Hike Through History at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is more than just a place to go hiking, it’s a piece of ancient history. The preserve only exists because more than 500 million years ago, pieces of the ocean floor collided and moved skyward, eventually emerging from the water and creating a piece of land. That’s why the southern edge of the park is a fault zone.

Its towering hemlock trees date back to the last ice age, when the forebearers of today’s trees first popped up in the region. So while you drink in the natural beauty during a hike at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, appreciate the many years and moving parts that made it happen. The modern-day park boasts ample opportunities for hiking. You can explore the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, steal away to the quiet depths of the forest, or savor the sweet aromas of wildflowers that blanket the hills.