Prince William Forest Park

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Prince William Forest Park was established as Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area in 1936 and is located in southeastern Prince William County, Virginia, adjacent to the Marine Corps Base Quantico. The park is the largest protected natural area in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region at over . 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.

The park serves as the largest example of Eastern Piedmont forest in the National Park System (arguably, one of the most heavily altered ecosystems in North America). The park also protects the Quantico Creek watershed. It is a sanctuary for numerous native plant and animal species.

Recreational opportunities

A variety of recreational opportunities are available, which include:

  • Wildlife viewing
  • 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.
  • 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.


Cultural resources

The park’s cultural resources are also varied. They include:


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