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!
Chopawamsic Backcountry Area
Chopawamsic Backcountry Area
The backcountry permit is free of charge, however an entrance fee of $5 is required to gain admittance into the park. The $5 entrance pass is valid for seven consecutive days. Entrance fees help fund park projects and upkeep of park resources.
Rules and Regulations
Tents must be located within twenty feet of the post marker.
Maximum stay is seven consecutive days or 14 days in one calendar year.
Fires of any kind are strictly prohibited.
Trenching, leveling or digging is not permitted in any campsite.
Bringing straw, hay, pine boughs or any vegetative materials to any campsite is prohibited. All cooking must be done on camp stoves.
Ropes, clotheslines, tent lines and nails are not to be attached to trees or other vegetation. Hammocks are allowed with straps that are at least 1 & 1/2" and are not affixed to a tree less than 6" in diameter.
Swimming and hunting are prohibited.
The following are prohibited in the backcountry: bow and arrows, weapons of any kind (except firearms), fireworks and pets.
Camping is limited to groups consisting of four people or less per site in the Chopawamsic Backcountry area. Chopawamsic is not designed for groups. Group camping is available at Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground.
Stream and lake water may be unsafe for human consumption. Drinking and cooking water must be carried in or water must be treated by a water filter, by boiling or through the use of iodine tablets.
Please leave your campsite cleaner than how you found it (pack it in, pack it out). All trash, refuse and unused food items must be packed out. Deposit waste water on the ground away from streams and vegetation. Do not bathe in the streams or any other body of water in the backcountry area. Doing so is very damaging to the aquatic plants and animals as well as contributing to lowered water quality.
Help the National Park Service manage the area for everyone's use. Protect the natural environment by respecting wildlife.
For your health and safety, do not try to approach or feed the wildlife. Observe it from a distance and store food in animal-proof containers.
Did You Know?
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.