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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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  • 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

  • Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure

    Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.

  • 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!

Birch Bluff Trail

South Fork Quantico Creek in Winter

South Fork Quantico Creek meets Birch Bluff Trail in winter.

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Birch Bluff Trail (1.8 miles; 2.9 km)

To reach Birch Bluff Trail, walk approximately one-third of a mile down the Laurel Loop Trail, which you can access behind the bathrooms in the Pine Grove Picnic Area. The Laurel Loop Trail has yellow blazes on the trees. Once on Birch Bluff, follow the red blazes through the woods until you reach a clearing. South Fork Quantico Creek will be in front of you.

 
(Above) Rock Outcropping
(Below) Beaver activity along South Fork Quantico Creek

(Above) Rock Outcropping
(Below) Beaver activity along South Fork Quantico Creek

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The trail follows the creek for about ten minutes with rock outcroppings lining parts of the trail. Also, remnants of beaver activity can be found along the creek-side.

 
South Fork Quantico Creek partially frozen over in January

South Fork Quantico Creek in winter

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Before you meet back up with the Laurel Loop Trail, the creek widens. Here you can see the creek partially frozen over in the cold of January.

 
A small, frozen cascade on the South Fork Quantico Creek.

A small, frozen cascade on South Fork Quantico Creek

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Follow the trail around the bend and you will come upon a small cascade surrounded by many downed trees. From here it is only a short walk to the yellow-blazed Laurel Loop Trail. This trail will lead you back to the Pine Grove Picnic Area where your journey began.
 

Did You Know?

View along Farms to Forest Trail.

At over 15,000 acres, Prince William Forest Park protects the largest example of eastern Piedmont forest ecosystem (one of the most heavily altered ecosystems in North America) in the National Park System.