Visit the Natural Side of Northern Virginia!

Prince William Forest Park is an oasis, a respite of quiet and calm. In 1936, Chopawamsic Recreation Area opened its gates to house children's 'relief' camps during the Great Depression. Renamed Prince William Forest Park in 1948, these fragrant woods and trickling streams have welcomed generations of campers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers. Discover Northern Virginia's best kept secret!

Plan Your Visit to Prince William Forest Park

Plan Your Visit

Check out this section for answers to all your questions if you are planning a visit to Prince William Forest Park.

An annual event dedicated to providing visitors a look into Prince William Forest Park's history.

Heritage Festival

At Heritage Festival, many exhibitors display objects related to the park and to the natural world.

A fourth grade student sign for her free pass at the visitor center

Every Kid In A Park

A national initiative grants every 4th grader a free national park pass. The pass is good for one school year from September to August.

A scarlet tanager on a tree limb looks out upon the forest in mid-spring.

Creatures In The Park

Find out more about the birds and natural resources of the park.

Original Sign for Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area.

Learn About the History

Explore the vast history of Prince William Forest Park. Learn about the people, places, and stories that are protected.

A black cabin under an overhanging flowering dogwood tree

Camping Reservations

Want to make a camping reservation? Both cabin, tent, and RV sites are available.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle, VA 22172


(703) 221-4706 x103

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