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
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!
Your Entrance Fees at Work
Since 1988, Prince William Forest Park has charged an entrance fee, which later evolved into the Congressionally-authorized Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, which allows federal land-management agencies to increase and retain entrance and user fees. The purpose of the program is to demonstrate the feasibility of using increased fees for the operation and maintenance of parks.
In the past, fees were deposited into the U.S. Treasury without any direct return to the parks. In contrast, the fee demonstration program allows participating parks to keep up to 80 percent of the new fee revenues and makes the remaining 20 percent available to other sites in the National Park System that are most in need.
At Prince William Forest Park, entrance fee revenue is used to fund a variety of needed projects that help maintain visitor facilities. The following are some examples of visitor entrance fee money being used to increase or maintain visitor facitilies:
Infirmary at Cabin Camp 2
Lead paint abatement or removal was required at the infirmary at Cabin Camp 2 prior to this facility being open to the public.
Cabin Camp 5 Dining Hall
New floor coverings were installed at Cabin Camp 5 dining hall with fee money.
Visitor Center Interior
Recycled material was used to provide new carpeting in the visitor center.
Other projects include an improved handicap accessible trail to the Oak Ridge Campground amphitheater and a new pavilion for reservation use of groups at Telegraph Road Picnic Area.
Prince William Forest Park thanks you for helping to make the park a safe and enjoyable place to visit.
Did You Know?
Because of its abundance and high sulfur content, Pyrite, also known as "Fool's Gold," was once mined in what is now Prince William Forest Park (1889-1920) to be used in products ranging from light bulbs to soap.