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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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    Reminder to park visitors. Fireworks are prohibited at Prince William Forest Park.

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    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.

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    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!

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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?

Eastern Box Turtle

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.