• 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

Our Staff & Offices

old park headquarters and fire tower
The 1956 park headquarters building (shown above) is today's park visitor center. The fire tower no longer stands.
National Park Service

The superintendent of Prince William Forest Park, Vidal Martinez, is the top park official, responsible for managing and supervising all park operations and activities. Though staff offices are scattered throughout the park, all park staff can be reached during normal business hours at 703-221-4706. Or you can email the Superintendent!

Divisions within the park include administration, interpretation, maintenance, resource management, and resource and visitor protection. A division chief heads each division.

  • The Administration Division acts as the "business office" for the park. Its principal functions include human resources, purchasing, property management, budget administration, contracting, housing matters, payroll, technology support (personal computers and telephone system), and mail. Email administration.
  • The Visitor Services Division is responsible for information/education programs and services provided to park visitors and neighbors. The division manages park publications, interpretive exhibits and educational programs, fee collection and visitor center operations. Interpretive rangers provide a variety of ranger-led programs to the public. Email visitor services.
  • The Maintenance Division maintains all roads, trails, buildings, utilities, grounds, vehicles, and other physical facilities in the park to assure their safe use. The division also manages construction and rehabilitation projects to support the park's operation. Email maintenance.
  • The Resource Management Division provides scientific guidance to park management on all matters related to natural and cultural resources. The division conducts or oversees studies on physical, biological, and cultural resources. The division also maintains an extensive museum collection. Email resources Management.
  • The Resource and Visitor Protection Division is responsible for law enforcement, special use permits, emergency medical services, search and rescue, fire management, and security of park facilities, buildings, and park-owned housing. Email law enforcement.

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.