Prince William Forest Park

Triangle, Virginia 22172

Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park Professional Review and Guide

"Prince William Forest Park was one of forty-six recreation demonstration projects dating to the Great Depression of the 7930s that restored land considered unprofitable for farming."

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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."

"This is a simple, 13-mile ride that’s great for getting into shape for longer rides. It includes a 6-mile loop you can ride a few times for a longer workout. You can even switch modes by bringing mountain bikes to ride the 20 miles of fire roads through the dense forest of this unusual national park.

Before setting out, keep in mind that a few of the fire roads are closed to bikes. Check with the ranger before revving up the stump-jumper. He or she will give you a map showing approved routes. When this was written, routes not recommended for biking included the North Orenda Road and Old Pyrite Road. A park spokesperson also warned bikers against riding on the 35 miles of hiking trails. “Our rangers are ready to nab ’em,” she said. There’s excellent camping (both tents and trailer hook-ups) should you wish to stay over to spend a second day hiking."

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7/25/2009
this was my first trial ride and i was very dissapointed. first thing is that i have a mountain bike and all they had was fire trials which you couldnt leave. since it was my first time on a park trail, i ACCIDENTLY went down a hiking trial which was the terrain i was looking for. if you have a road bike then it would have been for you
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8/1/2006
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.
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6/26/2006
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

Triangle
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
15.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 to 6 hours
Duration
May and June
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
USGS 7.5 minute series: Quantico, VA/MD
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