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.
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.
Did You Know?
By the 1900s, Beavers were entirely extirpated from Virginia and were difficult to find across the entire lower 48 states due to over-consumption by humans. In 1950, Boy Scouts reintroduced 5 beavers into Prince William Forest Park. Today are more than 80 beavers in the 15,000 acre park.