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Scott's Run Nature Preserve

7400 Georgetown Pk., McLean, VA
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Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in McLean
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Manassas, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Was looking for something in northern VA area to limit the driving and found this place. The trail was great for walking and was relatively flat and wide. We took our dog and he met many friends along the hike. The river and waterfall are nice and overall it was a good place to enjoy a fall day.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Off Georgetown Pike (Rt 193 and the beltway I495), this popular Nature Preserve is an excellent place to take a walk and leave the noise behind - literally. As you park your car and start your walk into the forest, you gradually hear the traffic noise and other urban pollution fade away. Very soothing. Make you wonder how much ambient... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It was a nice hike with good trails and excellent old growth trees, lots of stuff to look at for kids and adults. You'll want good shoes and or sandals as there are rocks and roots on some of the paths. It was not very crowded, thou when I first got there the parking lot was full, there are 2... More

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Washington, DC
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166 reviews 166 reviews
74 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a beautiful mini-park just off the Georgetown Pike exit of the Beltway. Nice trails and good parking. Terrific place to walk a dog (on a leash please). All of the beauty of Great Falls (less the falls of course) but with no crowds. A place to walk - not picnic!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Scott's Run is a lovely little place to escape the noise and worries of everyday life. I've been going to walk here for about ten years now and it's never ceases to amaze me how calm I feel after a nice walk in the woods. If it's your first time, it's easy to get lost so make sure you keep... More

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McLean, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This park is, in my opinion, far better than Great Falls park. No problem parking, no entry fee, more secluded, more nature. It is truly beautiful. I wish I had discovered this earlier.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Close enough to the Beltway for convenience, far enough so you don't get the traffic noise. It's a large nature preserve crisscrossed with trails. The main loop is over two miles, fords two streams, and brings you to house ruins (just the chimney) and a small waterfall. There are two parking lots on Georgetown Pike, the westernmost one is much... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This wonderful woodland park offers an easy hike to one of the best waterfall picnic sites in the DC area. Several looping trails through the woods offer a variety of easy routes for a pleasant day's walk. The trail along the Potomac River provides several nice overlooks.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The fair weather stream crossings were easy even for a whimp like me. You will encounter 2 of them if you park in the lot directly across from Swinks Mill Road and take the gravel path alongside Scotts Run. If you turn left after the intersection with the other trail at the top of the hill after the 2nd stream... More

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McLean, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is one of the best kept secrets in Northern VA. The park is free, unlike Great Falls park, and has lots of beautiful trails that lead down to waterfalls and the Potomac River. My husband and I met each other and got married in this park three years later between towering trees one gorgeous fall afternoon. The park has... More

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