Prince William Forest Park

This page has some basic info about the Prince William Forest Park. What a great National Park only 35 miles or so south of DC! But, if you want to read about my latest visit there, check out trip to prince william forest park.

Location: Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Nearest city: Dumfries, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°35'07"N 77°22'47"W
Area: 19,377 acres (7,842 ha)
Established: November 14, 1936
Visitors: 209,312 (in 2006)
Governing body: National Park Service

Direction to Prince William Forest Park

Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport are approximately 45 minutes drive-time from Prince William Forest Park. Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Richmond International Airport are 90 minutes away.

From Washington, D.C.:
Take I-95 south to exit 150-B (VA Route 619/Joplin Road). The park entrance is the second right.

From points south:
Take I-95 north to exit 150 (VA Route 619/Joplin Road). Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and continue on VA Route 619 West approximately 1/4 mile to the park entrance.

From Manassas, VA and points west:
Take Route 234 east to I-95 south. Travel one exit to exit 150-B (VA Route 619/Joplin Road). The park entrance is the second right.

Approximate driving times:
From Washington, D.C. - 45 minutes; from Fredericksburg, VA - 20 minutes; from Manassas, VA - 20 minutes. (Please note that these are actual drive times and do not consider traffic conditions.)

Greyhound bus service is available to Route 1 in Triangle, Virginia (approximatley 1.5 miles from the park entrance).

Public Transportation
Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express rail services are available in nearby Quantico, Virginia (approximately 5 miles from the park entrance.)

Prince William Forest Park Map & Directions (click on marker for your personalized directions)

About Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park was established as Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area in 1936 and is located in southeastern Prince William County, Virginia.

he park is the largest protected natural area in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region at over 15,000 acres (6,100 ha). Today, the park is a window into the past and serves as an example of what much of the East Coast once looked like centuries ago.

Recreational opportunities

A variety of recreational opportunities are available, which include:

  • Wildlife viewing
  • 37 miles (60 km) of hiking trails. Most of these trails either go to a historical/cultural destination such as Pyrite Mine or follow Quantico Creek with views of its small waterfalls.
  • 21 miles (34 km) of bicycle accessible roads and trails.
  • Several tent camping options, including family, group and backcountry camping are available as well as rustic cabin camping, and a full-service, concessionaire-operated RV campground, are available.

If you have any comment or suggestion
Write to
18100 Park Headquarters Road
Virginia 22172-1644.
E-mail: National Park Service

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