Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

I can’t believe it took us years and Covid to find this hidden gem. Thirty-seven miles of hiking trails nestled in 15,000 acres, and it’s less than an hour from Fredericksburg–not far from Quantico. The scenic drive is an easy way to quickly see what there is to offer. The streams are definitely a big draw. There’s also a large park for the kids to burn off some energy. With so much to offer, Prince William Forest Park has become a favorite hiking spot for us.

A large playground, with many features for kids, in the Pine Grove Picnic Area

During our first visit, my kids were interested in becoming junior rangers. The booklets are available at the visitors center. Be A Junior Ranger – Prince William Forest Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

Physical address: 18170 Park Entrance Road
Triangle, VA 22172

Directions: From Fredericksburg and 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.

Park Hours: Prince William Forest Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The visitor center is open from 9 to 5 from March 11th to November 3rd. The visitor center is open 8 to 4 from November 4th through March 10th. Winter closures of the visitor center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays begin November 12 through March 13. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Entrance Fees:  $20.00 which is valid for 7 consecutive days. No entrance fee is charged with a valid National Park Service pass.

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