Hydration is important any time of year when recreating in the park. Please bring a water bottle with you to the park. The park offers a water bottle refilling station at the Visitor Center and several drinking fountains throughout the park.
Road or off road biking is allowed in the park on designated gravel roads.The park offers 12 miles of paved road for biking along Scenic Drive. This loop is perfect for those avid road bikers who are looking for hills, curves, and less traffic. Along Scenic Drive starting at Parking Lot D to Oak Ridge Road is a flat 3 mile section of road great for families or those bikers looking for an easy bike ride. This bike path is to be used by foot and bike traffic only no motor vehicle traffic. Stop by the visitor center for maps and information on biking trails and loops in the park.
Before going on Scenic Drive or gravel roads make sure your bike is ready to ride. You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly. Always wear a properly fitting helmet. Choose the right time of day to ride. Early morning or late evening wildlife can be found along Scenic Drive. Use caution if this is the time of day you choose to ride. Avoid road hazards such as tree branches, leaves, pot holes, and loose rocks.
Prince William Forest Park is home to a diverse group of wild animals, including deer, fox, coyote, squirrel, raccoon, black bear, birds, and snakes. Below are some animals to be cautious of. Please, report any strange behavior of live or dead animals to park staff.We gather data from these reports as we cannot be everywhere in the park at once. Do not touch dead animals or engage animals that may approach you. Do not touch or feed wildlife! Animals that seem overly "friendly" may be sick and disoriented. Contact park staff if you feel the animal may be a hazard.
Ticks found in the park: brown dog, American dog, blacklegged, and lone star ticks. Most ticks must be attached for 24 hours or more before disease is transmitted. Make sure to check yourself and seek medical attention if you develop symptoms of Lyme disease. 70-80% of infected people develop a reddish "bulls-eye" or an expanding red ring around the bite site and flu-like symptoms.
If bitten, clean and
Black Widow Spider
Brown Recluse Spider
For emergencies dial 911
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
To learn more about wildlife and outdoor hazards, visit this site.
Last updated: December 15, 2018