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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

Farms to Forest Extension Trail

Farms to Forest Extension in Winter

Farms to Forest Extension in Winter

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Farms to Forest Extension Trail (2.7 miles; 4.3 km)

The Farms to Forest Extension Trail is a moderate hike through a regenerated forest that was once mostly farm land. This trail takes you to Quantico Creek where you can see beaver habitat and possibly beavers. To access the trail, start at Oak Ridge Campground. From here follow signs for the Farms to Forest Trail, which is blazed with yellow and green. Take the right fork of this trail and walk for 15 minutes. You will then intersect the beginning of the extension trail, which is blazed with only yellow.

 
Trail sign in from of Quantico Creek

Trail sign in from of Quantico Creek

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Follow along the extension trail for about 25 minutes until you reach Quantico Creek. As you follow the trail along the creek, you can see beaver activity.

 
Quantico Creek in the Winter

Quantico Creek in the Winter

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You will follow the creek for another 25 minutes before you ascend back towards the Farms to Forest Trail.
 
Shelf Fungus growing on downed log.

Bracket Fungus

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Downed logs due to beaver activity provide great habitat for other organisms. Here you can see bracket fungi growing on a downed log. Bracket fungi are found growing on trees or fallen logs in damp woodlands and are formed from basidiomycetes. Brackets of fungi can form only a single row of a few caps, up to dozens of rows of caps. The caps can weigh up to several hundred pounds.

 
Small tributary of Quantico Creek

Small tributary of Quantico Creek

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A small tributary of Quantico Creek can be found along the trail. Notice the exposed tree roots of trees that line the water's edge, which create even more habitat for different organisms.

After leaving the creek's edge it is only a short five minute walk back to the Farms to Forest Trail and another ten minutes back to Oak Ridge Campground.

 

Did You Know?

American beaver

By the 1900s, Beavers were entirely extirpated from Virginia and were difficult to find across the entire lower 48 states due to over-consumption by humans. In 1950, Boy Scouts reintroduced 5 beavers into Prince William Forest Park. Today are more than 80 beavers in the 15,000 acre park.