Prince William Forest Park

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Prince William Forest Park
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EFW2014
Woolwich, ME936 contributions
Fossils in the visitors center
Sep 2021 • Couples
The visitors center was nice, we bought our America Beautiful pass at the front desk.

There’s a small museum inside with some fossils and stuff found inside the park.
Written September 5, 2021
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,423 contributions
Trails galore
Jun 2021
Prince William Forest Park is a great place to enjoy a picnic, go for a walk in the woods (there are many different trails), sit by some body of water (streams, a little bog) and watch the animals (frogs, turtles, birds), or go for a bike ride (on paved road).

The $10 (?) entry fee is valid for a week, and you can definitely go here more than once and enjoy a different activity, or just a different part of the park, as it's pretty big.

In addition to the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees, we also saw a deer--though I guess that's not hard to do in northern VA.
Written July 19, 2021
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Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States649 contributions
Prince William Forest Park
Jun 2021
Prince William Forest Park is located just off I-95 in Virginia. It's easily accessible, but has a quiet, remote feel.

The word "forest" in the park's name is apt. The entire park is wooded. Although there is a "scenic drive" which does a loop of the park, there are no vistas. Everything is in the trees. The park has many hiking trails, as well as several unpaved roads which are open to bicycling. It also has a few cabins and campgrounds. I only spent about an hour in the park, but it would be a good place to get away for a weekend of camping.

I drove the park loop road, stopping at a few sites. I took a few short walks through the woods, to the picturesque, serene Quantico Creek. I also stopped at Carter's Pond, which was perhaps the noisiest site in the park. This was not because of traffic or people, but rather the plethora of frogs that live in the pond!

Overall, Prince William Forest Park is quiet, peaceful, and secluded. I didn't see many other people there at all. It's a good place to get away and take a walk in the woods.
Written July 4, 2021
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paxa
Washington DC, DC6,193 contributions
Easy hiking but very buggy
Oct 2020
First time visiting this park. Didn't have a lot of expectations as from all I've heard it's not particularly scenic. We drove the scenic loop which doesn't have any view points or overlooks, just trees lining the road, pretty enough when backlit by sunlight. Tried a couple of trails - the Oak Ridge trail is narrow and doesn't seem to have been maintained for some time so quite messy, overgrown and muddy in parts. When I checked online it seemed to be a loop but looking at the map at the trailhead (from the Oak Ridge Campground) couldn't quite figure out how it would work, especially when trail markings were not very clear either. It was also extremely buggy - so maybe better visiting in colder weather. On the way out we stopped at the High Meadows trailhead and walked a bit on that trail which was a lot better than Oak Ridge in that it's much wider - two can walk side by side - better maintained and less buggy. The one on the side of the parking area more interesting with some mild elevation variation.

The one thing that made our day, however, was the sighting of an albino squirrel right by the Oak Ridge trailhead. That was really cool. Definitely not something you'd see everyday anywhere!

Rating is 3.5 for trails and 5 for rare wildlife.
Written October 4, 2020
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Hatzlacha
Virginia763 contributions
Fantastic NPS activity site
Jul 2020
I was really impressed by how much you can do outdoors here in a relatively small area. We visited on a weekend and were greeted with lots of bicycle riders parking at the entrance / visitor center area. There's a quick path there to hike which isn't so strenuous, but is a little crowded. If you head towards the back of the park there are far less people and thus more time in nature for longer, slightly harder hikes. Lots of dedicated camping sites as well with (what looked from a distance) as great accessory facilities, making this a good test ground for new campers or just an escape for city folks. Great place for many return visits!
Written July 29, 2020
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Brandon Gerding
Lima, OH964 contributions
Great hike
Jul 2019 • Friends
Me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed hiking here. It was crazy how it is in the middle of the chaos of the area but so secluded. You can escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding cities. But on occasion you are reminded you are in a busy area when you hear jets flying overhead. Absolutely loved hiking the trails was a great escape for a day.
Written June 23, 2020
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3841C
Milan, Italy177 contributions
Delightful campground in an oasis of peace
Apr 2019
We spent some days there as a base to visit Washington DC, a perfect way to avoid crowded hotels, coming back to this green peaceful forest at the end of the day. The pitches were huge and tidy. Besides us, there were only a couple of small groups of campers, so we feared most of the toilet blocks could be closed. Instead, we had a great surprise: the restrooms were luxurious, like the one of a hotel, sparkling clean and new, with toilet paper and soap and big shower rooms with free hot water. We didn't really expect so much in the middle of the forest. Note: this place has no reception, shops, restaurant or games room, it's not a holiday village, but if you're looking for a quiet place to enjoy nature and take some one-day trips around DC it's simply perfect.
Written January 5, 2020
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Fred Boyd
San Clemente, CA585 contributions
Loved it
Oct 2019 • Solo
This is a drop dead beautiful place. I went for a short hike and really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and as a bonus the leaves had changed color. If you have a spare few hours and are in the area this is a wonderful place.
Written October 27, 2019
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Steve S
22 contributions
Great place to get away
May 2019
An easy drive from Washington, DC, a great place to enjoy trees, streams, and easy trails. Campground is well maintained and clean. This is our National Parks Service at its finest!
Written June 30, 2019
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John B
Norristown, PA224 contributions
First Visit and Not the Last
Jun 2019 • Solo
I went here for the first time and I should add I am not from Virginia. I have visited northern Virginia the past few years and I saw this park each time and wanted to go here because of the great reviews I had seen. This was a great park. It was beautiful and well marked. There were so many trails to walk, so you have plenty of options. I enjoyed my first visit a lot and will come back again.
Written June 23, 2019
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