Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park is an oasis, a respite of quiet and calm.  In 1936, Chopawamsic Recreation Area opened its gates to house children's 'relief' camps during the Great Depression.  Renamed Prince William Forest Park in 1948, these fragrant woods and trickling streams have welcomed generations of campers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers.

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The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Camping/Cabin Seasons:
Cabin Camping is for large groups is available in Cabin Camp 5 year round.  All other cabins and cabin camps are closed from April to October.

Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground is open all year around.  Oak Ridge Campground (tents and RVs), Chopawamsic Backcountry Area is closed from December 1st, 2013 to February 28, 2014.

Visitor Center:   March 1 to October 31 - Everyday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. November 1 to February 28 - Everyday 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


Entrance Fees:

$7.00 per vehicle, 7 consecutive days
$5.00 per person walk-in, bike in or per motor cycle (also 7 days)
$30.00 Annual Pass, provides entry for pass holder and occupants of a single personal vehicle (capacity of 14 passengers or less).

There are various fees for cabin camping, please visit the Cabin Camping page or call 703-221-5843 for specific fee information.


Hiking: With 37 miles of hiking trails, Prince William Forest Park has the most extensive hiking trail network in Northern Virginia. Where else can you hike an 18 mile loop and get back to Washington, DC for dinner? Whether its a short 1/2 mile loop or a 2 day excursion, Prince William Forest Park has something for everyone.

On and Off-Road Biking: The 12 mile Scenic Drive is ready for you to enjoy! With relatively little traffic, and a 25 mph speed limit in most places, the Scenic Drive is a popular biking spot for many people in Northern Virginia. If testing your speed and stamina isn't your thing, you can start out on our bike line which is located at Parking Lot 'D.' The bike lane continues for 3 miles to Oak Ridge Campground Road and is a great place for beginning bikers and experts a like. If off-road biking is more your speed, you can enjoy biking on the park fire roads.

Cabins & Camping: It's time to pull everyone away from the TV and have some good ole' fashioned family fun by the campfire! Our camping options vary from no frills backcountry camping to rustic cabins in the woods complete with lights and ceiling fans. Perhaps RVing is more your speed?

Special Events & Ranger-led Programs: Each year, Prince William Forest Park and our park partners put on a special events that your family will love. Whether it is our Heritage Festival in fall, Paws in the Park in the spring, or our volunteer days throughout the year, there is always something in the works for your family to enjoy.

Orienteering: Did you know that Prince William Forest Park has hosted the International Orienteering Championships? The 60 point orienteering course created here in the 1970s is one of the most extensive in Northern Virginia. You can pick up the maps and extra compasses free of charge at the park visitor center.


Cabins, hiking trails, visitor center


While not all facilities are fully accessible, park rangers are happy to assist any visitor with special needs.

The visitor center has reserved parking and is accessible by ramp. The restrooms, exhibit area, bookstore, information desk and drinking fountain are fully wheelchair-accessible.

Oak Ridge Campground, numerous campsites and the restroom located at the B-loop is wheelchair-accessible (complete with shower facilities). The amphitheater is wheelchair-accessible. Rangers present evening slide programs frequently in spring, summer and fall.

Turkey Run Ridge Campground, the restroom, campsites and parking areas are wheelchair-accessible. Cabin Camp 1, numerous buildings are wheelchair-accessible.

The Golden Access Passport is a free lifetime entrance permit to all federal parks, monuments and recreation areas. It also provides a 50% reduction of camping fees (not including concessionaires). The Golden Access Passport is issued to United States residents who have a permanent disability. Inquire at the park visitor center or entrance station.


Discover the 8,000 years of human history protected within Prince William Forest Park.


Last updated: August 23, 2017
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