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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

Turkey Run Ridge Trail

Turkey Run Ridge Trail

Turkey Run Ridge Trail

National Park Service

Turkey Run Ridge Trail (1.4 miles (2.3 km)

Turkey Run Ridge is a moderately-difficult trail between the Turkey Run Environmental Center and the South Fork of Quantico Creek. The trail starts at the Turkey Run Environmental Center next to the Turkey Run Ridge Campground sign. The trail is blazed with dark blue and can be used to connect with South Valley Trail.

Winter landscape of Turkey Run Ridge Trail

Winter landscape of Turkey Run Ridge trail

National Park Service

The trail is about a 30 minute, moderate walk up and down small hills. about half way through the walk you will cross over the scenic drive and continue toward South Fork Quantico Creek.

Footbridge at the end of Turkey Run Ridge Trail.

Footbridge and South Fork Quantico Creek

National Park Service

At the end of Turkey Run Ridge Trail you will come upon a small footbridge with the South Fork Quantico Creek in front of you. Cross over the bridge to follow South Valley Trail east toward North Orenda Road and Laurel Loop Trail.

South Fork Quantico Creek and view of Scenic Drive bridge

South Fork Quantico Creek and Scenic Drive bridge

National Park Service

Take South Valley Trail to the west and you will have wonderful view of a Scenic Drive bridge that crosses over South Fork Quantico Creek. From here you can continue of South Valley Trail or stop at parking lot A.

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!