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    Prince William Forest

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  • 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

  • Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure

    Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.

  • 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!

Laurel Loop Trail

 Laurel Loop Trail Head

Laurel Loop Trailhead

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Laurel Loop Trail (1.4 miles; 2.3 km)

This short loop trail is perfect for a quick trip to South Fork Quantico Creek. Laurel Loop can also be used as an access trail to Birch Bluff Trail, The Crossing Trail, South Valley Trail, and North Orenda Road.

Access the trail from the Pine Grove Picnic Area by parking near the picnic area's bathrooms. Walk behind the bathrooms and face the forest to see the trailhead.

 
Two images of  rock outcroppings that line a small section of Laurel Loop Trail.

Rock outcroppings that line a small section of Laurel Loop Trail

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After only a short while on this trail you will see red blazes that mark the beginning of the Birch Bluff Trail. You can bear right here to join Birch Bluff Trail, which is a 1.8 mile extension that connects back up with Laurel Loop Trail. If you decide to continue on Laurel Loop, you will come upon a small rock outcropping.

 
Laurel Loop footbridge

Small footbridge adjacent to South Fork Quantico Creek

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After a short descent, the trail will meet up with South Fork Quantico Creek. The trail runs along the creek for about five minutes crossing over a small footbridge.

 
Two images of the Laurel Loop to South Valley connector bridge

Laurel Loop to South Valley Trail connector bridge. (Left) Front view of bridge (Right) South Fork Quantico Creek with side view of bridge

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A little farther down the trail, Laurel Loop Trail begins to bear left away from the creek and back towards the visitor center.

Here a small bridge can be found that crosses the South Fork Quantico Creek and meets up with the South Valley Trail and North Orenda Road.

 

Did You Know?

American beaver

By the 1900s, Beavers were entirely extirpated from Virginia and were difficult to find across the entire lower 48 states due to over-consumption by humans. In 1950, Boy Scouts reintroduced 5 beavers into Prince William Forest Park. Today are more than 80 beavers in the 15,000 acre park.