Know Before You Go

Quantico Creek in winter
Quantico Creek in winter


Parks across the country are adapting to the ever-changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the witner months approach, visitors should consider the following park closures, limitations, and helpful tips when planning their visit.

Visitors are encouraged to practice guidelines recommended by the CDC and state of Virginia, including wearing masks and social distancing, during their visit.

In the event of an emergency, call park law enforcement dispatch at 1-866-677-6677 or 911.

Park Closures and Limitations

The staff at Prince William Forest Park are evaluating park operations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change. A complete update on park operations and superintendent's orders can be found on the park operating status page. Visitors are encourage to visit that page and rewiew the park safety alerts prior to their visit. For the safety of park staff and visitors, the following closures and limitations will be in place December 18, 2020 - January 21, 2021:

The visitor center and park store are closed. Visitor center operations will not be available during the closure for the safety of staff and visitors. Park brochures and hiking trail maps are available to download from the website.

Gatherings are limited to a maximum of ten (10) people per group. The limitation is to be followed in all areas of the park including hiking trails, picnic areas, and group campgrounds. A “gathering” includes, but is not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors (consistent with Virginia Executive Order 72, dated December 11, 2020). Please note that gatherings of ten or more people who do not live in the same residence are strictly prohibited within the park.

Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground will remain open with a maximum of ten people per group. Sites can be reserved online at
U.S. Fee Area sign.
Entrance fees are required to enter and recreate within the park.

National Park Service

Entrance Fees and Passes

Entrance fees and valid 'America the Beautiful' passes or Prince William Forest Park annual passes are required to enter the park. Fees are required when entering the park by car, foot, bicycle, or motorcycle. Entrance fees are not included in campground rental fees and must be paid upon entry.

At this time, the visitor center is closed for the processing of entrance fees and the purchasing of passes. Entrance fees can be paid by using the Prince William Forest Park Fee Pay app. The app is free and available for download in the App Store and with Google Play. Prince William Forest Park annual passes can also be purchased via the app. 'America the Beautiful' passes are currently not available for purchase within the park but can be ordered on

Safety and Weather

Report any safety concerns to park law enforcement by calling 1-866-677-6677. In the event of an emergency, contact park law enforcement or call 911.

The park remains open during the winter months, including hiking trails. In the event of incliment weather, it is advised that visitors check the alerts page for any additional closures and safety advisories.

Plan to dress for winter weather and know your limits when going on a hike. Drink plenty of winter as it is important to stay hydrated even when it's cold outside. Please note that there is limited indoor shelter while the visitor center is closed.

Do not approach, feed, or harass wildlife. Wild animals will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Always maintain a safe distance from any animals that you see in the park.

For the safety of pets, visitors, and wildlife, all pets must be on a leash not exceeding six (6) feet at all times. Pets are not permited to walk off leash while in the park.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the park entrance?
The park entrance is located at 18170 Park Entrance Road off of Joplin Road in Triangle, VA (exit 150B on I-95). Other areas of access are restricted to authorized and emergency vehicles and personnel only.

Are masks required to be in the park?
Visitors are encouraged to practice all recommended guidelines put in place by the CDC and state of Virginia, including wearing a face mask.

Will the park provide me with a mask if I forget one?
Park staff cannot provide visitors with masks or other personal protection equipment. Please plan to bring a mask and any other safety materials that you may need for your visit.

Where can I park my car during my visit?
Designated parking areas are available throughout the park and are available on a first some, first served basis. Parking along the roads, including Scenic Drive, is prohibited. Visitors cannot leave their vehicles parked over night unless they have camping reservations.

I am a U.S. military veteran or a member of a Gold Star Family. How can I get into the park for free?
At this time, valid forms of identification will serve as admission fees for qualifying U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Family members.

Can I still purchase an 'America the Beauitufl' pass if the visitor center is closed?
At this time, passes are not available for purchase at the park visitor center but are available by visiting Prince William Forest Park annual passes can be purchased by using the Fee Pay app.

Last updated: January 3, 2021

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18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle, VA 22172


(703) 221-7181

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