Visitor Center partial closure
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center will close three days a week begining December 17th, 2013. The closure will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week between December 17th, 2013 to March 1st, 2014.
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!
Though Prince William Forest Park was founded largely as a natural area to be used for recreation, the preservation of this forest has protected the history of this land as well. What could have turned to shopping malls and housing developments, now lies safely protected forever beneath the trees.
Over 45 family cemeteries exist within the park. At least 300 individual burials have been identified. The location of these sites will not be revealed to anyone but family descendants, but the stories of these remarkable people deserve to be celebrated.
If you do come across a family cemetery in Prince William Forest Park, please respect these sites and do not attempt to move or remove any artifacts. It is illegal to remove or alter any artifacts or historic sites within a National Park and violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
If you are a member of a park family, please contact the visitor center at 703-221-7181 or via email to plan a visit, request an additional burial or share information about your family history.
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.