Nature and History Abound in Prince William Forest Park

Just a couple miles from Marine Corps Base Quantico and about 35 miles south of Washington, DC, Prince William Forest Park is a haven for hikers, cyclists and campers. There are 37 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails and 21 miles of bicycle-accessible roads and trails that zig and zag throughout the 15,000-acre piedmont forest.

The park is rich in both nature and history. The Algonquian inhabited the park for thousands of years prior to European immigration. General George Washington led troops through the forest during the Revolutionary War using a historic road still found within the Park. During the Great Depression, children from nearby DC flocked to the park to enjoy the great outdoors. Visitors can now rent the cabins that housed these children and members of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

You don’t have to travel far outside the Park to enjoy other amenities in the area. Just one mile from the Park is the National Museum of the Marine Corps and family-friendly Locust Shade Park, which has golf and swimming available. Just seven miles away on the Potomac River is Leesylvania State Park where you can put in your canoe or kayak and explore the river.

Visit the Prince William Forest Park National Park Service page for more information about activities and places to stay in the area.


Region: Northern Virginia
Activity: Bicycling, Camping, Hiking, History

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
c/o Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
142 W. Potomac St.

Williamsport, MD 21795


This phone will reach the main line for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

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