Visitor Center partial closure
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center will close three days a week begining December 17th, 2013. The closure will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week between December 17th, 2013 to March 1st, 2014.
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!
Can't make it down to Prince William Forest Park? Take a walk through park history through our Virtual Museum Exhibit. Stop and look at the artifacts and photographs that tell stories of the people who lived on and shaped this remarkable landscape.
The Human Crop is a 8 minute film that was never completely finished by the Department of Interior. The film aimed to elevate Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area (RDA) as the model for all RDA projects across the country. The goal of the project - the turn unproductive farmland into recreation areas that would grow a 'human crop of healthy, hearty citizens of a thoughtful republic.'
These 5 training films showcase the training techniques used at Area A in what is now Prince William Forest Park. Here, the OSS used the cabin camps to train non-military personnel in basic military tactics, demolition techniques, and close quarters instinctive firing.
Introduction to Basic Training
House of Horrors
Both Area A (Prince William Forest Park) and Area B (Catoctin Mountain Park) had a House of Horrors or 'pistol house.' In the dead of night recruits would be awakened to complete real life instinctive firing exercises.
Here, recruits attempt to fire upon two foreign tanks.
Leave No Trace Video
Did You Know?
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.