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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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  • NO FIREWORKS

    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

Quantico Falls Trail

Quantico Falls Trail Display Sign at parking lot E

Quantico Falls Trail- Informational Sign

National Park Service

Quantico Falls Trail (0.7 miles; 1.1 km)

The Quantico Falls Trail is a short, easy hike down to Quantico Creek marked with yellow blazes. The trail head is located at parking lot E and there are side-trail options with Lake One Road and North Valley Trail.

 
Downed logs in Winter

Downed logs in the Winter

National Park Service

Throughout your hike, you will travel through the open forest. There are many opportunities to see downed logs and snags which provide habitat to many of the park's wild inhabitants.

 
Two views of Quantico Creekin the winter.

Two views of Quantico Creek from Quantico Falls Trail

National Park Service

After a short descent and about 15 minutes down the trail, you will come upon Quantico Creek. Here you can see the creek meandering over and through large rocks that cover the stream bed and banks.

 
Geology Trail marker one, describing the volcanic history of the park.

Geology Trail informational sign #1

National Park Service

The trail will follow the creek for about 5 minutes. The first Geology Trail Marker can be found on the banks of the Quantico Falls Trail. Here you can learn about the volcanic history of the park.

 
(Above) Quantico Creek, (Below) Footbridge leading onto North Valley Trail

(Above) Quantico Creek, (Below) Footbridge leading to North Valley Trail

National Park Service

The trail ends at a small foot bridge on the North Valley Trail. From here you can back-track on Quantico Creek Trail to parking lot E, or you can extend your hike onto North Valley Trail.

 

Did You Know?

Great Horned Owl

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!