Scott's Run Nature Preserve

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Scott's Run Nature Preserve

Scott's Run Nature Preserve
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Passport209125
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Family
I love Scott’s run because it’s a short hike to the Potomac River. Children and dogs on leash are welcome and the leaves are fantastic in the Fall. Just remember that you are going downhill to the river do you will be coming back uphill. You can also climb up to a small waterfall. The 11year old granddaughter and the dogs loved it.
Written February 11, 2020
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Simi984
Washington DC, District of Columbia22 contributions
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 your phone/gps on you if you're not great with remembering maps. Also, make sure you bring water if you plan in scaling the rocks as one can get overheated (in the summer) pretty quickly. Wear sneakers, not flips flops, because there are areas to cross over stepping stones through the water and I've seen a lot of people slip and fall. There are two separate parking lots on Georgetown Pike that fill up pretty fast on the weekends so try to come early! It's a great way to start the day
Written July 1, 2014
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Stef4115
Annandale, VA1,312 contributions
Couples
We were looking for somewhere to take an afternoon hike to a waterfall without having to drive a great distance, and I came across the information for Scott's run. It was a very quick trip from our home, although we drove right past the parking lot on the way in.. google maps had it right off the highway and on the left... it's at the bottom of the gulley on the right.. not too far from the highway, but also not where google said it was. I didn't actually see a sign.. we just saw lots of cars parked, so made the assumption that we were there! The road in is crazy busy on a Saturday afternoon, and to make a left out of the parking lot was challenging when we left. We arrived around 10am, and the lot was pretty full, but we managed to wait for a couple minutes and someone left.

People complained about trash, and although there was some trash, it was not what I expected by the comments. The garbage can at the parking lot was overflowing, however, and people had left boxes of old beer bottles presumably where they had been parking and drinking. We didn't see a lot of trash on the trails, though.

The trails are well groomed, but not marked very well. We went to the waterfall first and that was pretty easy to find. People were wading in the creek, children swimming, and families picnicking on the banks. There are some areas where you have to walk either through the water (on concrete) or on stepping pillars over the water. Neither is difficult unless you have balance issues, and/or don't want your feet to get wet. We wore sneakers, but wish we'd had on our water hikers.

The falls are quite pretty, but smallish. There were people floating around in inner tubes at the base. There was a rock covered in graffiti right at the crest of the falls, that was really a shame. Hopefully the park service can get out there with a power washer to remove the paint. There was some garbage floating in the pool.

From the falls we took the steps up to see the old cabin. I hadn't done much reading so expected an actual cabin, and not just an old chimney... was still cool to see in the middle of the woods. We headed back to the parking lot by way of another path. We came to intersections with trail maps that showed us at straight stretches.. we had at least two of these which seemed to be in the wrong place. We followed one trail and then realized we were going in the wrong direction, so had to turn around and retrace our steps. The entire park is not large, so even if you go the wrong way, it's not like you're going far out of your way. Perhaps the park service could put up some small inconspicuous signs that say things like "parking" with an arrow, or "cabin"..

But away from the path to the falls, we had the woods to ourselves. I was thrilled with the silence of the forest, despite being in the midst of urban madness. We saw toads, lizards and chipmunks, and heard a big woodpecker, although never could find him.
Written July 5, 2018
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madie
Washington DC, DC1 contribution
Solo
Went here to check out the waterfall and unfortunately it was just bad. People had loud music playing and it was packed with teens. There was also so much trash around and people smoking all over the place. It’s honestly frustrating and unfortunate that people can’t enjoy nature and instead are out there destroying it and ruining the experience for others. I don’t think I’ll be returning. Maybe when it’s a bit colder and people aren’t out there partying and there to swim.
Written June 20, 2021
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Susan
Markham, Canada12 contributions
Sorry, but I cannot see how this is so highly rated. Are people walking around blindfolded? There was trash literally everywhere. I even saw someone throwing trash on the floor. Someone alsmost scratched my car, we got a parking ticket as parking was a free for all. I hated my time here.
Written August 11, 2020
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Heather A
Chantilly, VA53 contributions
Family
My family and I went to hike to the falls. We waited until later in the day because we knew there was limited parking and that it is a well-trafficked area. The parking part worked out for us but the hike was a let down. There was the smell of raw sewage in two areas of the hike. When we reached the falls, the area was littered with trash. People were in the water when "no swimming" was clearly posted. If you're looking for a pleasant, pristine place to hike, pass this by. It's a shame because the falls were beautiful but the surrounding area was a mess. Definitely not what you'd expect for McLean, VA.
Written August 15, 2017
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destinador
Washington DC, DC72 contributions
Friends
Scott's Run Nature Preserve is a haven for those who are no big time hikers, joggers or adventure seekers. It is more for a casual, relaxed walk amidst nature.
Written June 3, 2019
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GenSanFrancisco
San Francisco, CA21 contributions
Family
Erg. What can I say. Have been to this park multiple times over the years. And had multiple conflicts with people who do not have their dogs on leashes or under their control. I dont know what it is other than the area culture of people who are just irresponsible. While this is of course always an occasional problem, it is acute in this park. But then again - if you go here - notice how many signs there are to not go swimming. Its clear locals just dont take "no" for an answer and will do whatever they want.

Great park. But go somewhere else and avoid the people who are above the rules.
Written May 10, 2019
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ushatr
Chennai (Madras), India38 contributions
Family
March is really cold to attempt a hike here for the faint heart...
The trees are bare but the sky is clear the wind is crisp the walk through is marvelous. Not too many people so less noise and you can hear the wind blow, the water gush and the whisper of the fallen leaves. The experience is great....far from the madding crowd!
Written March 27, 2019
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kcwahoo
Pimmit, VA37 contributions
Family
A nice short walk - parking can be tough and the stream crossings can get your feett a little wet. Lots of dogs.
Written January 22, 2018
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