Shape the future of outdoor recreation at Prince William Forest Park

Public invited to comment on plan to improve trail systems and expand trail use.

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2019
Contact: Chris Alford, chris_alford@nps.gov, 703-221-7183  OR
Katie Liming, katelyn_liming@nps.gov, 202-619-7156

TRIANGLE, Va. — The National Park Service (NPS) wants to hear from you about its proposed plan to improve trail systems and expand trail use at Prince William Forest Park.

With more than 360,000 annual visitors, Prince William Forest Park is an increasingly popular destination for hiking, biking, camping and other activities in the Greater Washington area. The NPS has proposed a plan to improve the park’s trail systems, while continuing to protect park resources including wildlife, plants, streams and archaeological sites.

Under the proposed plan the NPS would make the following improvements at Prince William Forest Park:

  • Create approximately 13 miles of new trails.
  • Adjust the routes of more than 29 miles of existing trails to improve trail connectivity and to protect streams, plants and archaeological sites.  
  • Create more than four miles of new trails that are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Increase the number of trail routes suitable for horseback riding and/or mountain biking.
  • Improve connections with local and regional trail systems beyond the park.
  • Expand parking at trailheads to provide better trail access on the northern and eastern edges of the park.

Public participation is vital to the planning process. The National Park Service developed the proposed Comprehensive Trails Plan and Environmental Assessment with the help of public input received in spring 2018. The public is invited to comment on this proposed plan from March 18, 2019 to April 18, 2019. To provide comments online or get additional information, please visit the NPS planning website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/prwitrailplan.

If you prefer to mail your comments, make sure they are postmarked by April 18, 2019 to receive consideration. Mail comments to the following address:

Superintendent
Attn: PRWI Trail Plan
National Park Service
Prince William Forest Park
18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle, VA 22172

Please note: Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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About Prince William Forest ParkLocated in Prince William and Stafford counties, Virginia, Prince William Forest Park is the largest protected natural area in the NPS National Capital Region. The park contains approximately 40 miles of public trails and protects more than 14,500 acres of Eastern Piedmont forest and much of the Quantico Creek watershed. In this wooded oasis along Virginia’s I-95 corridor, visitors can explore nature and history from the park’s 8-mile Scenic Drive, trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and five rustic cabin camps. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/prwi and Facebook @prwinps.  

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