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Scott's Run Nature Preserve

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Address: 7400 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102-2142

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As the weather is getting nicer, both parking lots fill up faster and faster. I parked in the West lot which is twice the size as the East and it was almost full by 9:15a on a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As the weather is getting nicer, both parking lots fill up faster and faster. I parked in the West lot which is twice the size as the East and it was almost full by 9:15a on a Sunday morning. When I left at 10:15, I could have sold my spot and made one gentleman very happy when he saw that... More 

Thank jehenson81
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Easy but steep. Took our 4yo and he was dragging his rear on the way back up. No one was there and it was wonderful. We enjoyed taking photos of the area and having it all to ourselves.

Thank Autumn L
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

The smell along the trail was awful--sewage. Small waterfall. Lots of people in the water and on the rocks so it was hard to get any uncluttered pic. Easy wide path though.

Thank Karen O
Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

There are trails provided for hikers of all levels of fitness. Parking is very limited, so on weekends (especially during summer), remember to come early. At the bottom of the trail is a lovely waterfalls area. For those that want a fairly leisurely hike that isn't too intense in Northern VA, this is a good way to spend a morning.

1 Thank Matt B
Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is a beautiful park on the edge of the Potomac River with hiking trails through wooded parkland. It's not nearly as crowded as Great Falls National Park, which is right next door. There's also no entrance fee. Parking is somewhat limited. You can walk on the roads or on the trails, both easy to follow and well marked. It's... More 

Thank kateb1111
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place for hikes with little kids. Our kids are 7 and 3 and they love walking around here. Not much elevation so it is easy. Enough paths for variety. Great way to see nature without traveling too far and with causing kids to complain about being tired and bored. All seasons are good for visiting for different reasons. Although... More 

Thank JCYang
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

This is a very nice little nature preserve sandwiched between high-end neighborhoods just outside the Beltway. Look for the sign describing how locals saved the land from developers. Hiking down and back to the river is fun, plus you can link to trails running up and down the river.

1 Thank Richard S
Manassas, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

There are several trails within the nature preserve. I tried to do the biggest loop from the eastern parking lot. I may have a few minor regrets. While the Preserve is nicely shaded and has some great views of the Potomac, pay attention to the sign that tells you that certain trails are only recommended during fair weather (or when... More 

1 Thank TravelerTP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

This place was beautiful and easy to do with a 2 year old in the backpack and a 5 and 8 year old walking! My kids loved the waterfall and walking across the stones!!My only complaint would be that it had very limited parking!! Get there early!

Thank Nikki J
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

This small little hike is packed with beautiful little creeks that eventually lead to a decent size waterfall on the Potomac. The climbs to and from the fall is a little rigorous so not good for small dogs. Take water with you and good walking shoes.

1 Thank Jullie01

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