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Pyrite Mine Loop - Prince William Forest Park

Ruins, waterfalls, deers + much more!
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.6 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Come explore the Pyrite mine ruins!

..and catch some terrific waterfalls, wildlife, and a good hike.

Not for hiking? Put on the... more »

Tips: 


  • pack a lunch to have at the waterfall area halfway on the rocks
  • bring bugspray and a hiking stick, if rain recently then its muddy
  • bathing suit and tubing!

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Points of Interest

1. parking lot by picnic area

trailhead begins at circle of parking lot at picnic area.

stop in the ranger station for a trailmap!

2. trailview

trailview in april after a fresh rain!

the trails are in great condition, however after a rain there are steep sections of mud, suggest a hiking stick.

3. stream bridge

cross the bridge and goto the right to do this one counter clockwise.

(the pyrite mine is on the right)

4. small bridges

more small bridges

5. great water views and swimming

great water views, and yes you can go tubing or swimming here!

the stream is very slow

6. bridge

big bridge over the stream

7. a little steeper here

a little steeper here, for small kids a muddy trail is bad.

so bring hiking sticks.

8. flat high road

flat high road before you reach the boardwalk area overlooking pyrite mine on the left

9. boardwalk area overlooking pyrite mine

boardwalk area overlooking pyrite mine

you can continue on boardwalk here and meet up with the GPS track at the next bridge that crosses over the water (1/4 mile)

or you can follow the GPS tracks OVER the stream starting at the pyrite mine information sign on the boardwalk. IT GETS MUDDY crossing the river!! The marsh area on the other side is... More

10. pyrite mine information sign and stream crossing

boardwalk area overlooking pyrite mine

you can continue on boardwalk here and meet up with the GPS track at the next bridge that crosses over the water (1/4 mile)

or you can follow the GPS tracks OVER the stream starting at the pyrite mine information sign on the boardwalk. IT GETS MUDDY crossing the river!! The marsh area on the other side is... More

11. Pyrite mine piling and overlook

ok so you have crossed the stream and gone up the hill to the square looking rock on top.

thats the piling! youll see two anchor bolts in the top of it.

great place to take a panoramic picure here.

this whole area had the flumes of the mining operation covering the river (now open fields)

12. steep area through the woods

if not traveling on the boardwalk route, follow the river on this side of it through the forest and youll meet up at the bridge down the river.

You really dont have to follow the GPS data at this point, any line through it will do, and its not dense forest.

There are several broken paths through at this point for service reasons.

be careful of... More

13. bridge meets boardwalk and GPS route

meetup at the bridge both the boardwalk and the GPS route.

Take the trail to the right, but 1st checkout the ruins at the bridgehead.

14. more ruins of the pyrite mine

more ruins here of the pyrite mine

15. waterfalls

great waterfalls here!

very muddy going down to them near the small bridge crossing.

16. deer crossing!

this is a very common area for deers.

3 crossed right in front of me so fast, they almost ran me over!!!

you will see a natural ridgeline where the deers cross on your left.

I know they cross here everyday going to the watersource on the right.

dont get run over!

i was not fast enough with the camera.

17. beavers

lookout for beavers!

18. a little steep stretch then flat

gets a little steeper here, we head back into the brush

19. road crossing

small forest road crossing

turn left on the road (counter clockwise loop) and go down until you see the trail on the right.

20. flat again

flat again, check for beavers on the tributary

21. more beavers

watch for more beavers on the tributary that runs through here!

22. turn left on the road

turn left on the road, keep going past the ranger station until you see the road crossing markings (in white) thats where the next trail junction is.

23. trail junction for turkey run

trail junction for turkey run

turn left here at the crosswalk ( in white on road )

24. road crossing

road crossing

25. trail views - small waterfall

trail views and small waterfall

26. bridge

bridge