA 22102
7400 Georgetown PikeUSVAMcLean22102
(703) 759-9018fairfaxcounty.gov
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Brenda Duong
7 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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Pravin Rao
a year ago
Hidden gem. Wasnt thrilled to see a totally naked (except for his long beard) man in his 70s enjoying the rocks on the water then hiding when he saw me...awkward! However, otherwise an awesome and beautiful spot to explore, run, and breathe deep.
A Google User
4 years ago
I read in a couple of places that this is a stroller-friendly park. Not so. All the trails are unpaved and either uneven dirt trails or covered with stones. Otherwise, it's a nice park to enjoy natural beauty.
Nate Flames
7 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
a year 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.
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Billy Siegfried
a year ago
Waterfall area is great! Occassional stench on the trail to it, not so much...fun place to go!
A Google User
3 years ago
The trails are very nice, although many of them don't have enough traffic to make them very obvious, so you can sometimes get lost. The Potomac Heritage Trail that runs along the Potomac is nice, but is pretty treacherous in places. If you have a phone with a GPS, I highly recommend using an app that can track your movement so you can figure out where you are more easily (I use Backcountry Navigator Pro on my Android). The fire road on the west side of the park that leads to the waterfalls is horrible (but I hate fire roads in general), but if that's where you want to go, that's the most direct route.
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