Scott's Run Nature Preserve, McLean

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Scott's Run Nature Preserve is a nature preserve in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Located in McLean, it is bordered by Virginia State Route 193 to its south, Interstate 495 to its east and the Potomac River to its north. It encompasses 336acre of woodland with its namesake, Scott's Run, flowing through its west side. Scott's Run originates in nearby Tysons Corner and enters the Potomac on the northwest side of the preserve. The preserve is noted for including eastern hemlocks among its plant life, which are rare for the area. It is a popular destination for recreation and hiking and is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.HistoryBefore the property was owned by Fairfax County, it belonged Edward B. Burling, a co-founder of the Covington & Burling law firm. During the 1920s Burling purchased the land for $200 an acre and built a cabin on the north side. He used the property for relaxation and informal business meetings.After Burling's death in October 1966, his descendants sold the property to Miller & Smith Associates (MSA) to avoid its tax burdens. MSA planned to build 309 luxury homes on what was known as the "Burling Tract". Plans also included leaving 52 percent of the land relatively untouched. When Elizabeth Miles Cooke, who lived next to the tract, noticed it was slated for development, she help organize an opposition. After a lengthy debate between citizens, the Virginia Governor, several U.S. senators, developers, and local organizations, voters opted to raise their taxes in a referendum on 14 July 1970. The measure would secure $1.5 million in order to help purchase the land. An additional $1.5 million in funding was provided by the Department of the Interior and $0.6 million from state and local governments. On 5 September 1970 the tract was officially purchased by Fairfax County for $3.6 million.
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  • What I love about this hike is the reward: although it isn’t a big one, there is a waterfall at the end of the hike.  more »
  • A nice short walk - parking can be tough and the stream crossings can get your feett a little wet. Lots of dogs.  more »
  • Great parking - two different access points. The most Western access has best parking and is trail head for main trail. Great trails. Accessible and stepping stone creek crossings. Gravel and dirt tra...  more »
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  • This place is great for going for a swim and enjoying nature. You are not supposed to swim, but many many people still do it anyways regardless of the rules. There is a very nice waterfall and a rope swing as well, would not recommend going on though because it is kind of dangerous. This park has a nice trail that you can follow and walk around. The reason why this did not get 5 stars is because it is very dirty, I think that they are trying to fix this problem. The park stinks and smells like sewage. This place is really nice, but it is kind of dirty and disgusting. Despite that many kids and teenagers go here during the summer. It is a very fun place to go and take many pictures!!
  • A very wide open and beautiful park. Even though there’s a storm drain or sewage drain that makes half the park smell awful, it’s still a great place to enjoy nature with your friends and family. There’s a small waterfall and areas where you can swim though you’re not suppose to be
  • Lovely scenic preserve. Great walking trails. Bring your camera....nature is your subject!
  • Our go to for dog walking. An oasis in McLean with a big trail system. Take a picture of the maps as you can get lost
  • Beautiful Hiking Trail! A bit muddy after snow but perfect trailing to get your heart rate up, or for whole family to enjoy. There are also several different trails to go to get to the boulders for the BIG view of the river.
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