Looking for a pawsome place to hike with your pooch in the D.C. area? Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is a woofderful spot to spend the day with your furry BFF. Cliffs, valleys, forests, and a waterfall- this place has it all! And it’s located on the banks of the mighty Potomac River.
When you go to Scott’s Run, you and your pupster will
have a variety of trails to choose from. There are two entrances to the park
and both have maps. It’s a good idea to double check your route before you set
off, and if pawssible, have the map pulled up on your phone during your
adventure. Hikers can also check the map
kiosks that are scattered around the trail system.
The park’s trails range from easy strolls to more
difficult treks. If your doggo is in the
mood for a mellow hike, check River Trail or Woodland Trail. If you opt for the
River Trail, your pup can splash in the creek along the way. At the end of the
Woodland Trail, you will find a stone chimney that’s left over from an old home.
Since there is a solid network of trails, you and your four legged hiker can
create your very own route.
When visiting this beautiful preserver there a couple
things to be aware of. First, since water can rise rapidly in Scott’s Run and
the current can be dangerous, there is no swimming or wading. You will definitely
see people ignoring this rule, but if your pal wants to get in the water, stick to
the side streams. Also, be sure to check your pup for ticks when you get home.
Bring plenty of water and also have some clean up bags on hand. Above all else,
have a pawsome time with your pup as you explore these trails!