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.
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
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?
At over 15,000 acres, Prince William Forest Park protects the largest example of eastern Piedmont forest ecosystem (one of the most heavily altered ecosystems in North America) in the National Park System.