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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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  • 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

  • Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure

    Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.

  • 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!


National Park Service

If you spot a fast streak of blue rushing under a rock at your approach, chances are you just spotted a skink. A skink is a type of lizard that can tolerate a temperate climate and enjoys living in building foundations, under logs, and in rock walls. They are extremely fast and you must be quick to see them out in the open. The young skinks have bright blue tails that will detach to help them escape from predators. They have very smooth skin and are sleek in appearance.

fence lizard on log

Sean McCann

Eastern Fence Lizard
These lizards can be even harder to spot than skinks! They have amazing camouflage and lightning quick speed. Fence lizards are most often seen on trees or possibly scurrying under a bush. They have a more typical 'lizard' appearance, with rough scaly skin.

Did You Know?

Eastern Box Turtle

Capable of living as long as 100 years, the Eastern Box Turtle is Prince William Forest Park's longest living reptile, and if conditions are just right, can spend their entire life in an area no larger than a football field.