Enforcement Stepping Up at Scott’s Run

Enforcement Stepping Up at Scott’s Run

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Great Falls, Virginia is a fantastic natural resource to be enjoyed by those looking for a quiet place to enjoy a hike; to gaze at the waterfall and streams, as well as the shoreline of the Potomac River; and to take in the rich abundance of local fauna, woodland creatures and natural resources


If you are seeking a place to drink alcohol, swim or wade in the water, or climb on rocks, this is not the place. The Fairfax County Park Authority will be working collaboratively with the Fairfax County Police Department to ensure only permitted activities take place in this natural area, that people can recreate safely, and that the rules as they apply to alcohol and use of the preserve are observed.

Law enforcement and FCPA staff will be enforcing the rules as follows:

  • No coolers are allowed. No alcohol or glass bottles are permitted in Scott’s Run. Bags will be checked at parking lot trailheads. Enforcement will be stepped up at the waterfall area. 

  • No swimming, wading or boating allowed at Scott’s Run. Crowds in the water threaten the many invertebrates and the remarkable and rare plant species that call the preserve home. Parking is limited to 50 cars in the designated parking areas. No parking is permitted in adjacent neighborhoods or along the roadway leading to the park. Dogs must be on a leash while in the park.

Our rules are posted on the Scott's Run Nature Preserve Park Rules webpage. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rules/scotts-run

Scott's Run Nature Preserve is located at 7400 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia. For more information, visit Scott's Run Nature Preserve. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/scotts-run