Operating Status

Park Operating Status:

March 1, 2021

Outdoor group gatherings are limited to 25 people per group. The maximum also applies to group campsites at Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground and Turkey Run Amphitheater.

Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. In-person gatherings of more than 25 individuals who do not live in the same residence are prohibited in the park. 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 Third Amended, dated February 24, 2021).

Masks continue to be required inside all buildings and facilities, as well as outdoors and on trails when social distancing cannot be maintained.

The Visitor Center will continue to be closed Monday - Thursday through April 1, 2021. Telegraph Picnic Area will remain open and accessible until further notice.

February 2, 2021

Face masks are required to be worn by employees, visitors, partners, and contractors while inside federal buildings and facilities including the visitor center, restrooms, picnic pavilions, and administrative buildings. Face masks are required when social distancing is not possible while outdoors, including while on busy or narrow trails or when there is a group that extends beyond members of a single household. This requirement has been implemented by the National Park Service in support of the President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.

January 21, 2021

The Visitor Center closure is extended to 2/11/2021.

All other closures remain in effect based on local, state, and federal health guidelines.

December 18, 2020

The following closures and limitations will be in place in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19:

The visitor center will be closed December 18, 2020 - January 21, 2021. Park entrance fees can be paid by using the Prince William Forest Park Fee Pay app (free to download). 'America the Beautiful' passes are available to purchase on USGS.gov.

Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground will remain open with a maximum occupancy of 10 people per group. Maximum occupancy of the Turkey Run Amphitheater is 10 people.

Telegraph Picnic Area, normally closed for the winter season, will remain open and accessible to the public until further notice. In-person gathering limitations are to be followed.

In-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals who do not live in the same residence are prohibited in the park. 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).

December 1, 2020

Oak Ridge Campground, Chopawamsic Backcountry area, and Cabin Camps (except Cabin Camp 5) are closed for the season. This is normal operations and not related to COVID 19 mitigations.

Turkey Run Ridge Group campground and restrooms remain open.

Comfort stations at Pine Grove Picnic and Visitor Center areas will remain open and operate as normal.

Telegraph Picnic area will remain open for use and additional parking.

November 25, 2020

Effective November 25, 2020 - All 40 person sites in Turkey Run Group Campground will be limited to 25 person for each site. Cost for the sites will be reduced in recreation.gov to reflect the 25 person price.

NOTE: all activities conducted in the park should meet the 25 person limit and follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. Any special use requests will need to show plans to meet this limit before approval.

November 13, 2020

Effective November 13, 2020 - Cabin Camp 5 will be available for group rentals. Please visit Recreation.gov for information about rentals.

October 1, 2020

Updates to Visitor Center operations:
Effective October 2, 2020 - the Visitor Center will reopen with limited operations. The bookstore and fee information desk will be open. The exhibit area will remain closed in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Visitor Center will remain open Friday-Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm through October 31. Visitors are asked to follow CDC guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing indoors.

Effective November 1, 2020 - Visitor Center hours will be Friday-Sunday, 8 am - 4 pm.

Updates to Cabin Camping operations:
Effective October 2, 2020 - Cabin Camp 4 will reopen for reservations and use. Reservations must be made by visiting Recreation.gov.

July 3, 2020

The following facilities will reopen beginning July 3, 2020:
• Visitor center will be open Friday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm
• Visitor center comfort station
• Cabin Camp 3 C unit
• Oak Ridge Campground C Loop (opens July 1st)
• Turkey Run Group Campground (opens July 1st)
• Chopawamsic Backcountry Area will reopen to overnight camping

Oak Ridge and Turkey Run campground, and cabin camp 3 individual rental areas must be reserved online through Recreation.gov.

Chopawamsic Backcountry Area is only accessible by obtaining a park-issued permit. The following days and times apply to day use and overnight camping. Permits will be issued day-of on a first come, first served basis as follows:

  • Visitors who wish to obtain a permit on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday should email us at prwi_info@nps.gov in advance to arrange a time to complete the permit process at the visitor center. Permits issued Monday-Thursday can only be picked up between the hours of 8 am - 4 pm. Emails will be answered in the order they are received. It is recommended for visitors to coordinate in advance for any weekday arrival for Chopawamsic use.
  • Permits beginning on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday can be obtained at the Visitor Center between the hours of 9 am - 5 pm. Email notification is not required on days when the Visitor Center is open.

Please note that backcountry permits cannot be reserved in advance and are not available through Recreation.gov.

June 10, 2020

Prince William Park is beginning to increase recreational access to park grounds.

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the park is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

June 10, 2020, open access to:

  • Vehicle access and parking areas

  • Comfort stations at Turkey Run Ridge and Visitor Center areas

  • Telegraph picnic pavilion and comfort station

  • Oak Ridge Campground for camping, with modified services (Loops A and B only). Reservations must be made online through Recreation.gov.

  • Cabin Camp 3 individual unit rentals. Available for rent Friday-Sunday (three-night minimum rental) for the A and B units only. Reservations must be made online through Recreation.gov.

The Chopawamsic Backcountry area will continue to be available for day use 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. No overnight camping is permitted.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

With public health in mind, the following facilities will remain closed at this time:

  • Group Cabin Camps

  • Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground

  • Loop C at Oak Ridge Campground

  • Visitor Center

  • Playground at Pine Grove area

Updates will be made available as the above facilities reopen for visitor use.

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fees Resume June 10, 2020
With access and services opening, the park will resume collecting entrance fees. An entrance fee is required to enter the park. Entrance fees can be paid at the entrance station on Joplin Road or on the Prince William Forest Park Fee Pay app (available for free on Apple and Google Play).

Entrance fees can be paid by credit card, cash, and by presenting a valid ‘America the Beautiful’ annual or lifetime pass or Prince William Forest Park annual pass. In order to limit health risks, payments made via credit card, Fee Pay app, and passes are preferred.

Visitors who choose to park off-site and walk/bike into the park will still be required to pay an individual entrance fee in order to enter the park regardless of area of entry.

Entrance fees help to maintain visitor services and facilities that were temporarily closed in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Accessing the Park:

On-site parking is available on a first come, first served basis upon arrival to the park. Paying an entrance fee via the Fee Pay app ahead of your visit will not guarantee parking. Parking is limited and the park may close to vehicle traffic if parking capacity is reached.

Parking or accessing the park from Mawavi Rd and Joplin Rd is prohibited.

Bicycles are not permitted on hiking trails.

Do not enter areas that are marked “do not enter” or “Restricted Area Permit Required.”

  • Cabin Camp areas are a permit area and are closed to all traffic, including bicycles and pedestrians. A valid permit is required to enter all Cabin Camp areas. Refer to the map of closed areas.

  • Areas of the park remain closed for safety.


Plan Your Visit

Park maps are available at the entrance station and outside the visitor center. The map is also available to download.

As you plan your visit to the park, please keep the following safety and Leave No Trace principles in mind:

  • Review and follow all safety messaging
  • Know where you can go – some areas of the park are closed for safety
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of water
  • Respect wildlife – do not approach or attempt to feed
  • Take all trash out with you and properly dispose of waste
  • Always keep pets on a leash
  • Be considerate of others

Visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidance for protecting yourself, your family, and your community from the spread of COVID-19. For current information about the disease and how to protect yourself, please visit the NPS Public Health Update.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. Prince William Forest Park will examine each facility function and visitor service to ensure they comply with current public health guidance. Staff will continue to monitor those functions and services and work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.


Record of Determination:

3/1/2021 - Closure Order #20-005 Amendment 2 signed document

1/21/2021 - Closure Order #20-005 Amendment 1 signed document

12/17/2020 - Closure Order #20-005 Closures, Restrictions, and Public Use Limits. signed document

11/25/2020 - Closure Order #20-004 Public use limit determination for Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground. signed document

7/1/2020 - Closure Order #20-003. Closures, restrictions and public use limit. signed document

3/20/2020 - Record of Determination to temporarily convert Chopawamsic Backcountry to a Day Use Only facility. signed document

5/15/2020 - Record of Determination temporarily suspending all events and demonstrations in the park. signed document

4/10/2020 - Record of Determination Park Closure. signed document

6/8/2020 - Record of Determination for Public Use Limitation to Prevent Spread of COVID-19. signed document

6/9/2020 - Record of Determination for Limited Park Closures. signed document

6/23/2020 - Record of Determination for Limited Special Use. signed document


Additional Information:

For specific questions not listed on this page call the park at 703-221-7181 hours of operation 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Last updated: March 1, 2021

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18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle, VA 22172


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