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!
Hiking: Take An E-Walk
37 miles of hiking trails meander through the 15,000 acre Prince William Forest Park. The Scenic Drive provides access to virtually all trails and features in the park. Can't make it to the park - use the interactive trail guide below to explore take an e-walk of the park's many trails.
You can also explore the park trails by thematic e-walks such as our geology e-walk.
Birch Bluff Trail - A moderately easy trail near the visitor center that includes good creekside views.
Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Trail - A moderately difficult trail that provides a look at the site of the Cabin Branch Mine.
Chopawamsic Trail - A moderately difficult trail through the rugged and heavily forested Chopawamsic Backcountry Area. This area includes overnight hike-in tent sites (permit required).
The Crossing Trail - An easy trail with many historical features.
Farms to Forest Trail- A self-guided tour near the Oak Ridge Campground of an area where old farmland has reverted back to mature forest.
Farms to Forest Extension Trail- Located off the Farms to Forest Trail, this trail offers excellent creekside views of beaver habitat (beaver sightings possible).
High Meadows Trail - A trail that begins on the ridgetop and descends to the South Fork of Quantico Creek, including a wide variety of habitats.
Little Run Loop - A short yet moderately difficult trail that includes excellent creekside habitats.
Laurel Loop Trail - Access this short, loop trail near the visitor center and travel to the banks of the South Fork Quantico Creek.
Mary Bird Branch Trail - A short, easy trail that includes excellent opportunities for beaver viewing. 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
North Valley Trail - Trail leads along Quantico Creek and includes small waterfalls with excellent opportunities for geologic study.
Oak Ridge Trail - An easy, level trail.
Piedmont Forest Trail- An easy, rubberized trail that includes a wildlife viewing platform with benches.
Quantico Cascades Trail- The shortest and easiest access to the cascading water descending along Quantico Creek.
South Valley Trail- The longest single trail found in the park, includes abundant beaver and other creekside wildlife habitat, with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Turkey Run Ridge Trail- A moderately difficult trail between the Turkey Run Environmental Center and the South Fork of Quantico Creek.
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.