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.
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!
Some other common plants that you might find in Prince William Forest Park include the following:
Unlike most plants, Indian Pipe is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Rather than generating its energy from sunlight it receives its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it does not need sunlight in order to grow Indian pipe can grow in some off the darkest areas of a forest.
Breaking or tearing the leaves produces a pungent odor similar to a skunk. Skunk cabbage was used extensively for its medicinal purposes by Native Americans. While this leaves are not toxic to the touch they should not be eaten until dried.
Did You Know?
Prince William Forest Park was used by the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the CIA) as a training camp for spies during World War II. Today, you can rent a cabin where spies once learned their trade.