• dogwood across creek

    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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    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

Research and Reports

Petrified Wood
A Petrified Prospectus: Take an in-depth look at the petrified wood specimens of Prince William Forest Park.
a 'green' mine site

The Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine, post-reclamation.

National Park Service

Post-Reclamation Water Quality Monitoring at the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine (6 mb - pdf)
In 1995, the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency and VA Dept of Minerals and Mines completed a reclamation of the site of the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine. This report studied the water quality of the Quantico Creek after the reclamation.

a beaver near a stream

A beaver feasts along Quantico Creek.

National Park Service

1998: Wildlife Management, Baseline Data, Beaver Reintroduction Survey and Management Recommendations. By Dr. Carl H. Ernst and Timothy R. Brophy; Department of Biology at George Mason University. (3MB pdf)
a fawn in the woods

Deer Reports and Surveys
2006 National Capital Region Deer Survey
Perspectives of Residents in Communities Near Prince William Forest Park. Prepared by William F. Siemer, Kirsten M. Leong, Daniel J. Decker, and Karlene K. Smith, Human Dimensions Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Identifying Capacity for Local Community
Participation in Wildlife Management Planning

Case 3: White-tailed Deer Issues at Prince William Forest Park. Prepared by: Kirsten M. Leong and Daniel J. Decker, Human Dimensions Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University


freshwater sponges in quantico creek

Freshwater sponges have been found in Prince William Forest park! Check out the Freshwater Sponge Study. The National Capitol Region's Inventory and Monitoring team discovered the sponges in 2007 while conducting routine sampling in the park. They identified the species and put together some literature for the park and public. Attached is a resource brief and a full study on the species found at Prince William Forest Park. Thanks to the park, and the park employees, we continue to have the best water quality in Northern Virginia, which I believe is a factor in the presence of this species. We will be conducting more research on this species through the Center of Urban Ecology.


1994: Bat Survey of Prince William Forest Park. By Richard Reynolds, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and John Leffler, Ferrum College. (3.5 MB - pdf)

Endemic Pollution-Sensitive Subterranean Fauna of Vulnerable Habitats in the National Captial Region. By: Benjamin Hutchins Department of Biology, American University And David C. Culver Department of Biology, American University. (3.1 MB - pdf)


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.