Prince William Forest Park

Dumfries, Virginia 22025

Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Prince William Forest Park Reviews

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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.
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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Park open daily, sunrise to sunset
Prince William Forest Park, 18100 Park Headquarters Rd., Triangle; (703) 221-7181
Local Contacts
USGS Quantico, Joplin
Local Maps

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Jul 2018