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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

Preservation

An important part of preserving the historic integrity of Prince William Forest Park is preserving information about the park's varied past. Use the links below to access the many research papers, reports, and documents that help us manage the preservation of Prince William Forest Park.

New for 2012:
Review the park's proposed plan to upgrade the roofs on the historic park cabins: Balancing Historic Preservation and Environmental Stewardship

Also new in 2012, the entireity of Prince William Forest Park, not just the individual camps was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places! View the nomination here.

 

National Historic Register Nominations and Other Documentation
Did you know that Prince William Forest Park has 6 nominations to the National Register of Historic Places? Click on the links below to view the nominations and other research documents for the individual camps and one for the architecture of all of the camps.

 
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Cabin Camp 1 Craft Lodge

Cabin Camp 1
The first cabin camp built in the park. Extra extra... read all about it!
Nomination Form
Photos
Cultural Landscape Inventory

 
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Cabin Camp 2
Known to some as Camp Mawavi, Cabin Camp 2 holds a special place in the heart of many.

Nomination Form
Photos

 
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Cabin Camp 3
Cabin Camp 3 was originally designed with small children, or 'tots,' in mind.

Nomination Form
Photos

 
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Cabin Camp 4
Cabin Camp 4 was the longstanding home of Camp Pleasant operated by Family and Child Services of Washington, DC.

Nomination Form
Photos

 
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Emergency Conservation Works Architecture
It may have been a work project, meant to give men jobs during the great depression, but the camps at Prince William Forest Park are beautiful. Thoughtfully planned and meant to convey a pioneer spirit, learn more about the architecture of Prince William Forest Park's historic cabin camps.
Nomination Form

 
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What About Camp 5?
Cabin Camp 5 was the last of the 5 cabin camps constructed in Prince William Forest Park. The camp was not nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, however, since modifications to the buildings over the years were significant enough to compromise their historic integrity.

 

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.