An easy/moderate 2.2-mile River and Waterfall Hike!!
"This hike features river views, a waterfall, wildflowers, amphibian breeding areas in spring, and some pretty interesting ruins as well. It includes palisades along the Potomac and the rocky lower end of Scotts Run." Copyright 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Duration: Approx 2 hours (including dawdling/picture time)
Length: Approx 2.2 miles
Surface: dirt, gravel, and rocky near the river
MEET NEAR THE WOODEN STEPS IN THE PARKING LOT!! Meet/Greet at 9am, begin hiking shortly thereafter NLT 9:15am
Directions: From I-495, take Exit 44 to get onto Georgetown Pike (VA 193) heading roughly west. Proceed for 0.7 miles, passing the smaller satellite lot that will be only 0.3 miles along the road. Then, just after Swinks Mill road sign on left, and just before Betty Cooke Bridge sign on the right (the bridge will be in view when you see the sign for Swinks Mill Road), turn right into the preserves main parking lot.
We WILL be practicing LEAVE NO TRACE!!
Dogs are welcome on this hike (ON-leash)!!
*Personal Note: I have not done this hike before. If you have done this hike in the past and are planning to attend, please let me know if I can look to you for guidance, if need be. Thank you!