Prince William Forest Park

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Prince William Forest Park
North valley trail pwfp.jpg
Quantico Creek in Prince William Forest Park
Map showing the location of Prince William Forest Park
Map showing the location of Prince William Forest Park
LocationPrince William County, Virginia, USA
Nearest cityDumfries, VA
Coordinates38°35′07″N 77°22′47″W / 38.58528°N 77.37972°W / 38.58528; -77.37972Coordinates: 38°35′07″N 77°22′47″W / 38.58528°N 77.37972°W / 38.58528; -77.37972
Area16,084 acres (6,509 ha)
EstablishedNovember 14, 1936
Visitors379,535[1] (in 2011)
Governing bodyNational Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/prwi/
 
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Prince William Forest Park
North valley trail pwfp.jpg
Quantico Creek in Prince William Forest Park
Map showing the location of Prince William Forest Park
Map showing the location of Prince William Forest Park
LocationPrince William County, Virginia, USA
Nearest cityDumfries, VA
Coordinates38°35′07″N 77°22′47″W / 38.58528°N 77.37972°W / 38.58528; -77.37972Coordinates: 38°35′07″N 77°22′47″W / 38.58528°N 77.37972°W / 38.58528; -77.37972
Area16,084 acres (6,509 ha)
EstablishedNovember 14, 1936
Visitors379,535[1] (in 2011)
Governing bodyNational Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/prwi/
The North Fork of Quantico Creek, from the North Valley trail
Map of Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park was established as Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area in 1936 and is located in southeastern Prince William County, Virginia,[2] adjacent to the Marine Corps Base Quantico. The park is the largest protected natural area in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region at over 19,000 acres (7,700 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.

Recreational opportunities[edit]

A variety of recreational opportunities are available, which include:

Cultural resources[edit]

The park’s cultural resources are also varied. They include:

Known wildlife[edit]

Tortoises such as the Eastern Box Turtle can be found in Prince William Forest Park, especially after a light rain. There are a number of Amphibians that inhabit the park. Toads and Frogs, such as the American Toad, American Bullfrogs, and Cope's Gray Tree Frog can be spotted in the park, as can Salamanders such as the Marbled Salamander and the Eastern Red-Backed Salamander. A variety of Bird species, such as the Hooded Warbler, the Wood Thrush, and the Red-Shouldered Hawk, can also be found. The park is also home to Mammals, such as Red-Tail Foxes and White-Tail Deer; spotted along the upper North Valley Trail. A few Black Rat Snakes have been seen in and around logs and brush areas. Various Skinks can be seen around sunny areas of the trails.

History[edit]

The park was developed by Works Progress Administration workers after the Great Depression. Landscaping and structures were designed by National Park Service architects. Four camp areas are listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places:[4]

The park also includes the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[4] The park itself was designed as the Prince William Forest Park Historic District in 2012.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NPS Stats". National Park Service. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service - Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area
  3. ^ Jeff Wynn, "A Ground Electromagnetic Survey Used to Map Sulfides and Acid Sulfate Ground Waters at the Abandoned Cabin Branch Mine, Prince William Forest Park, Northern Virginia Gold-Pyrite Belt," [1] U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 20192, retrieved April 7, 2006
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 4/02/12 through 4/06/12. National Park Service. 2012-04-13. 

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