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Prince William Forest Park


Located on the Fall Line that marks the transition from Coastal Plain to the rolling hills of the Piedmont, Prince William Forest Park is metropolitan Washington D.C.’s largest park. Over 17,000 acres of mature hardwood forest, interspersed with springs, fens, creeks, and ponds, provide habitat for woodland birds and other wildlife. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, and beaver can be found along the park’s 37 miles of trails. In winter, migratory waterfowl fill the ponds. In summer, the wood thrush and other breeding songbirds occur here in large concentrations. Neotropical migrants, particularly woodland warblers, abound during the spring and fall. A bird list, map, and other information are available at the visitor center.


Physical Address: 18170 Park Entrance Road, Triangle, VA 22172

From the Previous Site on the Prince William Loop of VBWT:

From Leesylvania State Park, return to US 1 South. Proceed 5.1 miles to Rt. 619/Joplin Road. Turn right and continue 0.8 miles to entrance on the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (703) 221-4706,
  • Website
  • Access: Fee ($7.00/ vehicle), Daily, sunrise to sunset; visitor center open daily 9:00am-5:00pm, but closed on major holidays

Birds Recently Seen at Prince William Forest Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Northern Parula
  • Scarlet Tanager

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Visitor/Nature Center
  • Bike Trails
  • Camping
  • Fee
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms