Top Adventures in McLean

  • Hike the Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail

    This nature preserve can be hiked year-round and is a sanctuary for rare wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife including deer and fox. There are six main interconnecting trails that run through the preserve; winding their way around matured hardw...

    2.5 miles

  • Hike at Turkey Run Park, McLean

    Turkey Run Park is available to hikers year-around and is located just off of George Washington Parkway in McLean, Virginia. The exits are clearly marked and you simply drive to parking lot C-1 to start this hike.Turkey Run has numerous trail opti...

    2 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike Billy Goat Trail Section B

    Park in the lot on MacArthur Blvd. (see map) to access the trailhead. Trail is well-defined but little-traveled. You may want to bring a field guide for identifying wildflowers and the critters of the region. Photos: brown pau, Fritz Flohr Reynold...

    2.7 miles 68 ft gain

  • Hike Difficult Run in Great Falls

    Difficult Run is a popular hiking location right down the street from Great Falls National Park. Starting at the Difficult Run parking lot you head to the trail at the far end of the lot. The trail will split. The green blazes will take you to the...

    3 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike Great Falls and the Billy Goat Trail

    Just outside of Washington DC is a great hike and rock scramble you don't want to miss. Great Falls lies in both Virginia and Maryland and has beautiful views of the Potomac River.Start out at the Great Falls Tavern parking lot (Maryland side), an...

    4.5 miles 250 ft gain

  • Photograph Great Falls of the Potomac

    Viewing Great Falls is easy which makes this adventure great for all levels of adventurers. There is a ~$10 entrance fee, there you will receive a map of the park. There are 3 platforms of viewing Great Falls, each platform has stunning  panoramic...

    0.25 miles

  • Hike the Soapstone Valley Trail

    This is an out-and-back trail that starts and ends on different roads, but you will have better luck parking on Albemarle Street NW (where I have indicated the trailhead is on the map). This is a long street with plenty of street parking, just pay...

    2 miles

  • Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail to Chain Bridge

    Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail through forest, hill and valley landscapes, as you follow along the river, itself. Starting at Roosevelt Island, you can hike as far as 8.4 miles roundtrip to Chain Bridge, with great views along the way.Make sure t...

    8.4 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike Theodore Roosevelt Island

    It seems only fitting that the president who gave us our national parks would have one all to his own.  Located on the edge of Washington D.C., Theodore Roosevelt Island offers a glimpse of what the city may have looked like before the politicians...

    2 miles

  • Hike from Colvin Run Mill to the Potomac

    From the historic Colvin Run Mill, head out of the parking area toward Difficult Run Trail. Follow this trail for roughly four miles as you hike along Difficult Run to the Potomac River.Photo credit: Steve Petrucelli

    8 miles 40 ft gain

  • Hike from Riverbend Regional Park to Great Falls National Park

    This hike utilizes the Potomac Heritage Trail from Riverbend Park to Great Falls National Park. This section is an easy, mostly flat trail that will take you along the Potomac until you reach Great Falls National Park. When you reach Riverbend Par...

    2.5 miles 75 ft gain

  • Hike the C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls

    Park on the road adjacent to the canal as indicated on the map (see below). This is a popular trail which is dog friendly and accessible year-round. Photos: Chris DiGiamo, Christopher Eliot, Fritz Flohr Reynolds

    6.28 miles 141 ft gain

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