Prince William Forest Park

Dumfries, Virginia

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Roughly 100 miles inland from Virginia’s coast, a geologic boundary called the fall line marks a change in the landscape. Here the sandy soil of Virginia’s coastal plain segues into the bedrock underlying the Piedmont. The effect is pronounced on rivers, where waterfalls and rapids form. Historically, these acted as barriers to ocean-faring vessels. Towns formed up and down the fall line to handle commerce between inland farmers and coastal traders. Prince William Forest Park, a small national park straddling the fall line in Prince William County, is tied to this history through the tobacco farmers and miners who used the nearby port town of Dumfries to ship their goods. Today the park still receives heavy use, but now hikers, cyclists, and nature lovers are drawn by the cascades, wildlife, rare plants, and historic ruins.
Hiking Virginia

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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Roughly 100 miles inland from Virginia’s coast, a geologic boundary called the fall line marks a change in the landscape. Here the sandy soil of Virginia’s coastal plain segues into the bedrock underlying the Piedmont. The effect is pronounced on rivers, where waterfalls and rapids form. Historically, these acted as barriers to ocean-faring vessels.

Towns formed up and down the fall line to handle commerce between inland farmers and coastal traders. Prince William Forest Park, a small national park straddling the fall line in Prince William County, is tied to this history through the tobacco farmers and miners who used the nearby port town of Dumfries to ship their goods. Today the park still receives heavy use, but now hikers, cyclists, and nature lovers are drawn by the cascades, wildlife, rare plants, and historic ruins.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Dumfries
Distance: 14.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Park open daily, sunrise to sunset
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Prince William Forest Park, 18100 Park Headquarters Rd., Triangle; (703) 221-7181 www.nps.gov/prwi
Local Maps: USGS Quantico, Joplin
Driving Directions: Directions to Prince William Forest Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2006
1

Friend and I did the "Beaver Loop" circuit hike listed in one of PATC's Washington, DC area circuit hike books. We both thoroughly enjoyed the hike. While mostly level, there were a few small hills. Trail was well blazed through the forest and along the creek. Deep in the middle of the hike there were a few spots where we had to crawl through thick vegetation and over fallen trees/bushes, but no big deal. I love trails that follow creeks as I enjoy the sound of running water. We did the 7.5 mile loop in about 3.25 hours.


6/26/2006
0

This trail was fantastic! It was so pleasant following the path and listening to the gentle sounds of the water. Loved it!



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