Prince William Forest Park

Quantico, Virginia 22134

Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park Professional Review and Guide

"Prince William Forest Park is the largest forested region in the D.C. area. Its trails run along the north and south forks of the Quantico Creek and span the hilly terrain in between."

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"Even the founding of this woodland haven outside Washington, DC, is historic. Established as a demonstration work camp built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, Prince William Forest Park offers a chance to see the trails, camps, and buildings of the area, as well as explore a pyrite mine operated along Quantico Creek. Also, view some eye-pleasing cascades along the streams in addition to one of the largest preserved tracts of Piedmont forest in the Old Dominion.

The very establishment of Prince William Forest Park has a historic bent about it. In the 1930s, with the United States deep into economic woes, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted a taxpayer-sponsored work program known as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The program’s goals were to reduce unemployment and teach job skills. Young men enrolled in the CCC were chosen to develop parks throughout the United States. Some parks to be established were known as Recreational Demonstration Areas, designed to transform marginal farmland into recreation destinations."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4.5 to 5.0 hours
Spring to Fall
Prince William Forest Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Quantico and USGS: Joplin
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