Celebrate 2018 National Park Week in Prince William, VA

Celebrate 2018 National Park Week in Prince William, VA

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A visit to a National Park is the perfect remedy for spring fever. Did you know that Prince William, VA has two National Parks? Prince William Forest Park and Manassas Battlefield Park. During National Park Week, April 21-29, both parks will be featuring special programs and events. You’re invited to discover stories of history and culture, explore wild spaces and national landmarks, and experience new adventures.

Prince William Forest Park

18170 Park Entrance Rd
Triangle, VA 22172
(703) 221-7181


Prince William Forest Park Bridge

Prince William Forest Park opened originally in 1936 as Chopawamsic Recreation Area to house children’s relief camps during the Great Depression. Renamed in 1948, Prince William Forest Park has a fascinating history that can be explored at the Visitor Center and throughout the park.

Open year-round, hours vary depending on the season. The 15,000- park offers 37 miles of scenic hiking trails and 21 miles of bike-accessible roads and trails for active visitors to enjoy. Prefer to relax in the peaceful solitude of nature? Prince William Forest also offers 18 miles of streams and lakes open for fishing, a diverse animal population for wildlife-watching, and a wide range of open areas and covered pavilions for picnicking.

National Park Week Events at Prince William Forest Park:

Saturday April 21

  • Entrance Fee Free Day
    • Visitors can discover and enjoy Prince William Forest Park for free
  • National Junior Ranger Day
    • Complete special park activities to earn a badge and become a Junior Ranger
    • Event takes place from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Operation Clean Sweep
    • Volunteer to help clean and open the historic Civilian Conservation Corps cabins for the season
    • Event takes place from 9 am to 1 pm

Saturday April 28

  • Paws in the Park
    • Celebrate your dogs with a visit to the park from 10 am to 3 pm
    • Activities include dog demonstrations, information booths, local rescues, a "Dogs Got Talent" show, and a one-day-only off-leash dog park
    • $7 per vehicle fee

Manassas National Battlefield Park

6511 Sudley Rd
Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 361-1339

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Two major Civil War battles took place on Manassas National Battlefield’s 5,000-acre park. The Battle of First Manassas was fought on July 21, and was the first major battle between the Union and Confederate armies. The Second Battle of Manassas followed a year later In August 1862, when Union and Confederate forces would converge once again on the Manassas National Battlefields. The Confederate army would win both battles bolstering their campaign and resolve against the Union.

Much of the landscape within Manassas National Battlefield Park has been preserved to its Civil War-time character. Visitors can enjoy free access to the park year-round from sunrise to sunset. Activities include exploring the Visitor Center museum, attending a ranger-led walking tour, visiting historic Stone House (open seasonally), or taking a 20-mile self-guided driving tour.

Turn your National Park visit into a fun getaway by staying at one of our conveniently-located and affordable Prince William, VA hotels. 

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