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.
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!
Oak Ridge Campground
Oak Ridge Campground is a 100-site, wooded campground capable of accommodating tents, RVs, and trailers (no hookups). Reservations are required in B and C loops from April 20-October 31. Reservations can be made on Recreation.gov. The fee per campsite is $20.00 ($10 for Interagency Senior/Access pass holders). Rangers present family-friendly campfire programs during the summer months in the campground amphitheatre.
High Season Dates: April 20 - Oct 31
*Please note: B-loop restroom currently is the only available station. A-loop restroom will open in Mid-April. The C-Loop restroom will remain closed through all of 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience.
RV Length Limits
Prince William Forest Park is a federal recreation area. A $5 per vehicle entrance pass is required to gain admittance into the park. This pass is valid for seven consecutive days. A park annual pass is also available at a cost of $20. This pass may be purchased at the entrance station or the visitor center. If either of those locations are closed, feel free to include your entrance fee in your campground envelope. We also have an "After Hours" fee drop slot at the visitor center to pay your entrance fee. Entrance fees help fund park projects and upkeep of park resources.
Rules & Regulations (For the benefit of all)
Any trap or net, fireworks or non-firearm weapon. Weapons are defined under 36 C.F.R 1.4 to include: bow and arrow, crossbow, blowgun, spear gun, hand-thrown spear, slingshot, irritant gas device, explosive device, or any other implement designed to discharge missiles (excluding firearms as noted below), and includes a weapon the possession of which is prohibited under the laws of the State in which the park area or portion thereof is located.
Firearms may be possessed by those who may legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park. Those places are posted with signs at all public entrances. 36 CFR § 2.4(a)(1)(iii) still prohibits the use of any firearm in the National Parks.Where allowed, campsites must be kept clean and orderly from the time of arrival to departure. Fires must be contained in park provided or personal grills. No fires can be left unattended. Extinguish all fires before retiring for the night or leaving the area. Leave extinguished ashes in the grills.
If not camping, wood within the park will not be cut, collected or removed for any reason, unless under an approved Special Use Permit. If camping, dead and downed wood less than six inches in diameter may be collected within the campground for use and consumption during a stay with a valid camping permit. Use of power tools such as chainsaws is prohibited.
Ropes, clotheslines, tentlines and nails are not to be attached to trees or other vegetation. Hammocks are allowed provided straps are at least 1 & 1/2" and are not affixed to a tree less than 6" in diameter. Quiet hours are between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and are strictly observed. Service sinks are located at the comfort stations. All dishes and utensils must be washed in the service sinks or in containers. Pour wastewater directly into service sinks and not onto the ground. Do not use campsite spigots for cleaning, bathing or brushing teeth. Campers must clean site of all trash, food items and property before leaving the park.
Tents and screens must be kept inside the camp site in order to protect surrounding vegetation and reduce soil compaction. Digging, trenching or leveling sites for any purpose is prohibited. Bringing straw, hay, pine boughs or any vegetative materials into the campground is prohibited.
Emergencies and Security
An emergency phone is located at the campground registration board. Keep valuables and property secure at all times. Report lost and found items to a park ranger or at the visitor center.
The closest hospital is Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (GPS address is 2300 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge VA 22191) and phone # 703-523-1000. To get there, exit the park through the main entrance (GPS's may attempt to take you through the gated fire roads in the park). Turn left on 619. Turn left on U.S. Route 1 Northbound at the stoplight. Proceed for eight miles. Turn left onto Opitz Blvd. Drive for ¾ mile and the Hospital is on the right.
Note: This is only a guide and is not all inclusive. Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations is applicable to the park. For further information, please contact the park visitor center at 703-221-7181.
Did You Know?
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.