• dogwood across creek

    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

Spiders

brown recluse spider

Also known as the "Fiddle Back" spider, the brown recluse can injure humans.

Who hasn't been surprised when moving something in the basement to find a huge brown spider looking up at you?! The size of wolf spiders can be off-putting , but they are harmless to humans. All spiders in the world are venomous. The toxicity of that venom to people is what is important. In this area, only the black widows and brown recluse can hurt humans. Neither will hurt you if unprovoked and can generally be avoided.

 
spider on web

Black and Yellow Argiope.

National Park Service.

Spiders are fascinating creatures with truly unique features.

Webs
Many spiders make webs for the purpose of snaring their dinner. The complexity of the web varies depending on the species. Those classic and lovely circular webs are made by the orb weavers a huge group of spiders that are very comfortable setting up house by porch lights, boat docks, and anywhere that flying insects are attracted.

Not all spiders make webs, instead some hunt with an ambush technique. Among these spiders are the large and hairy wolf spiders.

Did You Know?

American beaver

By the 1900s, Beavers were entirely extirpated from Virginia and were difficult to find across the entire lower 48 states due to over-consumption by humans. In 1950, Boy Scouts reintroduced 5 beavers into Prince William Forest Park. Today are more than 80 beavers in the 15,000 acre park.