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
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.
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!
History & Culture
Discover the 8,000 years of human history protected within Prince William Forest Park.
Places hold power - and this is especially true in Prince William Forest Park. Here, the forest has erased much of what was visible here before. Visit our places page to learn about the towns of Hickory Ridge, Batestown, and Joplin that were absorbed through the creation of the park. Or you can learn about the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine or the Poor House, two historically important sites located in Prince William Forest Park.
Visit our stories page to learn about the development of Prince William Forest Park. Learn about how the Department of Interior found this location and discover how early planners struggled with segregation issues while developing the park. Here you can also learn about the earlier colonial era farmers that first taimed the forest and about life in the area during the Civil War.
There are over 150 historic structures in Prince William Forest Park. There are also historic bridges and other infrastructure along with the thousands of important stories that should not be lost to time. Visit our preservation page to read some of the research reports on Prince William Forest Park and to learn about the park's ongoing efforts at preservation.
Virtual Museum Exhibit
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.