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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

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?

View along Farms to Forest Trail.

At over 15,000 acres, Prince William Forest Park protects the largest example of eastern Piedmont forest ecosystem (one of the most heavily altered ecosystems in North America) in the National Park System.