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Potomac Heritage Trail - Scott's Run

Intermediate
 4.0 (6)

This trail, marked with light blue blazes, is the longest single section in the nature preserve.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

93%

Runnable

268' 82 m

High

64' 20 m

Low

285' 87 m

Up

190' 58 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Description

This trail is for those coming specifically to see the falls or looking to extend for a longer run. Follow the light blue blazes. This area has many trails and even more (confusing) connectors so looking at the posted maps or using the Trail Run Project mobile app is essential.

The section between the west parking lot and the waterfall is nice and easy. There are two creek crossings but stepping stones make them easy.

From the waterfall, going east gets a little more difficult. The trail is narrow and is full of rocks and roots. Be prepared to slow down while you are along the Potomac. There is a steep climb up to the Stubblefield Falls Overlook, but after that it gets easier.

The path widens on the eastern side of the preserve, and you'll need to take one of the connectors or follow the Laurel Ridge Trail to get to the Oak Trail.

The end of the Potomac Heritage Trail dumps you out into a neighborhood. If you turn left and follow the road, it'll lead you to the Potomac Heritage Trail - Roosevelt Island to Scott's Run.

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Chris Kroehler

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Photos

sunrise
Mar 9, 2020 near McLean, VA
Scott's Run waterfall.
Jan 23, 2017 near McLean, VA
Looking northwest across the Potomac!
Jan 6, 2019 near McLean, VA
Very steep
Jun 16, 2020 near McLean, VA
Stubblefield Falls Overlook provides a nice view of both the falls and the Potomac.
Feb 27, 2017 near McLean, VA
Scott's Run Waterfall cascades serenely near a viewpoint on the Potomac Heritage Trail.
Feb 27, 2017 near McLean, VA

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May 20, 2017
Scott MacIntyre
1.9mi
May 14, 2017
Scott MacIntyre
Feb 27, 2017
Chris Kroehler
7.3mi — 1h 15m