Know Before You Go

Prince William Forest Park entrance sign
Prince William Forest Park is open daily but with modified operations.


Parks across the country are adapting to the ever-changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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:

The visitor center, and park store are open seven days a week, 9 am - 5 pm. Park brochures and hiking trail maps are available at the visitor center and online.

Indoor occupancy of any building is limited to 25% of building capacity per Executive Order issued January 20, 2021. Current occupancy limits are:
Visitor Center - 10 persons
Turkey Run Amphitheater - 250 persons.

Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Prince William Forest Park, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings.

U.S. Fee Area sign.
Entrance fees are required to enter and recreate within the park.

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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.

The visitor center and entrance station are open Friday through Sunday to process pass sales and entrance fees. Entrance fees can be also 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 can also be ordered on (additional processing fees apply).


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.

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 the weather and know your limits when going on a hike. Drink plenty of winter as it is important to stay hydrated. 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?
Masks are required to enter any federal building or facility including the visitor center and restrooms. Masks are also required on hiking trails and any other outdoor area where a social distance of six (6) feet cannot be maintained.

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.

Last updated: July 30, 2021

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18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle , VA 22172


703 221-7181

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