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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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  • NO FIREWORKS

    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

OSS Training Films

Opening Segment

OSS Training Video

The introductory moments to a film highlighting OSS Basic Military Training at Area A-2 (now Cabin Camp 2). This is one of 4 clips from the 30 minute film.

 
on the ropes

Obstacle Course
Physical fitness is always a key to sucess. This obstacle course challenged even the most fit recruits.

 
pistol house
House of Horrors
Both Area A (Prince William Forest Park) and Area B (Catoctin Mountain Park) had a House of Horrors or 'pistol house.' In the dead of night recruits would be awakened to complete real life instinctive firing exercises.
 
oss film

Demolitions Training
Many of the recruits learned how to detonate explosives on large structures such as houses and bridges in Prince William Forest Park.

 
frontal assault on tanks
Frontal Assault
One of the more complicated military maneuvers is a frontal assault on a fixed position. Here, recruits attempt to fire upon two foreign tanks.

Did You Know?

Visitors recreating in one of the park's picnic areas

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.