Prince William Forest Park, Triangle

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Prince William Forest Park was established as Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area in 1936. Its location is in Triangle, Virginia, adjacent to the Marine Corps Base Quantico. The park is the largest protected natural area in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region at over 16,000 acres (6,500 ha). Today, the park is a window into the past and serves as an example of what much of the East Coast once looked like centuries ago.

The park serves as the largest example of Eastern Piedmont forest in the National Park System (arguably, one of the most heavily altered ecosystems in North America). The park also protects the Quantico Creek watershed. It is a sanctuary for numerous native plant and animal species.
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  • I was really impressed by how much you can do outdoors here in a relatively small area. We visited on a weekend and were greeted with lots of bicycle riders parking at the entrance / visitor center.....  more »
  • Me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed hiking here. It was crazy how it is in the middle of the chaos of the area but so secluded. You can escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding cities. But.....  more »
  • My wife and I came to the park on a Saturday after shopping to eat our lunch, get some air, and distraction from everyday life. This park is not any different, other than in terms of its size (it’s bigger), than any other park in Greater Washington area. Same dull nature, rotten leaves, logs, etc. however, they make you pay $15 at the entrance even if you are Virginia resident. I don’t know what they are charging money for, it’s not even well-maintained, with too much debris on trails. I understand that people who have never seen any real nature would think that this is a “beautiful park”. If I did not have to pay for entrance, I would give it a 3 star review, at the most.
  • Prince William Forest Park is a fantastic place for outdoor activities and suitable for everyone of every age. We have an annual camping trip with a friend of ours, and enjoy cooking on the campfire and going on hikes. You can also bike, RV camp, and learn about the park's history at the visitor center. In its past incarnations, it was the location of a spy camp, Indian territory, farmland, graveyard, civil war area, residences for the poor, etc. My favourite is its tradition as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps projects. There are easy to difficult trails and being in this National Park is time well worth spending. You feel refreshed and at peace - that frame of mind and a sense of well-being are great reasons for heading to Prince William Forest Park.

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