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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!

Mosses and Liverworts

Running Cedar
Running Cedar is found throughout Prince William Forest Park.

Lycopodium Family
These form of club mosses species only grow in undisturbed areas as a result they are endangered in many areas. A common member of this family which you will see throughout Prince William Forest Park is Running cedar, Lycopodium digitatum. Running Cedar is a low growing evergreen plant, which stays green all year long. The Leaves are small and flat with pointed tips that feel like leather. Ground Pines or Lycopodium clavatum, was used in the past in fireworks, photographic flash powder, fingerprint powders, as a covering for pills and explosives. Lycopodium grows in large colonies which cover the forest floor.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The whitetail deer has a verticle leap of nine feet! This is a handy skill to have when eluding predators. How high can you jump?