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!
For more information, visit the 2012 Heritage Festival website.
On Saturday, October 13th,families can enjoy a day of 'historic' family fun at the 5th annual Prince William Forest Park Heritage Festival. Prince William Forest Park is located at I-95 at exit 150B, only 40 minutes south of D.C (traffic permitting).
From 11am-4pm, visitors can enjoy live demonstrations, live music, children's crafts and activities, food and much more. Woodworkers, blacksmiths, and masons will be on hand to demonstrate the crafts that the 2,000 men of the Civilian Conservation Corps used to build the 15,000-acre park in the 1930s. Learn Morse Code and see World War II era Jeeps and memorabilia to learn about how the park was used by the Office of Strategic Services, during World War II as a spy training camp. Museum exhibits will highlight the development of the park as a depression-era recreation area. Listen to the traditional blues and ragtime of Hokum Jazz, a lively vintage jazz group or kick back to the acoustic sounds of local musician Mike Douherty.
Younger visitors will love the Kids Kabin where they can participate in old timey games and camp activities and make crafts to take home. Visitors can also shop at the Country Store and browse the antique cars, radios, and equipment to learn more about this important time in our nation's history. Local organizations will also be on hand to share information about their contributions to our community.
There is a $5.00 entrance fee to the park, which is valid for seven days, but no additional fee is charged for the Heritage Festival. Active Duty Military and their families can enjoy the event for FREE by picking up their National Parks Pass at the event (valid AD id required).
Come to enjoy the 2012 Heritage Festival and then stay and enjoy a day hike or camp in one of the park's 4 campgrounds.. Please visit www.nps.gov/prwi or call (703) 221-7181 for more information.