Frequently Asked Questions
Most of the questions visitors ask in Prince William Forest park fall into one of six categories: camping/lodging and park facilities, things to do in the park, details about the park, directions to the park, park resources and wildlife and safety. Here are some of the questions most often asked of park employees:
CAMPING AND LODGING
1. Where can I park my trailer (or RV)?
2. Where can I camp?
For primitive camping, Chopawamsic Backcountry Area use permits are issued on the day of camping at the park visitor center (in person).
4. Are there showers in the park?
5. Where can I stay in the park if I'm not camping?
6. Can I use my cell phone in the park?
7. Where can I eat?
Food is not currently available at the park. There are, however, many restaurants, fast-food and convenience stores located approximately two miles
THINGS TO DO IN THE PARK
1. Can we ride horses in the park?
2. Can we bring canoes or kayaks to the park?
3. Is there any place to swim in the park?
Swimming at the Prince William Forest RV Campground pool is restricted to registered guests only.
4. Can we fish in the park?
5. Where can I see wildlife?
DETAILS ABOUT THE PARK
1. Where do I pay my park fee? Do I have to pay a fee? How much is the fee?
2. How long is the scenic drive?
Starting/stopping at the entrance station is twelve miles.
3. How many visitors come to the park each year?
4. How big is Prince William Forest Park?
5. Is this a National Park? When did it become a unit of the National Park System?
6. When is the park's busy season?
7. How is the park maintained?
Park maintenance staff are outside, on the job, in all kinds of weather. Picnic areas and roadsides are mowed as needed. Since the park is mostly forested, mowing is kept to a minimum. The park is managed as a trash-free area. Visitors are encouraged to pack-out everything they brought into the park. The dumpsters in camping areas are emptied regularly. In snowy and icy winter conditions, parks roads are sometimes closed for safety by management. As soon as conditions permit safe travel, maintenance managers may open roads. Please note, when roads close to vehicle traffic, the roads are also closed to bicycles. If visitors experience a maintenance issue, please telephone the visitor center at 703-221-7181 or use the "contact us" feature on this website.
HOW DO I GET TO THE PARK?
From points south: Take I-95 to exit 150 to Joplin Road (Va. 619 west). The park entrance is the second right.
Approximate driving times: From Washington, D.C., 45 minutes; from Fredericksburg, Va., 20 minutes.
1. Where is the best place to hike?
2. Are there many snakes in the park?
3. Do I have to worry about black bears?
4. How clean are the streams that run through the park?