• dogwood across creek

    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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

Group Cabin Camping

For in-depth information on the facilities in each of the 5 historic camps, click on the links below or call the cabin camp office 703-221-4706 x401. You can also email us your questions!

For the 2014 Camping Season - Apply here!
 
lodge in camp 1
The craft lodges in Cabin Camp one are a great place to gather with family and friends.
NPS.
 
ping pong at camp one, 1936

What makes the cabin camps historic?
Four of the five cabin camps in Prince William Forest Park are listed on the National Register of Hisoric Places. Each camp is composed of group of wood, stone, and brick structures constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration workers of the Great Depression. The camps were built as summer camps that the government hoped would instill the poor children of Washington, DC with the 'character and health-building' benefits of the great outdoors. In World War II, the camps were used by the Office of Strategic Services as a spy training area.

 
craft lodge

Cabin Camp One
Camp One was the first camp completed by the CCC. It sleeps 151 visitors. Its dining hall and craft lodges are some of the best examples of rustic architecture in the park. Stone foundations and fireplaces and whole log supports showcase the beautiful native materials used by the CCC in construction. The sleeping cabins in this camp are newer construction (circa 1980s) and some are even handicapped-accessible. Learn more about Cabin Camp One.

 
bench on porch

Cabin Camp Two
Camp Two first hosted campers in 1937. For many years, Camp Mawavi, run by the Campfire Girls of America, operated out of this camp. This camp mainly contains 4 person cabins, with a few two and 6 person cabins mixed in here and there. The large ballfield and lake access in Camp 2 is one of the best in the park. This camp sleeps 148 visitors. Learn more about Cabin Camp Two.

 
inside a craft lodge

Cabin Camp Three
With a 76-person capacity, this camp has the smallest capacity of all park cabin camps. Though the camp may hold less people, its 10-person cabins make it one of the best in the park for group outings. Also, the beautiful brick fireplaces in the dining hall and craft lodges give this camp a unique character. Learn more about Cabin Camp Three.

 
theatre

Cabin Camp Four
This camp was recently renovated through the American Reinvestment and Recover Act. The 199 visitors who can sleep in this camp can enjoy the new roofs and windows that will help ensure that these historic structures last for future generations. Camp Four has mostly 10-person sleeping cabins. While this camp is the only one without a fireplace in its dining hall, the theatre building/gymnasium in the camp is the only one in the park. Learn more about Cabin Camp Four.

 
picniccc5150

Cabin Camp Five
This is the only camp not listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but that does not mean that the camp is any less 'historic.' Built at the same time as the other cabin camps, this camp is not on the National Register because additional buildings were added. These large dorm buildings and bathrooms make this the largest capacity camp in the park (212 in summer, 104 in winter). This is also the only camp with heat which allows this camp to be rented year round. This is also the only camp to have an outdoor picnic pavilion located inside the camp. Learn more about Cabin Camp Five.

 

Camp Facilities and Amenities
Each cabin camp includes sleeping cabins, bathrooms, a mess hall, craft lodge, and access to a ballfield (see Ballfields below.) All cabins are equipped with overhead lighting; they are NOT equipped with air conditioning. Large barrel drum grills are available by reservation and for an additional fee.

Sleeping Cabins:
Sleeping cabins are equipped with single cots, closets, and mattresses. Photo.

Bathrooms:
Most bathroom facilities include hot showers and flush toilets. Photo.

Mess Halls:
Mess halls feature commercial size ovens, stove tops and griddles, walk-in refrigerators, large freezers, and spacious areas for dining. Photo.

Craft Lodges:
Craft lodges have fireplaces and craft tables, making these buildings a perfect place for meetings, gatherings or craft activities. Photo.

Campfire Circles:
All camps have a campfire circle surrounded by benches. Photo.

Ballfields:
These large open spaces were once the location of the CCC tent cities and barracks as they built the cabin camps. Today, they are large grassy areas with baseball backstops. Photo.

 
ccc badge
Click here to access a Virtual Tour of the cabin camps.

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.