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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

Special Use Permits

Do you want to conduct research in Prince William Forest Park? Or perhaps you need a research permit?

Or do you want to host an event in Prince William Forest Park?

A wedding?
A community run- or walk-a-thon?
A public gathering or demonstration?

If so then you need a Special Use Permit.

All special use permits in Prince William Forest Park are coordinated out of the National Park Service, National Capital Region Park Programs Office. Their office will work with park staff to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all. Visit the Park Programs Website for permit applications and information. You can also contact them by phone at (202) 619-7225 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., holidays excepted.

For information about locations and conditions in Prince William Forest Park - E-mail us!

Special Use Permits ensure that the requested activity is appropriate to the area, that it will not unreasonably interfere with the use of the park by the general public, and that it will not adversely affect park resources or park operations. Permits also ensure compliance with park regulations, establish a contact person and alert park maintenance and law enforcement rangers to upcoming special events. Please remember that permits do not guarantee space will be available at your selected location.

Did You Know?

American beaver

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.