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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

High Meadows Trail

Footbridge on High Meadows Trail

Footbridge

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High Meadows Trail (2.1 miles; 3.4 km)

High Meadows Trail is a moderate hike that starts on the ridgetop and descends to the South Fork Quantico Creek. The trail can be reached from Turkey Run Education Center. From here take either Old Black Top Road to reach the beginning of the orange blazed trail, or take Little Run Loop Trail which meets High Meadows about a quarter-mile down the trail. The trail head for Little Run Loop is located behind Turkey Run Education Center.

 
Taylor family graveside

Taylor Family Cemetery

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After about 20 minutes you will cross over Taylor Farm Road. To your left you will notice a clearing where the Taylor family farm was once located. Just off the trail you will see the Taylor family cemetery. This is a small 50' x 50' cemetery, enclosed by a wire fence with wood posts. An informal pathway leads to the middle of the site.

 
Remaining headstones of the Taylor family cemetery

Headstones: (Above) "Robert A. Taylor" (Below) "H.M.L"

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In the Taylor family cemetery there are two remaining head stones which are inscribed; they include the grave of "Robert A. Taylor" and "H.M.L."

As many as six graves were noted here at one time. Among them were Manda Taylor (August 1870 - December 4, 1900), Marie T.C. (October 1, 1841 - March 19, 1900), and an eroded, undecipherable concrete headstone. All of these are missing or have been removed by the family.

Please note that it is illegal to remove, harass, mark or vandalize the resources of Prince William Forest Park, a unit of the National Park Service. Please treat these family graveyards with respect and report any violations to park rangers at the visitor center or by calling 1-866-677-6677.

 
Taylor Family House Site

Taylor family house foundation.

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Located NW of the cemetery you will see a large, open site containing the remains of the different Taylor farm structures. A concrete foundation with a connected concrete pad was most likely the house with adjoining porch or other addition. Nearby is the well, made of dry-laid stone with a concrete collar, and another three-sided, concrete structure may have served as a spring house.

Part of another foundation can be found about forty feet downhill. The depressions suggest a structure of about 20' x 20', but all that remains is dirt with parts of a stone wall on one side.

 
High Meadows Trail near South Fork Quantico Creek

High Meadows Trail near South Fork Quantico Creek

National Park Service

Continue down the trail for about a mile and you will come upon Scenic Drive and Parking Lot "H." The trail picks up on the other side of the road and it is a little under one mile until you reach South Fork Quantico Creek. Here you will dead end into South Valley Trail.
 

Did You Know?

Great Horned Owl

An owl's eyes are fixed in place because their large size provides no room for muscle. To compensate for this, it can turn its head in almost any direction and angle, including the ability to rotate its head nearly 280 degrees. By comparison, people can only turn their heads a mere 90 degrees!