Prince William Forest Park is a fantastic location for camping, hiking, and even meeting friends at the playground! There are several entrances to the Park, including a few from route 234 in Dumfries and off route 619 past Independent Hill going to Triangle. The main entrance to the park, which I recommend you use, is the one you reach by taking exit 150B off I-95. When you enter the park, there is a ranger station, but it may or may not be manned. If there’s no ranger, head straight down the road and you’ll arrive at an information area where you can pay your $5. Admission is good for seven consecutive days, so it’s a pretty awesome deal, when you think about it that way!
|Visitors Center and Welcome Station
Looping back towards the entrance, on the right hand side there is parking and a large playground with an open field. The play area is partially shaded, but the field gets some fairly direct sunlight. With all the trees around, you’ll definitely want to do a tick check when you get home.
|Playground area with slides, climbing wall, playhouse and more
Across the street from the playground, there is a hike entrance. I want to say the blazes are green, but I am not positive, so please don’t quote me on that. The hike is paved with shredded plastic (similar or the same to a rubber track type of feel). It would be very stroller friendly, if you’re looking to hike with a baby!
The hike winds you past a creek, and there are lots of signs explaining the flora and fauna, which is helpful since my kids always want to know what each individual leaf is and Google is so sick of me asking about “4 tipped leaves on flat bark trees in Virginia” that they’re considering cutting me off. I don’t have to search in an encyclopedia, but I can’t stay here…you know how it goes 😉