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!
There is a healthy population of Black Bears living in Prince William Forest Park. Black bears are found only in North America and are the smallest of the three bear species living on the continent. Black Bears are less aggressive than their cousin, the Grizzly Bear. They have been known to attack people, however, reported cases of black bears attacking humans is extremely rare.
They have non-retractable claws, making them expert tree climbers. Male black bears weigh between 125 and 500 pounds, depending on their health and the availability of food. Their front legs are shorter than their rear legs, giving them an awkward gait when walking. However, they have been known to run at speeds of 30 miles per hour.
Black bears are often nocturnal, however, they are occasionally spotted during the day. They are extremely shy animals and will usually avoid contact with humans. Their eyesight is poor, however, their sense of smell and hearing is quite good. They typically live 20 to 25 years in the wild.
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.