Prince William Forest Park

Dumfries, Virginia 22025

Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Down here in Prince William county lies a relatively large park, preserved as one of the few remaining piedmont forest ecosystems in the National Park Service. Within its 18,000 acres are 35 miles of hiking trails, hundreds of acres open to primitive camping, a scenic paved road looping through the park (incidentally named Scenic Drive), and a plethora of wildlife and plant life for city folks to enjoy

Four miles of the Scenic Drive has a dedicated bike lane providing a paved, relatively flat surface ideal for beginning bicyclists. More experienced cyclists with mountain bikes have the option of off-road biking on any of the ten fire roads in the park."

Prince William Forest Park Trip Reports

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We took the North Orenda Fire Road first. My son got tired due to the incline but stuck it out. We did not pick up on the cue that we could have crossed the South Fork of the Quantico Creek and continued on the South Orenda Road as there were no obvious markings or signage connecting the roads despite it being shown on the Park Map. Persevere, follow a foot path across the creek, and I think it will enhance this particular trail experience.

The Pyrite Mine Road was more exciting. We took the road to the end then walked the bikes Northwest along the Quantico Creek past the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine. The changes in terrain and the views are very much worth the bike/hike combination. In addition, by walking the bikes on the hiking trails as we did, then looping back around to the Pyrite Mine Road, we broke up the normal monotony of this a non-loop road trail.

We plan to return to the Prince William Forest Park to ride more trails. The terrain and forests are absolutely breath taking at the Park. Richard Z.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
1 to 2 hours
Open daily from dawn to dusk. Registered campers and cabin campers have access 24 hours.
Prince William Forest Park
Local Contacts
USGS Joplin; ADC map: Prince William County road map
Local Maps

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