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!
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):
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?
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!