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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 Trail

Farms To Forest Trail in the snowy winter.

Farms To Forest Trail in the snowy winter

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Farms to Forest Trail (1.0 miles,1.6 km)

The Farms to Forest Trail is a short, easy trail that starts near Oak Ridge Campground. The trail is marked by yellow and green blazes and runs through an area where old farmland has reverted back to mature forest. After only a minute or two on the trail, the trail will split. Bear right and continue along the trail to the junction with the 1.7 mile (2.7 km) extension trail that loops up to Quantico Creek and back.

 
Farms to Forest Trail in the winter.

Sparse forest of Farms to Forest Trail in the winter

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Much of the forest along the trail is fairly open making it easy to visualize the farms that were once established in this area.

 
The green of ground cedar contrasting the snow cover ground.

Ground cedar

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While hiking along the Farms to Forest Trail, enjoy the green of the ground cedar that litters the forest floor. Ground cedar (Lycopodium complanatum) is small, perennial plant with horizontal stems that creep along the forest floor. They grow up to a meter long with flattened, cedar-like stems.

After about 15 minutes of walking down the Farms to Forest Trail you will reach the first junction with the Extension Trail. Bear right to join the Farms to Forest Extension Trail or continue straight for a quick trip back to where you began.

 
(Above) Tree-lined creek on Farms to Forest Trail. (Below) Footbridge over creek mentioned above

(Above) Tree-lined creek
(Below) Footbridge over creek

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After passing the second intersection with the Extension Trail it will take about 15 minutes to get back to Oak Ridge Campground. Along the way, you will come upon a small creek that meanders through the woods. The Quantico Creek watershed is considered a benchmark watershed for water quality in the area.

 

Did You Know?

Office of Strategic Service (OSS) recruits learning Morse code during the Second World War

Prince William Forest Park was used by the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the CIA) as a training camp for spies during World War II. Today, you can rent a cabin where spies once learned their trade.