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!
Heritage Festival 2012
On Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm, the Prince William Forest Park Heritage Festival will celebrate the park's history as colonial-era farmland, a Civilian Conservation Corps work camp, and a World War II era spy training camp. The festival will take place in historic Cabin Camp 3, which is one of 5 historic cabin camps in the park. These historic camps led to the park being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. There will be a food vendor on site with light refreshments for sale.
Civilian Conservation Corps Crafts:
Blacksmithing by Black Forest Artworks
Children's Crafts & Games:
Facepainting provided by Lets Make A Face
Mess Hall Main Stage:
Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass has been entertaining music fans for over 12 years on three continents. Enjoy an exciting blend of hard-driving bluegrass along with country, folk and original material.
An last but not least, Mike Dougherty will return for a second year to provide his wonderful musical stylings throughout the event. Mike's steel string acoustic guitar stylings and syncopated rhythm are a highlight of the event.
World War Two Memories:
Explore the park history exhibits to learn everything about from the earliest inhabitants of Prince William Forest Park lands to its recent nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
Listen to the sounds of history with an antique radio display from the National Capital Radio and TV Museum.
Learn about the fascinating history of medicine in the 19th century with a display from the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop from downtown Fredericksburg.
Also enjoy wandering through informational tables from many groups and organizations in our local area including the Virginia Bigfoot Research Organization who will share their tools and techniques for researching the mysterious bigfoot in Virginia.
The Company Store:
Directions: Prince William Forest Park is located at I-95 Exit 150b (Joplin Rd - 619w). Once off of the highway and traveling westbound on Joplin Road the park is your second right. Parking will be on Williams Ballfield and you will take a quick shuttle bus to the event site. Handicapped visitors may drive directily to the event site to be dropped off.
Can I walk? Once you have parked your car, you can hike a short, 1.4 mile gravel road to the event site. There will be park rangers and maps on hand to provide directions.
Can I bring my dog? Leashed pets are certainly welcome and must remain under control at all times.
Can I bring my own picnic lunch? There will be picnic tables at the event site so you are more than welcome to bring your own lunch or to buy lunch and snacks from the vendor.
Did You Know?
Prince William Forest Park preserves the largest inventory of Civilian Conservation Corps structures (153) in the National Park System. Four of the five cabin camps are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as historic districts.