Outside firewood is prohibited in Prince William Forest Park, unless it is certified USDA 'bug free' firewood. Dead and downed wood may be collected from designated areas for use while in the park. Help us protect the forest from invasive species!
Warm Wet Spring = More Ticks
Please check yourself and your pets for ticks continually during and after your visit. Ticks are less prevelent if you stay on trail or in mowed areas. Wearing light colored clothing helps you spot them before the attach.
Temp. Closure C-Loop Bathroom
Due to sequestration cuts, the C-Loop bathroom at Oak Ridge Campground will remain closed. Please use the B-Loop restroom, a short walking distance away. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most of the questions visitors ask in Prince William Forest park fall into one of six categories: camping/lodging and park facilities, things to do in the park, details about the park, directions to the park, park resources and wildlife and safety. Here are some of the questions most often asked of park employees:
CAMPING AND LODGING
1. Where can I park my trailer (or RV)?
2. Where can I camp?
For primitive camping, Chopawamsic Backcountry Area use permits are issued at park visitor center up to 24 hours in advance (in person).
4. Are there showers in the park?
5. Where can I stay in the park if I'm not camping?
6. Can I use my cell phone in the park?
THINGS TO DO IN THE PARK
1. Can we ride horses in the park?
2. Can we bring canoes or kayaks to the park?
3. Is there any place to swim in the park?
Swimming at the Prince William Forest RV Campground pool is restricted to registered guests only.
4. Can we fish in the park?
5. Where can I see wildlife?
DETAILS ABOUT THE PARK
1. Where do I pay my park fee? Do I have to pay a fee? How much is the fee?
2. How long is the scenic drive?
Starting/stopping at the entrance station is twelve miles.
3. How many visitors come to the park each year?
4. How big is Prince William Forest Park?
5. Is this a National Park? When did it become a unit of the National Park System?
6. When is the park's busy season?
HOW DO I GET TO THE PARK?
From points south: Take I-95 to exit 150 to Joplin Road (Va. 619 west). The park entrance is the second right.
Approximate driving times: From Washington, D.C., 45 minutes; from Fredericksburg, Va., 20 minutes.
1. Where is the best place to hike?
2. Are there many snakes in the park?
3. Do I have to worry about black bears?
4. How clean are the streams that run through the park?
Did You Know?
Because of its abundance and high sulfur content, Pyrite, also known as "Fool's Gold," was once mined in what is now Prince William Forest Park (1889-1920) to be used in products ranging from light bulbs to soap.