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.
Artifacts Recovered from the Poor House
The artifacts found around the Poor House structures are similar to those found at farm sites throughout the Park. The finds included decorated ceramics, bits of glass tumblers, tobacco pipes, and part of a harmonica reed.
The residents of the Poor House seem to have used dishes, drinking glasses and other objects that looked much like those of their neighbors. Of course, these objects may have been donated to the poor, or purchased second hand by the overseers. We can’t tell from archeological fragments whether the dishes were chipped or cracked by the time they came to the Poor House. The harmonica reed is an evocative find, and we can imagine some elderly resident sitting in front of the Poor House playing a lonesome tune.
Did You Know?
Prince William Forest Park was used by the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the CIA) as a training camp for spies during World War II. Today, you can rent a cabin where spies once learned their trade.