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.
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
There are many individuals who shaped the past and present Prince William Forest Park. Click on the links below to learn more about these fascinating lives.
From 1942-1945, the Office of Strategic Services occupied Prince William Forest Park. Beneath the cover of a vast forest, America's fledgling spy agency trained thousands of men how to win the hidden front of World War II - the clandestine war.
The Civilian Conservation Corps built Prince William Forest Park from scratch. From 1936 to 1942, the CCC used locally harvested materials to turn farmland into an outdoor playground for D.C. area residents.
Generations of families lived, farmed, and died on lands that today make up Prince William Forest Park. Remnants of their lives are scattered beneath this forest preserve. They are our park families, and their stories should not be forgotten.
The African American story in Prince William Forest Park is as diverse as the wildflowers in springtime. Learn more about the African American experiences of workers at the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine, farmers in Hickory Ridge and Batestown, and summer camp kids who left D.C. during the great depression to enjoy the great outdoors.
The great Revolutionary War Generals George Washington and the French Comte de Rochambeau marched together toward Yorktown and toward victory. They used a historic road trace that now passes through Prince William Forest Park.
Chopawamsic means 'by the small isolated lodge' in the language of the Algonquian people who once inhabited this land. Learn more about their lives and livelihoods on this land before European contact.
Did You Know?
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.