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Scott's Run Nature Preserve

  • Address:
    7400 Georgetown Pike
    McLean, VA 22102
  • Phone:
    (703) 759-9018
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Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is one of only a few nature preserves in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s holdings. It is a remarkable place of rare plants and splendid beauty. Visitors have flocked to Scott’s Run for years to witness the spring wildflowers. Trailing arbutus, Virginia bluebells and sessile trillium blooming on the steep hillsides create a small oasis of rare and fragile plants.

Scott's Run offers some of the best hiking in Fairfax County. There are two entrances into Scott’s Run off of Georgetown Pike with small parking lots and trailheads leading into the stream valley park. Some of the park’s trails are gentle and wind quietly through the forest. Other trails require hiking up and down steep hills and cliffs. The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail goes through Scott’s Run Nature Preserve and is blazed so hikers can follow it.

The park is open from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

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  • Distance to Nearest Metro Station (mileage): 3.2
  • Nearest Metro Station: McLean
  • Metro Line(s): Silver