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Superintendent’s Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority

2021

Under the National Park Service’s jurisdiction, Prince William Forest Park establishes the regulations to properly manage, protect and govern the park’s public use. Title 54, United States Code, Subtitle I, Division A, Chapter 1001 authorizes these regulations in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

The written determinations that Section 1.5(c) requires for the Superintendent’s discretionary authority appear in this document in italicized print.

Original Signature on file, dated 9/30/2021
Approved By: George C. Liffert, Superintendent

Original Signature on file, dated 09/30/2021
Recommended By: Brendan Bonner, Chief Ranger

Table of Contents

Introduction

A. What is the Compendium?
B. What laws and policies allow the Superintendent to develop this Compendium?
C. Does this compendium comply with applicable Federal law and requirements?
D. How are the requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium developed?
E. Where does the Compendium Apply?
F. Who enforces this Compendium?
G. Is there a penalty for not adhering to the requirements found in this Compendium?

Regulations

Part 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS

CLOSURES AND PUBLIC USE LIMITS
SCIENTIFIC PERMITS

Part 2 - GENERAL REGULATIONS

PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
FIREWOOD
PLANT COLLECTION
FISHING
WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS
CAMPING AND FOOD STORAGE
OAK RIDGE CAMPGROUND
TURKEY RUN GROUP CAMPGROUND
CHOPAWAMSIC BACKCOUNTRY AREA
CABIN CAMPS
PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST RV CAMPGROUND
PICNICKING
FIRES
SANITATION AND REFUSE
PETS
HORSES AND PACK ANIMALS
WINTER ACTIVITIES
SKATING, SKATEBOARDS, AND SIMILAR DEVICES PROPERTY
SMOKING
PROPERTY
RECREATION FEES
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
MEMORIALIZATION

PART 4 - VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC SAFETY

TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS AND ROUTES
VEHICLE LOAD WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS
SPEED LIMITS
BICYCLES

PART 7 - SPECIAL REGULATIONS

PUBLIC GATHERING AND ASSEMBLY

SECURITY CAMERA / CCTV POLICY STATEMENT

 

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Introduction

A. What is the Superintendent’s Compendium?

The Prince William Forest Park Superintendent’s Compendium summarizes park specific rules implemented under the Park Superintendent’s discretionary authority. It is public notice that gives the public a chance to comment, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on those public use and resource protection regulations regarding the specific administration of the park. It does not contain those regulations found in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) and other United States Codes (U.S.C.) and C.F.R. Titles, which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.

36 C.F.R. Parts 1-7 regulations are the National Park Service’s (NPS) basic mechanism to preserve and protect the park’s natural and cultural resources and to protect visitors and property in the park. Parts 1 through 6 are general regulations applicable to all National Park System areas and Part 7 contains special regulations specific to individual parks. Each Part has many sections and subsections articulating specific provisions. Certain Part 1-7 sections and subsections grant the Superintendent discretionary authority to develop local rules responding to a specific park’s resource or activity, park plan, program, the general public’s special needs or a combination of these.

This compendium should be used with 36 C.F.R. Sections 1-7 to understand more fully the regulations governing all National Park System areas’ use and enjoyment.

B. What laws and policies allow the Superintendent to develop this Compendium?

54 U.S.C. Subtitle I, Division A, Ch. 1001, § 100101(a) (National Park Service Organic Act of 1916, as amended) grants the NPS broad statutory authority to “... regulate the use of the National Park System by means and measures that conform to the fundamental purpose of the System units, which purpose is to conserve the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife in the System units and to provide for the enjoyment of the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

In 1970, Congress amended the NPS Organic Act to clarify its intentions regarding the NPS’ overall mission. Through the General Authorities Act of 1970 (54 U.S.C. Subtitle I, Division A, Ch. 1001, § 100101 (b)(1), Congress brought all areas the NPS administered into one National Park System and directed the NPS to manage all areas under its administration consistent with the Organic Act of 1916. In 1978, Congress amended the General Authorities Act of 1970 and reasserted System wide the high standard of protection defined in the original Organic Act by stating “Congress reaffirms, declares, and directs that the promotion and regulation of the various System units shall be consistent with and founded in the purpose established by subsection (a), to the common benefit of all people of the United States.” 54 U.S.C. Subtitle I, Division A, Ch. 1005, § 100501 defines the National Park System as “... any areas of land and water administered by the Secretary, acting through the Director, for park, monument, historic, parkway, recreational, or other purposes.”

36 C.F.R. § 1.7(b) requires the Superintendent to compile in writing all the designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. This compilation, called the Superintendent’s Compendium, will be updated annually and made available to the public upon request. Besides the above statutory authority, the Superintendent is also guided by established NPS policy found in the NPS Management Policies (2001). As this Compendium outlines, the NPS’ primary role is to protect and preserve our national natural and cultural resources while providing for the visitors’ enjoyment of these resources and other users, as long as use does not impair specific park resources or overall visitor experience. The appropriateness of any particular visitor use or recreational experience is resource-based and will vary from park to park; therefore, a use or activity that is appropriate in one park area may be inappropriate in another.

Each Park Superintendent is directed to analyze overall park use and determine if any particular use is appropriate. Where conflict arises between use and resource protection, where the Superintendent has grounds to believe a resource is or would become impaired, then that Superintendent is obliged to place limitations on public use.

C. Does this Compendium comply with applicable Federal law and requirements?

The Superintendent’s Compendium is not considered a significant rule requiring an Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866. This Compendium complies with Title 54 United States Code and Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

D. How are the requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium developed?

As outlined above, the NPS has broad authority to determine what uses and activities are appropriate in any particular National Park System area.

The Superintendent’s Compendium requirements are developed with an analysis and decision process for that particular NPS area. The decision criteria used during this process are

1. Is the use or activity consistent with the National Park Service Organic Act and NPS policy?
2. Is the use or activity consistent and compatible with the park’s enabling legislation, management objectives, and corresponding management plans?
3. Will the use or activity damage or impair the park’s protected natural and cultural resources and other protected values?
4. Will the use or activity disturb or be in conflict with wildlife, vegetation, and environmental protection actions and values?
5. Will the use or activity conflict with or be incompatible with traditional park uses and activities?
6. Will the use or activity compromise employee or public safety?

E. Where does this Compendium apply?

The regulations contained in this Compendium apply to all persons entering, using, visiting, or otherwise within the boundaries of federally owned lands and waters administered by the National Park Service as Prince William Forest Park.

F. Who enforces the requirements of this Compendium?

The regulations contained in this Compendium may be enforced by any commissioned employee of the National Park Service or sworn officer of the United States Park Police. At the Superintendent’s discretion, sworn law enforcement officers of partner agencies may also be granted authority to enforce these regulations.

G. What is the penalty for not adhering to the regulations found in this Compendium?

A person who violates any regulations in Title 36 C.F.R. Parts 1-7 or this Compendium is subject to a fine as provided by law (18 U.S.C. § 3571) up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months (18 U.S.C. § 3559), or both, and will be adjudged to pay all court costs associated with any court proceedings.

 

36 C.F.R. § Part 1 – General Provisions


§ 1.5 – Closures and Public Use Limits

COVID-19 Safety

Regardless of vaccination status or local community transmission levels, all individuals over the age of two must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in all common areas and shared workspaces in federally owned buildings administered by the National Park Service and in office space leased by the National Park Service.

Federally owned buildings administered by the National Park Service' include, but are not limited to, visitor centers, administrative offices, maintenance facilities, and shared government quarters; buildings assigned to concessioners or other park partners; and buildings leased for commercial purposes to individuals or entities other than the National Park Service.

All individuals over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status or local community transmission levels, must wear masks in outdoor areas when others are present and six feet of social distancing cannot be physically maintained due to available spacing, except when actively eating or drinking.

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must comply with all orders regarding masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers on public transit, regardless of vaccination status. Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in transportation hubs.

Determination of Closure/LimitationsThis regulation is pursuant to the nationwide order issued by the National Park Service Deputy Director of Operations on August 16, 2021, entitled “Masking Requirements for Shared Indoor and Designated Outdoor Spaces.”


Park Grounds and Facilities Hours of Operation

The dates and hours of operations published below may be changed upon order of the Superintendent according to park management needs, without requiring revision of this Compendium. Any such changes will be communicated to the public.

All park areas, including buildings, roads, trails, and facilities, are closed to use and visitation during the period from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. Sunset and sunrise are defined by the published tables of the U.S. Naval Observatory for Triangle, Virginia.

The following exceptions exist.

  • National Park Service employees may be present in park areas at any time when conducting official business.
  • Persons holding a valid scientific research permit or special use permit, when such permit authorizes specific closure and use limit exceptions.
  • Park residents and their invited guests may be present at their park residence at any time.
  • Campers may access the park during any period of time for which they have a valid camping permit. During the overnight closure period, however, campers must restrict their activities to the campground itself and any roads and trails needed to access the campground; all recreational road and trail use is prohibited.

The park maintenance area is closed to the public at all times except for persons conducting official business during normal operating hours 0700-1600 Monday-Friday. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays and all federal holidays.

The Law Enforcement firing range and associated structures are closed to public use.

The following addresses and associated structures and grounds are closed to public use

  • 15219 Nottingham Drive, Manassas, Virginia

  • 15309 Nottingham Drive, Manassas, Virginia

  • 17415 Mine Road, Dumfries, Virginia

  • 17409 Mine Road, Dumfries, Virginia

  • 16308 Dumfries Road, Dumfries, Virginia

  • 16150 Pleasant Road, Dumfries, Virginia

  • 18020 Park Headquarters Road, Triangle, Virginia

  • 17225 Mawavi Road, Triangle, Virginia

  • 5425 Turkey Run Road, Triangle, Virginia

  • 15214 Nottingham Drive, Manassas, Virginia

  • 14804 Bristow Road, Manassas, Virginia

 

Seasons of Operation for Campgrounds and Cabin Camps

Operating seasons for campgrounds and cabin camps are determined as a management decision by the Superintendent, considering such factors as weather, demand, road conditions, facility maintenance, and staffing.

Operating seasons will be communicated with the public via the park’s website.

Entering a cabin camp or campground when it is closed for the season, except pursuant to the terms of a permit, is prohibited.


Determination of Closure/Limitations
These closures are necessary for public safety when inclement weather is not conducive to visits and to protect the park’s cultural and natural resources from damage, vandalism, and destruction.
 

Park Roads and Trails

  • Park Headquarters Road – use is restricted to administrative use, park residents, and for those persons and visitors conducting official business during normal business operating hours.

  • Carters Day Camp Road - use is restricted to administrative use, park residents, and for those persons and visitors conducting official business during normal business operating hours.

  • Administrative Roads - the following roads are closed to public motor vehicle use except for those with a special use or scientific research permit requiring road usage to fulfill the terms of the permit: Mawavi Road (Scenic Drive to bridge), Pleasant Road, Old Black Top Road, Liming Lane, Taylor Farm Road, Burma Road, Spriggs Lane Fire Road, Lake One Road, Pyrite Mine Road, North Orenda Road, South Orenda Road, Lykes Fire Road.

  • Pyrite Mine Bridge – This bridge is closed to all vehicle and equipment traffic and use.

  • Scenic Drive - Open year-round depending on weather.

  • Turkey Run Road - Open year-round depending on weather.

  • Telegraph Road - Closed from November 1 to first Saturday in April.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This measure is required to protect government property, facilities, employees, visitors, and wildlife. All park roads are subject to closure due to inclement weather. Resource sensitive areas may be temporarily closed to all modes of traffic on a case-by-case basis (36 C.F.R. § 4.30).


General Access

Entering and exiting the park by other than established roads and trails without a permit is prohibited.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This measure is required to provide for visitor safety and prevent resource damage from the creation of social trails.


Area Closures

The following additional areas are closed to the public:

  1. All areas displaying signage stating that the area is closed, when pursuant to a Superintendent’s Order.
  2. All dams in the park are closed to foot and bicycle traffic.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This measure is required to protect government property and facilities and the privacy of groups using the Cabin Camps, and to promote visitor safety.


Cultural Resource Areas

The following uses are prohibited in cemeteries and archaeological ruins: active recreation, including picnicking, running, hiking, bicycling, and field sports.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This measure is required to protect culture resources from damage.


Unmanned Aircraft

Launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft within the boundaries of federally owned lands and waters administered by the National Park Service as Prince William Forest Park is prohibited without the Superintendent’s prior written approval.

“Unmanned Aircraft” is defined as a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quadcopters, and drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
The inherent qualities of unmanned aircraft use – high-decibel sound levels at high pitch, potentially uncontrolled aerial devices, intrusion upon the visual landscape, and attempts at rescuing errant aircraft from treetops – are incompatible with the values of peace and quiet the park seeks to protect, and present a danger to visitor and user safety. This closure is in keeping with National Park Service Policy Memorandum 14-05 regarding unmanned aircraft, issued June 2014.


Vehicle Idling

All motor vehicle engines must be shut down when parked for more than 5 minutes.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
The exhaust from idling motor vehicle engines adds unnecessary exhaust fumes to the air and diminishes visitors’ enjoyment of the park’s peace and tranquility.


Generators

Generators may be used in Oak Ridge and Turkey Run Ridge campgrounds only between 0800 and 2200. Safety measures that must be taken when using generators include grounding, an absorbent pad underneath the unit, and having a portable fire extinguisher present.

Using generators at all other locations and times is prohibited unless pursuant to a special use permit. The NPS may utilize generators at any time or location when necessary for administrative purposes.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
The prolonged generator use in campgrounds areas adds significant audible disturbance to an otherwise peaceful park setting and to wildlife, and disrupts the visitor experience.


Geocaches

Leaving property unattended for the purpose of being found or visited by others via a social network, such as Geocaching or Letterboxing, is prohibited without a special use permit.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Placing geocaches and objects in the park is a prohibited activity based upon potential negative impacts on natural and cultural resources. The negative impacts of concern include digging holes to bury caches, manipulating vegetation and geological formations to conceal caches, disturbing underground cultural resources, archeological resources or both, creating unauthorized social trails, and abandoning property.


Balloons

Possessing, using, or releasing helium-filled balloons is prohibited in all park areas.

Determination of Closure/ Limitations
This measure is required to protect wildlife that may encounter and become entangled with or swallow punctured balloons, and to prevent the deposit of litter on the landscape.


Closed Inflatable Trampolines

Closed inflatable trampoline devices, also known as inflatable castles, bounce houses, or moon bounces, and similar devices are prohibited in public use areas except pursuant to a special use permit.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This is required due to potential for resource damage; the large footprint of such devices negatively impacts ground resources.


Golf

All park areas are closed to the use of a golf club for golfing, including both hard course golf balls and soft practice golf balls.

Determination of Closure/ Limitations
Not all recreational activities are compatible in the park. Golf as a recreational activity in developed areas poses safety risks to park visitors and has the potential to cause damage to park resources and private structures and vehicles. Un-retrieved or ‘lost’ golf balls create a littering issue on the natural landscape.


Horseshoes

Pitching or throwing horseshoes is permitted at the following designated park locations with horseshoe pits

  1. Williams Ballfield
  2. Pine Grove Picnic Area
  3. Oak Ridge campground

The remainder of the park is closed to this activity unless authorized by the Superintendent’s prior written approval.

Determination of Closure/ Limitations
Not all recreational activities are compatible in the park. Horseshoes as a recreational activity in developed areas poses safety risks to park visitors and has the potential to cause damage to park and private structures, and vehicles.


Camping and Picnic Areas


Except in an emergency, the following areas and/or facilities are closed to public access except for persons holding a valid camping permit or rental agreement for that specific area/facility and their personal guests; persons conducting official business; or persons holding a special use permit specifically authorizing their presence in the closed area. Possession of a valid camping permit or rental agreement for one closed area or facility does not grant the holder access to other closed areas or facilities.

  1. Cabin Camps 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The closed area is defined as all park lands within a 100-meter radius of any structures, roads, facilities, clearings, bodies of water, or improvements associated with any camp.

  2. Oak Ridge Campground. The closed area is defined as all campsites, the roadway within the campground, all areas enclosed by the campground roadway including the restrooms, and the amphitheater.

  3. Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground. The closed area is defined as all campsites, the roadway and parking area within the campground, and the amphitheater.

  4. Prince William Forest RV Campground. The closed area is defined as all campsites, structures, facilities, and roads within the campground.

  5. Chopawamsic Backcountry Area. The closed area is defined as all park lands south of Virginia Route 619, Joplin Road.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
These limitations are required to protect vulnerable cultural resources, government property, and facilities, and to conserve the privacy and quietude of groups using these facilities.


Parking

Public parking is prohibited from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise except:

  1. In designated camps and camping areas as a condition of permitted occupancy.

  2. Pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.

  3. For residents and invited quests.

Parking in any location other than designated parking spots is prohibited. This includes the roadway shoulder, grass areas, and in and around campsites. Designated parking spots are indicated by white stall lines painted on pavement, parking pads at campsites, or gravel parking lots.

Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant is prohibited.

Parking in front of gates, or blocking roadways or trail access, is prohibited.

Determination of Closure/ Limitations
The park is closed overnight and unauthorized visitors or vehicles cause a safety concern. Parking in designated spots prevents resource damage and eliminates unsafe conditions created when vehicles are parked in roadways, in undesignated off-road sites, or in pedestrian areas.


Vehicle Maintenance

Washing or repairing vehicles (other than short-term emergency repairs) by visitors is prohibited.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This measure is required to protect the park’s water supply and to prevent gray water and toxic substances being released into natural areas.


Use of Remote-Controlled Vehicles

The use of remote-controlled vehicles, including toy- or hobby-grade ‘RC cars’ or similar devices, is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a special use permit.

“Remote-Controlled Vehicle” is defined as a motorized device that is used or intended to be used for transport over ground without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the driver or system operator in command to operate or control the device.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Remote-controlled vehicles can cause resource damage in wooded areas, can interfere with vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic on paved roads, and are often associated with persons altering the natural landscape to create courses or obstacles for the vehicle.

Vessels

The term “vessel” means every description of watercraft, or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on the water.

All vessel use on Lakes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 is by permit (cabin camp reservation) only. Vessel use is allowed by cabin camp groups only with a certified water safety instructor present. Water safety instructors must be identified in the camping permit. The permit holder must forward the water safety instructor’s certification to the Park Superintendent no less than 24 hours before water activities occur.

Vessel use is prohibited on creeks and in Carter’s Pond.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Cabin Camp areas and associated lakes are open to use by Cabin Camp permit holders only. Requiring a permit allows the park to regulate these activities and assure that safety measures are in place. Creeks within the park are not conducive to navigation, and attempting to use a vessel upon them may result in resource damage or safety hazards.


Swimming activities

Swimming is prohibited in Lakes 1 and 5, except when permitted cabin camp groups provide a certified lifeguard to monitor swimmers. Lifeguards must be identified on the camping permit and proof of certification submitted to the park in advance.

Swimming in Carters Pond is prohibited.

Swimming at the Prince William Forest RV Park pool is restricted to registered campers and their personal guests only.

Every child age 3 and under and those not completely toilet trained must wear a snug fitting, non-disposable swim diaper or rubber pants over a disposable swim diaper when using the pool at Prince William Forest RV Park.

Glass containers are prohibited in all park waters and pools, both natural and manmade.

Determination of Closure/Limit
Discarded glass can break and cause injury to those recreating in swimming areas. Certified lifeguards ensure the safety of all those swimming and reduces the probability of injury or loss of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control, no swim diaper holds fecal material beyond 5 minutes. Swim diaper requirements allow adults time to remove children from the pool before fecal matter can contaminate it and require pool closure.

§ 1.6 Permits

(a) The public and researchers may apply for Scientific Research and Collecting Permits from the park.

(b) The following types of filming activities may occur in areas open to the public without a permit and without advance notice to the National Park Service:

  • Outdoor filming activities involving five persons or less and equipment that will be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold cameras.

The organizer of any other type of filming activity must provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 10 days prior to the start of the proposed activity. Based upon the information provided, the Superintendent may require the organizer to apply for and obtain a permit if necessary to:

  • maintain public health and safety;

  • protect environmental or scenic values;

  • protect natural or cultural resources;

  • allow for equitable allocation and use of facilities; or

  • avoid conflict among visitor use activities.

If the Superintendent determines that the terms and conditions of a permit could not mitigate the concerns identified above in an acceptable manner, the Superintendent may deny a filming request without issuing a permit. The Superintendent will provide the basis for denial in writing upon request.T

he National Park Service will consider requests and process permit applications in a timely manner. Processing times will vary depending on the complexity of the proposed activity. If the organizer provides the required 10 day advance notice to the NPS and has not received a written response from the NPS that a permit is required prior to the first day of production, the proposed filming activities may occur without a permit.

The following are prohibited:

  1. Engaging in a filiming activity without providing advance notice to the Superintendent when required.

  2. Engaging in filming activity without a permit if the Superintendent has notified the organizer in writing that a permit is required.

  3. Violating a term and condition of a permit issued under this action.

Violating a term or condition of a permit issued under this action may also result in the suspension and revocation of the permit by the Superintendent.

(c) For all other activities that may require a permit, refer to section § 7.96 - Activities That Require a Permit.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
The Superintendent may issue a permit authorizing the study and collection of natural and cultural specimens when the permit request includes a written research proposal and the Superintendent determines that the research or collection will benefit science, improve the protection of park resources, or both.

The limitation on filming is in conformity with the Price v. Barr District Court decision (D.D.C Jan.22, 2021) and the National Park Service Policy Memorandum entitled Managing Filming Activities After Price v. Barr, issued February 22, 2021.

 

36 C.F.R. § Part 2 – General Regulations


§ 2.1 Preservation of natural, cultural and archeological resources

Firewood

Only registered campers in Oak Ridge Campground, Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground, and all Cabin Camps may collect wood to use as firewood. The wood must be:

  1. dead and down and be less than 6 inches in diameter;
  2. collected to use and consume in the park during a stay with a valid permit.

Bringing firewood into the park, except for firewood certified by the US Department of Agriculture as ‘pest free’ under 7 C.F.R. § 301.53-1 through 9, is prohibited. Using pressure-treated lumber or any dimensional lumber impregnated with paint, stain, varnish, or other chemical compound for firewood is prohibited.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This closure is intended to prevent or slow the introduction of exotic insects, diseases or both, into Prince William Forest Park’s forest ecosystem. The emerald ash borer (EAB), spotted lantern fly, and pine bark beetle have already killed millions of trees in those states that have been infested. Consequently, states and the federal government regulate firewood movement in and from infested areas. Pressure-treated lumber and lumber impregnated with chemicals emit toxic fumes and leave behind chemical residue.


Plant Collection

Visitors may gather fruits, nuts, berries and mushrooms by hand to use personally or consume. Possession of mushrooms is limited to one aggregate quart of any combination of species per person per day. Possession of unshelled nuts is limited to 1 quart of each species per person per day. Possession of fruits and berries is limited to one pint of each species per person per day. Removing fruits, nuts, berries and mushrooms cannot disturb the remainder of the plant; mushrooms must be cut, not pulled. Gathering plants for commercial use is prohibited.

Those which may be gathered are:

  1. mushrooms (fungi of the Dikarya/Neomycota subkingdom)

  2. blueberries (Vaccinrum spp.)

  3. strawberries (Fragaria Virginiana)

  4. blackberries, raspberries and wineberries (Hubus spp.)

  5. grapes (Vifis spp.)

  6. elderberries (Sambucus pubens).

  7. gooseberries and currants (Ribes spp.)

  8. huckleberries (Gaylussacia spp.)

  9. cherries and plums (Prunus spp.)

  10. serviceberries (Amelanchier Laevis)

  11. persimmons (Diospyros Virginiana L)

  12. black walnuts (Juglans nigra)

  13. hickory nuts (Carya spp.)

  14. American hazelnut (Corylus americana)

  15. apples (Malus spp.) or (Pyrus spp.)

  16. pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

All other plant species (such as, but not limited to, conifer cones, fungi, lichens and “fiddle-head” ferns) are closed to harvesting.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
A gathering limit is required to ensure that plant reproductive potential is not adversely affected.


§ 2.3 – Fishing

  1. If caught, Northern Snakehead fish must not be thrown back into park waters. Anglers who catch a Northern Snakehead fish must kill the fish, remove it from the park for disposal, and report to Park staff the location where the fish was caught.

  2. Notification must be made to e-mail us or 703-221-4706 ext. 273

§ 2.4– Weapons, Traps, and Nets

Supervised target archery using simple recurve bows or longbows for recreational, educational, and interpretative purposes is permitted when such use is requested in writing to the Superintendent and approved through a special use permit or other written determination.

§ 2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

Quiet Hours

Daily camping quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Creating or sustaining unreasonable noise between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. disturbs other park users and wildlife, and negatively impacts the experience of campers.


Camping Permits

Campground and Cabin Camp permits may not be obtained by persons under 18 years of age.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Cabin Camp areas and facilities contain historic and non-historic structures, which if damaged may result in criminal penalties, monetary assessments or both for damage, clean-up, restoration or a combination. Minors cannot be held legally liable for financial obligations. The cabin camp rental agreement is a legally binding service contract.


Hammocks

Hammock camping is allowed in Oak Ridge, Chopawamsic, and Turkey Run Ridge Group Campgrounds provided hammock straps are at least 1½ inches wide and they are not affixed to a tree less than 6 inches in diameter. Hammock straps may not be attached to park-provided lantern poles. Ropes or similar material are not allowed for hanging any objects to fixtures or trees. No more than 2 hammocks may be used in any one site.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Using straps described above has not been shown to have detrimental effects on trees and tree bark.


Stay limitations

Requests for exceeding stay limitations in any campground may be approved on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted to the Superintendent in writing. Forms are available at the Visitor Center during normal operating hours.

Oak Ridge Campground

Campsites must be reserved in advance through www.recreation.gov. Campers may stay no more than 14 calendar days in a year (January through December).

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Camping stay limitations are in effect as camping is deemed a short-term recreational activity.


In Oak Ridge Campground, tents must be in the bordered site area or within 40 feet of the parking pad.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This requirement is to prevent undue soil compaction and associated injury and death of plant life, and to provide a buffer between sites to limit visual and audible intrusions.


Camping in C Loop at Oak Ridge Campground is restricted to tent camping only.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Campsites in C Loop provide a more rustic and natural setting for camping. Adding RVs and motorhomes would detract from the desired visitor experience.


Oak Ridge Campground sites A23, A25, C32 and C33 are accessible to visitors with disabilities. The International Symbol of Access is posted at each designated site.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Providing designated sites for visitors with disabilities is a federal requirement. The sites have amenities which make them accessible for persons with disabilities and are located a short distance from comfort stations.


Campsites are limited to 6 people per site. Loops A and B are limited to 2 tents and 1 dining canopy, or 1 recreational vehicle and 1 tent or dining canopy. Sites in Loop C are limited to 2 tents and 1 dining canopy. In all sites, the total tents and canopies footprint will not exceed 200 square feet.

Checkout time at Oak Ridge Campground is 12:00 p.m. and camping fees for an additional night must be paid by that time.

All vehicles must park entirely within the boundaries of the parking pad assigned to the campsite.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Vehicles parked on the parking pad cannot extend into the roadway because they will block traffic flow and create safety hazards for drivers using the road. Requiring vehicles to occupy specific areas prevents damage to park resources from vehicles traveling on unstable grounds.


RVs and Motorhomes must be of such size that all stabilization supports (wheels and support poles) will be on the parking pad and the vehicle will not extend into the roadway. Extension pull-out devices of RVs and motorhomes must fit on and in the site pads provided.

Recreational vehicles are limited to 32 feet in length and 12 feet in height. Trailers and fifth wheels are limited to 26 feet in length and 12 feet in height.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
The winding access roads in Oak Ridge Campground cannot safely accommodate recreational vehicles or trailers longer than the above dimensions. Limits on the sizes of recreational vehicles entering the camp loops is necessary to protect park assets and resources and prevent private vehicle damage.


Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground

Campers may stay no more than 14 calendar days in a year with no more than 7 consecutive days at any one time.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Camping stay limitations are in effect as camping is deemed a short-term recreational activity.

Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground is restricted to tent camping only. All tents, dining canopies, and other camping equipment must be within the boundaries of the campsite.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
This requirement is to prevent undue soil compaction and associated injury and death of plant life, as well as to provide an audio and visual buffer between sites.

Campsite reservations may only be made through www.recreation.gov. Checkout time is 12:00 p.m.

Each site’s maximum camper capacities are

Site Group Capacity

A

25

B

25

C

40

D

25

E

25

F

40

G

25

H

25

I

25











Determination of Closure/Limitations
Group sites are designed for group camping and the size is set to accommodate larger groups while still limiting impact to the resource.


Chopawamsic Backcountry Area

A permit is required for day use or overnight camping in the Chopawamsic Backcountry Area of the park. The Area is defined as all lands and waters of Prince William Forest Park which are south of State Route 619.

Checkout time for backcountry campsites is 12:00 p.m.

Designated sites in Chopawamsic Backcountry Area are marked with a site post. Tents must be pitched within 20 feet of the post.

Permittees to the Chopawamsic Backcountry Area must display their park permit on their vehicle dashboard.Maximum daily capacities are

  1. Campsites 1-8 maximum occupancy is 4 persons per site per night.
  2. Day-use permits the park will issue no more than 10 passes per day for groups or individuals of 1-4 people. Permits are issued at the Visitor Center.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Campsite management is designed as a “dispersed concentration” system to minimize impacts to resource conditions and the backcountry visitor experience. Using designated campsites concentrates and minimizes camping impacts in “moderate- to high-use” backcountry areas. Using ‘designated’ campsites concentrates and minimizes the spread of impacts in specific “high-use” areas or at sensitive resource sites with potential for significant impacts. Some areas are “closed” to backcountry camping to preserve special resource conditions and values.

Campers may stay no more than 14 calendar days in a year with no more than 7 consecutive days at any one time.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Camping stay limitations are in effect as camping is deemed a short-term recreational activity.

 
Cabin Camps

Maximum Occupancies

Cabin Camp #

Capacity

Check-In Time

Check-Out Time

Goodwill

1

205

1:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

Mawavi

2

148

4:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

Orenda, A unit

3, Unit A1

4

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A2

4

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A3

6

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A4

6

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A5

4

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A6

6

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A7

6

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A8

6

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A9

6

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit A-9a

6

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

Orenda, B unit

3, Unit B1

10

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit B2

10

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

3, Unit B3

10

3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

Orenda, C unit

3, C Unit

76

2:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

Pleasant

4

200

2:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

Happyland

5

206 in summer 104 in winter

3:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Overnight visits in Cabin Camp 3 A and B units are limited to 14 days per year.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Camping stay limitations are in effect as camping is deemed a short-term recreational activity.


General Regulations

The following are prohibited in all Cabin Camps:

  • Pets
  • Camping trailers and tents
  • Smoking inside all buildings
  • Attaching lanterns to trees
  • Waterslides
  • Trampolines
  • Petting zoos
  • Heaters and electrical appliances (with the exception of hair dryers and curling irons, which are permitted in bathhouses only)
  • Sleeping in dining halls and craft lodges

The Superintendent or her/his designee may restrict possessing certain items or conducting certain activities when there is a reasonable determination that such items or activities are incompatible with the historic character of the Cabin Camps, the safety of visitors, the preservation of natural and cultural resources, or the orderly management of the park. Failure to comply with these restrictions is prohibited.

The Permittee is liable for any costs the Park incurs due to associated use including, but not limited to damages to buildings or equipment stocked by the Park, disposal of items left behind, etc. The Permittee is subject to prosecution for any theft of or damage to park property the Park determines to be criminal.

Permittee or Permittee’s guests cannot engage in any form of monetary or commercial transaction on NPS property. This includes but is not limited to collecting admission fees to the Permittee’s event, selling merchandise, food, services, or gambling.

Alcohol is prohibited in the camp without a valid Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Banquet-class permit. An ABC approved permit must be filed with the Cabin Camp office no later than 10 days before the first day of the encampment. A $500,000 liability insurance policy must also be filed with the NPS named as the additionally-insured party. The insurance policy must also be filed with the Cabin Camp office no later than 10 days before the first day of the encampment. The sale of alcohol is prohibited.

Vehicles are not permitted in cabin unit areas. Occupants may unload equipment and personal property at the dining hall, but upon completion of unloading must immediately move vehicles to a designated parking lot before moving the equipment and personal property into camp buildings.

Campers are restricted to their respective cabin camp after sunset.


Prince William Forest RV Campground


From April 01 through October 31:

  • 50 percent of campsites are available as ‘short-term use’ sites, with a stay limit of 14 days.

  • 50 percent of campsites are available as ‘long-term use’ sites, with a stay limit of 90 days.

From November 01 through March 31:

  • 20 percent of campsites are available as ‘short-term use’ sites, with a stay limit of 14 days.

  • 80 percent of campsites are available as ‘long-term use’ sites, with a stay limit of 180 days.

The cumulative stay limit for short-term use sites is 28 days in a calendar year.The cumulative stay limit for long-term use sites is 270 days in a calendar year.

The RV Campground concessioner will maintain a current list of which sites are identified for short-term or long-term use, and will make the list available to the park upon request.

§ 2.11 – Picnicking

Picnic areas are first-come, first-served, except for the Telegraph Picnic Pavilion. Telegraph Picnic Pavilion requires a reservation.

  • Picnicking is prohibited when the activity would interfere with normal agency functions or visitor use activities already in progress.

  • Holding additional picnicking sites and or tables for other individuals not yet present is prohibited.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Picnicking is restricted from those areas that would adversely impact the historic scene or interfere with the park’s operations. Use of picnic sites and tables in designated picnic areas of the park is based on a first-come, first-served basis; ‘holding’ picnic facilities for others is unfair to other facility users.

§ 2.13 – Fires


Designated Areas

Fires are permitted in the following areas only:

  1. In picnic areas and camping areas, excluding the Chopawamsic Backcountry Area. Contained fires are permitted in park-provided grills or fire rings, camp stoves and portable grills (noncombustible container with a minimum container depth of 2”, enclosed sides, and a bottom) only.
  2. In cabin camps, fires may be made in park constructed council rings, fireplaces, and park-provided grills only.


Established Conditions for Fires in Designated Areas

Fires must be attended at all times. Fires with sustained flame lengths over 24 inches are prohibited. Only wood or charcoal may be burned in cooking or warming fires in fire rings and park-provided grills.Only wood which fits entirely within the fire ring may be burned.Fires must be completely out before departure from any campsite, cabin, picnic area or other approved area for fires.High fire danger closures will be in effect as noted:

  1. During Virginia state-imposed burn bans and periods of high fire danger, open fires and charcoal fires are prohibited. The Superintendent may impose burn bans as needed according to local conditions.

  2. During Virginia state-imposed burn bans and periods of high fire danger, only self-contained gas or liquid fuel grills and stoves are permitted, provided their features allow them to be immediately shut off.

Use of open-flame lanterns is prohibited at all times within park areas.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
The use of open fires in the park is regulated to protect human life, structures and natural resources. During extreme weather conditions, open-pit fires may be restricted to preclude the accidental ignition of wildfires. Using campfires encourages natural woody debris removal around the campsite which disturbs natural appearances and processes; causes heat damage to soil and vegetation, and promotes damage to or removal of live and dead standing trees. Using campfires often leads to widespread construction of stone fire rings which are unnatural in appearance, concentrates visitor use and impacts by establishing campsites at inappropriate areas, and produces charcoal build-up in high-use areas. Campfires also contribute to human-caused wildland fires.

 

§ 2.14 – Sanitation and Refuse

The use of any soap or detergent, biodegradable or otherwise, is prohibited in all waters of the park.Within campgrounds, dishes may be washed only in the utility sink facilities provided for that purpose. Solid foodstuffs from the cooking process must be disposed of in dumpsters.

Disposal of Human Waste

In areas more than a ¼ of a mile from restroom facilities, and when carryout is not feasible, human body waste must be buried 4 to 6 inches deep in organic soil in an area the public does not frequent, not visible from trails, campsites or developed areas, and at least 100 feet from any water source. During the winter when organic soil is not exposed, solid human body waste must be buried 100 yards from any campsite or established travel route to a depth of 12 inches in snow whenever possible.

Determinations of Closure/Limit
Solid human waste can spread disease and must be disposed of away from water sources to minimize the pollution potential. Burying solid waste at least 4 inches in soil minimizes the potential for waste material washing into nearby water sources and eliminates human waste’s visual impact and odor. Removing refuse minimizes litter and enhances the visitor experience and protects wildlife from the impacts of discarded food and potentially hazardous trash.


§ 2.15 – Pets

  1. Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground, all public buildings, and all Cabin Camps are closed to pets unless authorized by a special use permit.
  2. Pets may be tied up at campsites and other developed areas only and may only be left unattended for less than 1 hour in those locations.
  3. Hoofed domesticated animals are prohibited in the park.
  4. Venomous pets, or pets which may reasonably be considered dangerous to the safety of visitors or park resources, are prohibited in the park.
  5. Pet excrement must be disposed under the following conditions:
    When any pet discharges solid bodily waste, the owner must collect the waste and discard it outside the park, or in the dog waste stations located in Pine Grove Picnic area and Parking Lot D.
  6. The possession of pets in shared government housing is prohibited.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Pet animals must be restricted for public health and safety, and to protect natural and wildlife resources. These policies exist to protect pets from being harassed or hurt by predators, to protect wildlife from being harassed or hurt by pets, to prevent disease exchange between domestic animals and park wildlife, and to allow others to enjoy the park without disruption from pets.


§ 2.16 – Horses and Pack Animals

Horses and pack animals are prohibited in the park. ‘Pack animals’ as defined under the Superintendent’s authority are burros, mules, oxen, pigs, and goats.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Horses and pack animals, with their significant mass and hooves, easily disturb vegetation resources. They also deposit significant amounts of waste which must be mitigated.


§ 2.19 – Winter Activities

The following paved park roads, parking areas or both are designated for skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, inner tubing, and tobogganing under the conditions noted.

  1. Telegraph Road when closed for winter storms,
  2. Telegraph Parking Area when closed for winter storms,
  3. Scenic Drive from Parking Lot D in a counterclockwise direction to Turkey Run Road, when closed for winter storms. Engaging in winter activities on the hill directly connecting Parking Lot D to Turkey Run Road is prohibited.


§ 2.20 – Skating, Skateboards and Similar Devices

Visitors may only use roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices in two designated areas:

1. park residence areas; and
2. within the bike lane on Scenic Drive from Parking Lot D to Oak Ridge Road.


Operating such devices outside the designated areas is prohibited.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Roller skating, skateboarding, and similar activities are permitted in residential areas for employees and their families. Such use does not pose a threat to park resources or impose a risk to park visitors. Use along the bike lane on Scenic Drive from lot D to Oak Ridge is permitted because it provides ample space for multi-use recreation.


Motorized wheelchairs are permitted for use on all trails, on all Administrative roads, and on the multi-use path between Parking Lot D and Oak Ridge Campground. To qualify as a motorized wheelchair, the device must be designed solely for use by a person with a mobility-impairment for locomotion and be suitable for use in an indoor pedestrian area. Not all park trails are designed to accommodate motorized wheelchairs; users should check with park staff prior to embarking.

Other electric mobility devices, such as Segway scooters and golf carts, may be used on Administrative roads, provided that the device is being used solely to provide access for persons with disabilities to areas that are open to public use.

§ 2.21 – Smoking

Smoking or Electronic Nicotine Delivering Systems (ENDS or "Vapes") use is prohibited

  1. In all public and concession buildings.
  2. In all cabin camp buildings.
  3. Within 25 feet of the entrance to all public buildings, all cabin camp buildings and all NPS and concession storage areas.
  4. In all government-owned or leased motor vehicles, fuel storage areas and fuel dispensing areas.
  5. In all government-owned park housing.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Federal regulations prohibit smoking in federal buildings, including within 25 feet of entryways. Smoking is further prohibited to protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, or prevent conflicts among visitor use activities.


§ 2.22 – Property

Property and vehicles may not be left overnight in a day-use parking area except pursuant to the terms of a special use permit, or permission from park law enforcement staff. Property may be left unattended for greater than 24 hours only in the following locations and under the following conditions:

  1. Visitors on permitted trips in the Chopawamsic Backcountry Area are permitted to leave vehicles in the Chopawamsic parking area for the duration of their permit.
  2. Visitors may leave property unattended in campsites for more than 24 hours for as long as they hold a valid permit for the campsite.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Unattended property represents a heightened threat of property crime or loss, and may interfere with the orderly management of the park.


§ 2.23 – Recreation Fees

Fee Areas at Prince William Forest Park
Under Title 36 C.F.R. Part 71, recreation fees are established for the following entrance fee areas, and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events or specialized recreation.

Park entrance fees are as follows

  • $20 per vehicle for a seven-day entrance pass.
  • $15 per motorcycle for a seven-day entrance pass.
  • $10 per person on foot or bicycle for a seven-day entrance pass.
  • $35 Prince William Forest Park, park specific, annual pass. Valid for vehicle entrance for noncommercial vehicles with a carrying capacity of 15 or fewer persons.
  • $80 for “America the Beautiful” Interagency national fee area Annual Pass (Free for Active Duty Military and their dependents, Veterans and Gold Star family members).
  • $80 for the Interagency Lifetime Senior Pass for persons 62 and up. Four annual Senior Passes purchased in prior years may be traded in for a lifetime Senior Pass.
  • $20 for the Interagency Annual Senior pass for persons 62 and up.
  • Free Access Pass (Lifetime, for persons with a permanent disability).
  • Free Volunteer Pass (Annual, for persons who volunteer more than 250 hours with the NPS).
  • Free Every Kid Outdoors 4th grade pass

Site use fee areas per day

Turkey Run Campground - 25 Person Group Site $65
Turkey Run Campground - 40 Person Group Site $80
Oak Ridge Campground - Regular Per Tent Site $26
Oak Ridge Campground - Senior & Access Pass per Tent Site $13
Telegraph Picnic Pavilion $80
Cabin Camp 1 (Goodwill) $670
Cabin Camp 2 (Mawavi) $630
Cabin Camp 3 (Orenda) - Individual rentals in A and B units
4 Person Cabin
$50
6 Person Cabin
$60
10 Person Cabin
$70
Cabin Camp 3 (Orenda) - Group rental in C unit $475
Cabin Camp 4 (Pleasant) $650
Cabin Camp 5 (Happyland) - Summer $790
Cabin Camp 5 (Happyland) - Winter $670


§ 2.35 –Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances

Per Virginia Code §4.1-308, all spaces in the park to which the general public has access are closed to the consumption of alcohol. The following spaces are not considered public, and therefore the consumption of alcohol is permitted in these locations.

  • Individual rental cabins in Cabin Camp 3, A Unit, and the immediate curtilage of such cabins, when in possession of a valid camping permit
  • Oak Ridge Campground campsites, when in possession of a valid camping permit
  • Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground campsites, when in possession of a valid camping permit
  • Chopawamsic Backcountry Area campsites, when in possession of a valid camping permit
  • Park residences
  • Telegraph Pavilion and Turkey Run Ridge Amphitheater, when in possession of a valid use permit for the facility
  • Cabin Camps 1, 2, 3 (B & C Units only), 4, and 5, when in possession of a valid use permit for the facility and in possession of a valid Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority Banquet-class License.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Virginia law prohibits alcohol consumption in public spaces. Valid permits must be held for a campsite or cabin camp in order for the space to be considered non-public. Cabin camps are routinely used for large gatherings and functions where alcohol is served; a Virginia ABC Authority Banquet-class License is required in order to ensure visitor and resource safety through licensed and regulated alcohol service.

§ 2.62 – Memorialization
The scattering of remains is to be performed at least 100 yards from any trail, road, developed facility, or body of water, and out of the view of other park visitors. Remains must be pulverized, and scattered so as to not accumulate in one place.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Scattering of cremated human remains is a reasonable accommodation to visitors and is unlikely to result in any negative resource impact.

 

36 C.F.R. § PART 4 – Vehicles and Traffic Safety

§ 4.10 – Travel on Park Roads and Routes

  1. Electric scooters, electric skateboards, or other similar transportation devices designed to carry a single passenger and propelled or assisted by a motor or engine are prohibited on all park roads and trails. Pursuant to 36 CFR 1.4(a), electric bicycles are defined separately from other electric transportation devices.
  2. Off-road vehicle use is prohibited in the park, except as authorized by the Superintendent.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Vehicular travel on unimproved roads can cause significant resource damage, conflicts with agency functions, and cause visitor use impacts.

§ 4.11 – Vehicle Load, Weight and Size Limits

The following load, weight and size limits, which are more restrictive than state law, apply to the roads indicated under the conditions, permit or both as noted

  1. Operating vehicles on park roads exceeding 10 tons in gross weight or 32 feet in overall length is prohibited. Operating trailers exceeding 26 feet is prohibited. Vehicles are exempt from these restrictions as authorized by the Superintendent.

  2. The historic wooden bridge at approximately MP 1.3 is restricted to 20 tons usage. Exceeding the weight limit on the bridge is prohibited.

§ 4.21 – Speed Limits

  1. 5 miles per hour in Prince William Forest RV campground.

  2. 10 miles per hour in all campgrounds and cabin camps.

  3. 15 miles per hour on Telegraph Road and all gravel roads, unless otherwise posted.

  4. 25 miles per hour on Park Entrance Road, Scenic Drive, Park Headquarters Road, Turkey Run Ridge Road, and Oak Ridge Road.

§4.30 – Bicycles and Electric Bicycles

  1. Use of bicycles and electric bicycles is permitted on paved public roads, administrative roads, and the Muschette Trail.

  2. Use of bicycles and electric bicycles is prohibited on trails.

Determination of Closure/Limitations
Park hiking trails are neither constructed nor maintained to withstand the significant impact of bicycle use. The trail substrates are loose and built on soft clay, and would erode rapidly and severely if subjected to bicycle use. Hiking trails are too narrow to allow bicycle riders and hikers to pass each other safely. On September 17, 2021, the Superintendent designated park roads and administrative areas as open to electric bicycles using the discretionary authority given to the Superintendent under 36 CFR 4.30(i).Allowing electric bicycles on paved public roads and administrative roads allows reasonable opportunities for recreation and access, and does not create adverse impacts upon park visitors, resources, or values.This action is covered by categorical exclusion A.8 in the NPS NEPA Handbook.

The Muschette Trail was designed and built specifically as a single-track mountain bicycling trail to grant access from Pine Grove to South Orenda Road.

 

36 C.F.R. § PART 7 - Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System


§ 7.96 - National Capital Region

Designated public assembly areas within Prince William Forest Park

Public assemblies and First Amendment activities in designated areas may be conducted by groups of more than 25 persons provided a Special Use Permit has been issued; or by groups of 25 persons or less provided the conditions of Section 7.96(g) are met. The locations in Prince William Forest Park as available for these activities are:

  • The field at the north terminus of the Pine Grove Picnic Area parking lot
  • Williams Ballfield

Determination of Closure/Limitations
The above designations are based upon a determination that such locations will not negatively impact park resources, unreasonably interfere with park operations, impair public facility use, create a danger to public health and safety, or unreasonably impair the atmosphere of peace and tranquility maintained in natural resource zones.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE Security Camera/CCTV Policy Statement

In accordance with National Park Service Law Enforcement Reference Manual 9 (RM-9), notice is hereby given that Prince William Forest Park uses Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security camera monitoring.

The park’s use of CCTV for law enforcement and security purposes will only be to visually monitor public park areas and public activities where no constitutionally-protected reasonable expectation of privacy exists. Such CCTV use – which will have adequate privacy and First Amendment safeguards – will be to help ensure public safety and security; facilitate the detection, investigation, prevention, and deterrence of crime; help ensure the safety of citizens and officers; help assist in the proper allocation and deployment of law enforcement and public safety resources; and help facilitate the protection of the innocent and the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.

This policy does not restrict the official use of CCTV in government administrative areas, including administrative buildings, jail holding facilities, revenue collection sites, etc., where the government may record/monitor its facilities. For example, the government may perform unrestricted video/audio recording at revenue collection points (entrance stations, visitor center counters, etc.). This policy does not restrict the use of an Audio/Visual Recording Device (AVRD) in patrol vehicles or officer-worn recording devices used by commissioned rangers.

Operation of CCTV cameras, maintenance of recorded images, and use of recorded images will be in accordance with NPS and Department policy and applicable laws and regulations. No person will be targeted or monitored merely because of race, religion, gender, sex, disability, national origin, or political affiliation or views.

Nothing in this policy statement is intended to create any rights, privileges, or benefits not otherwise recognized by law.

 

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