This hike features river views, a waterfall, wildflowers, amphibian breeding areas in spring, and some pretty interesting ruins as... more » 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.
Visitors have flocked to Scott’s Run for years to witness the spring wildflowers that grow there. Sources say that trail-ing arbutus, Virginia bluebells and trillium blooming on the steep hillsides create a small oasis of rare and fragile plants. Remarkable and rare species grow along the precipitous cliffs, in steep valleys and throughout the mature hardwood forest of very large oak and beech trees, ancient hemlock and wild cherry trees that stand as tall as the oaks.
Scotts Run Nature Preserve consists of a rather hilly, wildflower-riddled tract of riverside woodlands scarcely 4 crow-miles northwest of Washington. For songbirds and other wildlife, it’s a true sanctuary.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: McLean (Very near DC but you would never know it! In the vicinity of Great Falls)
Scenery: Rolling woodlands, river views, and hopefully wildflowers
Exposure: Mostly shady with a couple of open areas where it is somewhat sandy near the river
Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or gravel; rocky, rooty near river. There are some boulders too.
Length: 4 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet but in undulating hills
Trail Type: Modified Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration:Up to 3.5 hours including dawdling time at the river and enjoying scenery/pics etc.
Local Maps: USGS Falls Church and my map of choice, PATC Map D
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