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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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    Reminder to park visitors. Fireworks are prohibited at Prince William Forest Park.

  • Oak Ridge Campground Site A29 closure

    Oak Ridge Campground site A29 will be closed until safety concerns have been mitigated. Please do not use that site until it has been reopened.

  • 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.

  • Firewood

    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!

  • Visitor Center Remodel 2014

    Over the next several months there will be new changes coming to the Visitor Center. Presently we are remodeling the bookstore area to give it more of a country theme. Next the exibit area will get all new exhibits. Thank you for your patience and support


a ranger follows the tracks

A junior ranger follows the tracks to learning!

Matthew Lawrence

Follow the Path to Learning - Letterbox!

Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering and puzzle solving. Prince William Forest Park has created its own letterboxing course for kids close to the visitor center. Print out the booklets below or bring them to the park or stop by the visitor center and ask a ranger for a booklet.

Use the letterboxing booklets (PDF) to follow the clues to a small, weatherproof box containing a logbook and a rubber stamp.

Letterboxing Booklet 1: Piedmont Forest

Letterboxing Booklet 2: Laurel Loop Trail

Did You Know?

Office of Strategic Service (OSS) recruits learning Morse code during the Second World War

Prince William Forest Park was used by the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the CIA) as a training camp for spies during World War II. Today, you can rent a cabin where spies once learned their trade.