Bridges of Prince William Forest Park
There are two historically signifigant bridges within Prince William Forest Park. Click on the links below to find out more about their history and construction.
Originally constructed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the South Fork Quantico Creek Bridge design and construction represents a renewal of interest in rustic forms of architecture that also influenced the construction of this bridge. This style highlighted the use of "native" materials: readily available in the surroundings and natural to a park's environment.
The North Fork Quantico Creek Bridge is representative of a common bridge type that became indigenous to the late nineteenth to early twentieth century landscape of America: a low Pratt pony metal truss bridge. The bridge predates the park's development and existence, yet its present use as a trail bridge is in keeping with the original intention of Prince William Forest Park as a preserved wilderness. As one of the last physical remnants remaining from the mining activities in this region of Prince William County, the bridge can also be linked to earlier land use in the area.
Did You Know?
Prior to 1948, Prince William Forest Park was named Chopawamsic Recreation Demonstration Area. The name hinted at one of the park's intended uses as a source of recreational opportunities for the inner-city youth of Washington, D.C.