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Scott's Run

  • Apr 20, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is home to the closest waterfall to Washington DC and a beautiful overlook of the Potomac. It's a small park, with lots of secondary trails to explore, but don't underestimate it - one circuit provides enough log scrambles and hill climbs for a fun short hike.

We have to keep this meetup small because parking is so limited, but I'm sure we'll visit again. Please RSVP only if you intend to go, and update your status if your plans change.

The route: From the north end of the parking lot, we’ll follow the trail along Scott’s Run downstream, crossing it twice over stepping stones at low water crossings before arriving at the waterfall where Scott’s Run empties into the Potomac. From there we’ll walk east, downstream along the Potomac Heritage Trail to a cliff overlook with a great view of the Potomac. Then it’s back south almost to the east parking lot of the park before turning west to walk back through the woods to our starting point.

The main route is around 2.25 miles, but we may stray off onto a secondary trail or two just for kicks.

The surface is gravel and dirt paths. Overall difficulty is moderate but there are steps, steep climbs and log scrambles here and there that occasionally bump it up a notch.

• Google map:

How to get there: From the I-495 Capital Beltway (either direction), take exit 44 for VA-193/Georgetown Pike towards Langley/Great Falls. Drive west about 0.7 miles, going past the first sign for Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, to the intersection with Swinks Mill Road. The entrance to the parking area will be on your right.

How to find us: We will meet in the north end of the parking lot, 7534 Georgetown Pike,  GPS =[masked],[masked]

What to bring: Water, sturdy walking shoes with some tread on them, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). This is a kids-free zone, no one under the age of 18 please.

Administrative stuff: There are no restrooms or drinking fountains at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. There is a McDonalds about 2.5 miles away in McLean at 6920 Old Dominion Drive if you need to make a pit stop before the hike.


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  • John M

    Nice Sunday afternoon walk! Thanks

    April 21, 2014

  • Sook K.

    Thanks, John for another wonderful hike/walk in the beautiful trails.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Kate y.

    Thank you very much John.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Jim

    Thanks, John! Tromping along the high trails by the Potomac was the perfect Easter Sunday afternoon tonic.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Dario

    Glad I found you guys .
    Great hike, nice group.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Dario

    K. I am in the other side which is part of the trail , so I might meet you guys at some point.

    April 20, 2014

  • Dario

    I am in Langley club. That is where my GPS took me. Am I in the right place or at the other end?

    April 20, 2014

  • Kay M

    Just here looking for parking

    April 20, 2014

  • Dario

    I am here. Hope it is the right place. I am in a parking lot next a tennis and basketball field.

    April 20, 2014

  • John M

    Hey folks,

    Tomorrow looks like a sunny day, 63 degrees, and a 9-14 mph breeze, so bring a light jacket or something for when we aren't on the move. Thinking about those log scrambles, maybe long pants are a good idea, too. My cell phone is[masked], please give me a call (no texts) if there's anything you need.

    See you at Scott's Run!

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Skysusan

    Darn... The steps and steep climbs are good, but sounds like the log scrambles might be my downfall... literally!
    Have an excellent time :) sky

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • lynn m.

    Wow--sounds like another awesome hike--that I can't make 8 - (....once again , family obligations prevail. HAve fun!

    April 19, 2014

  • Dianne

    Sounds like a great hike. Sprained ankle, so can't join. Have fun !

    April 19, 2014

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