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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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    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


Prince William Forest Park is a popular dog walking spot for many of our visitors. With its vast array of hiking trails and wide gravel fire roads, the park is a doggie favorite.

All pets entering the park must be on a leash of six feet or less at all times while in Prince William Forest Park. Leashing your pet keeps people, wildlife and your pet safe.

Pets are prohibited in the following areas (except for those aiding persons with disabilities):

  1. Chopawamsic Backcountry Area
  2. Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground
  3. Any public building
  4. Cabin Camps

Pet owners shall be responsible for removing pet excrement from campsites, picnic areas, parking lots, trails and other public use areas.

Do not leave your pet unattended in a vehicle or campsite. Interior temperatures of vehicles rise within minutes and pets can quickly overheat and die, even with the windows cracked.

Owners are responsible for their pet's behavior and may receive fines if their animal creates problems with wildlife and/or other visitors or is not on a leash.

Please note: Violators of park rules and regulations will be issued a federal citation in accordance with Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. For example: Failing to keep pets on a lead no longer than six feet in length is subject to a maximum fine not to exceed six months in jail or $5,000.

For more information on low impact use of the outdoors please click here for a downloadable brochure.

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.