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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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  • 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.

  • 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!

History & Culture

Discover the 8,000 years of human history protected within Prince William Forest Park.


On our people page, you'll learn more about the individuals or groups of individuals that have shaped the history of Prince William Forest Park. This include people that were here before the park including Native Americans and early park farm families. The page also tells the story of the various ways that African Americans have shaped the park landscape and development. Here you can also learn about the boys of the Civilian Conservation Corps, who built the cabin camps, and the summer campers and Office of Strategic Services trainees who used them.

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
Can't make it down to Prince William Forest Park? Take a walk through park history through our Virtual Museum Exhibit. Stop and look at the artifacts and photographs that tell stories of the people who lived on and shaped this remarkable landscape.

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.