Scott’s Run Nature Preserve (McLean, VA)

About the Trip

Another beautiful day in the NOVA area. We seem to have lucked out re: our mild winter this year. Dave had a new pair of hiking boots to break in, so I put mine on too and we took a short trip over to McLean, VA to Scott’s Run Nature Preserve to do a little hiking.

(Aside: We love Merrell. When we were hiking in Patagonia last year, Dave’s boot was rubbing against the tendon in his heel. It was an agonizing 3 days as we logged a good 40 miles. So upon our return, Dave wrote a letter to Merrell explaining his situation and they told him to send the boots back and to choose 3 pairs of boots that he liked and they would send him a new pair. Well, he got a great pair! And now, Dave has happy hiking feet. The End….or should I say The Beginning?)

The preserve is situated right next to I-495, so even though you get to enjoy the beauty of nature, you are constantly reminded that you are still within the realm of the metropolitan area as you can hear the constant hum of the interstate.

Anyway, it was a great day at Scott’s Run. We actually saw wildlife….aka white-tailed deer. (Another Aside: Why do we always see more wildlife closer to home? I can’t understand it.) We stumbled upon a small waterfall that resides right alongside the Potomac River. And we swear that we had the best seats in the park sitting high atop a cliff that overlooked the Potomac River….(we took a detour path up a hill and were rewarded with some pretty awesome views. The best part? It was all free! It was quite a lovely day if we do say so ourselves.

What have you guys been up to this weekend? Do you have any recommendations for spring adventures? Please share!



  • IPhone4S for camera
  • 1 NorthFace Backpack
  • Layered clothing
  • Hats
  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Trail Mix
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Smiley Faces


Show me the dough

Fuel Cost=~1.00