• 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

Park Planning

Prince William Forest Park has 15,000 acres of forest, 37 miles of trails, 21 miles of paved and unpaved roads, and 153 historic structures to manage. To most efficiently and accurately manage these resources, park planning efforts are always ongoing.

Click on the link below to view ongoing and past park planning documents. These documents aid park management in planning and protecting Prince William Forest Park.

Long Range Interpretive Plan (7mb) - A plan for the future of interpretation at Prince William Forest Park.
2006 Visitor Survey Report - see the results of a survey of visitors and area residents to see their perceptions and opinions of park operations. (2mb - pdf)
2006 - Multi-use Trail EA - View the environmental assessment for a proposed multi-use walking/hiking/biking trail in the park.
2005 Business Plan - A look at past, present and future business practices within the park. (3 mb - pdf)
2003 South Valley Trail EA - A look at the possible alternatives for re-routing the South Valley Trails (1.5 mb).

2014 - Foundation Document Prince William Forest Park (5.2 mb - pdf)

2014 - Foundation Document Overview Prince William Forest Park (3.7 mb - pdf)

Did You Know?

Visitors recreating in one of the park's picnic areas

Prior to 1948, Prince William Forest Park was named Chopawamsic Recreation Demonstration Area. The name hinted at one of the park's intended uses as a source of recreational opportunities for the inner-city youth of Washington, D.C.