Living in northern Fairfax County offers the perfect combination of urban Washington, D.C. with the serene beauty of Virginia. New residents and visitors will find plenty of places to visit in McLean. They can head across the Potomac for a night out on the town, or they take a short drive west to enjoy the slower pace of the countryside. There are endless ways to have fun, no matter your preferences.
Nature buffs love McLean because of its proximity to local and national parks. They offer amazing vistas of the surrounding countryside and the Potomac River. Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is one of the most beautiful places in the area. The preserve is a slice of wilderness just off the Georgetown Pike portion of the beltway. It’s home to Stubblefield Falls, a gorgeous little waterfall the Scott’s Run stream that eventually empties into the Potomac River. The preserve is also home to an ancient grove of Hemlock trees and is a favorite place for hikers in the spring to see carpets of bluebells and other wildflowers. Also part of the Potomac Gorge area is Turkey Run Park, which encompasses a variety of hiking trails through diverse habitats that include riverbanks and forests.
Residents also find plenty of cultural opportunities in Mclean. The McLean Project for the Arts regularly exhibits the work of established and emerging artists from the mid-Atlantic region. Attend a live performance at The Alden, a small theater with nearly perfect acoustics. The venue hosts intimate performances of plays, music, dance and film with performers from around the world. The McLean Orchestra provides professional-level classical music opportunities and also supports the next generation of musicians through the McLean Youth Orchestra. A quick trip along 267 will get you to Wolf Trap National Park, an intimate outdoor theater with performances of all genres of music.