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Scott’s Run Nature Preserve


This forest is composed of tall, slender trees including tulip poplar and American beech. The extensive 385-acre park is home to a number of breeding birds, including summer and scarlet tanagers, cerulean, Kentucky, and yellow-throated warblers. Migrants are abundant during both spring and fall, and readily viewed because of the forest’s open lower canopy.


From the previous site on the Great Falls Loop of the VBWT:

Exit Turkey Run Park onto George Washington Memorial Parkway-North. Continue north on the parkway a total of 1.3 miles to I-495 South. Follow the exit road and ramp to I-495 South and exit off the feeder road onto SR 193 west, a total of 1.2 miles. Turn right on SR 193 West; travel for 0.2 miles to Scott’s Run Natural Area Preserve parking area, on the right. The entrance is almost immediately on the right off SR 193 West, but the site is nearly hidden. A second parking area is accessible 0.3 miles further west on SR 193 and has a large parking area. This is the main park entrance.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Fairfax County Park Authority: 703-759-9018
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve (as reported to eBird)

  • Mallard
  • Common Merganser
  • Chimney Swift
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Osprey
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Blue Jay
  • Carolina Chickadee

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Environmental Study Area
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking