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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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  • NO FIREWORKS

    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

Chopawamsic Trail

Campsite

Campsite

National Park Service

Chopawamsic Trail (2.2 miles; 3.5 km)

Chopawamsic is a moderately-difficult trail located in the Chopawamsic Backcountry. The backcountry also offers rustic campsites. In order to access this area, you must stop by the visitor center between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to obtain a key and permit.

 
White-blazed trail

White-blazed trail

National Park Service

Chopawamsic Trail is blazed with white markings. Along the way you will notice yellow blazed trails. These side trails are for individual campsites and are not marked on the park map.
 
(Above) Chopawamsic Creek (Below) Chopawamsic Creek and Breckenridge Reservoir

(Above) Chopawamsic Creek (Below) Chopawamsic Creek and Breckenridge Reservoir

National Park Service

About 25 minutes down the trail, you will come upon a view of Brenkenridge Reservoir and Chopawamsic Creek.

 
Chopawamsic Creek

Chopawamsic Creek

National Park Service

The trail then dips down toward the creek for a few minutes and ascends back up into the woods.
 
Footbridge

Footbridge

National Park Service

From the creek, it is about 1.5 miles back to the Chopawamsic parking area. Throughout the rest of your hike you will pass over a few tributaries (shown right).

 

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.