For Kids

A large playground, with many features for kids, in the Pine Grove Picnic Area
Visitor entrance fees paid for the addition of our new playground at Pine Grove Picnic Area in 2010.

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Prince William Forest Park's geographical location is unique. It covers the Piedmont and Coastal zone, and all are rich with plants, animals and stories of human history, giving children plenty of opportunity to explore and learn. Kids visiting the park enjoy visiting the exhibits and touch table located at the visitor center.

Young boy inspecting a tree with a magnifying glass

Take a Hike

Small children may enjoy exploring the woods on some of our shorter tails with interpretive signage including Piedmont Forest Trail and Laurel Loop Trail. For older children, the Farms to Forest Trail provides a good challenge and is an excellent day hike. You can also try try our letterboxing courses! Follow the clues to learn more about the history of this park.

group of kids listening to a ranger program, given by a ranger, standing near a large piece of petrified wood

Ranger-led Programs and Events

Get kids involved in ranger-led programs. These include guided hikes, slide programs, bird walks and guided explorations of various park features..

Note: You can request a ranger program for your group.

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Join our Junior Ranger Corps!

Stop by our visitor center to get your free Junior Ranger activity booklet, or you can become a Prince William Forest Park Junior Ranger by completing our online Junior Ranger booklet and mailing it in. Either way, when you're done all of your activities, you will get a certificate and junior ranger badge!

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Illustration of ink pad and stamp



Stop by our visitor center and ask for a letterboxing activity. We have two different courses that use poetry to guide you into the forest to find a stamp in a box. Even the youngest of visitors will enjoy an easy half-hour.

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Become a WebRanger!

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Last updated: February 27, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle, VA 22172


(703) 221-7181

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