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.
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
Picnic in the Park
National Park Service
Prince William Forest Park offers a wide range of picnic options.
Larger groups might prefer to reserve Telegraph Picnic Pavilion or one of the park's historic cabin camps for their picnic outing. You can make a reservation for Telegraph Picnic Pavilion on Recreation.gov.
Pine Grove Picnic Area is available on a first-come, first serve basis. Located adjacent to the visitor center and less than 1 mile from the park entrance, this picnic area is the perfect place for a quick picnic lunch on your way into DC. This picnic area has a pavilion, picnic tables, bathrooms and grills.
If picnic tables is all you need, you can also picnic at Parking Lot "E" on the park Scenic Drive. This small picnic area consists of a few picnic tables. It is well situated to work as a mid-point for many hikes in the park.
To find out about more about these picnic options, please call the visitor center at 703-221-7181 or e-mail us. Prince William Forest Park is a trash-free park, so please plan to pack-out all of the trash and recycling that you bring into the park.
Did You Know?
Prior to 1948, Prince William Forest Park was named Chopawamsic Recreation Demonstration Area. The name hinted at one of the park's intended uses as a source of recreational opportunities for the inner-city youth of Washington, D.C.