Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Prince William Forest Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Enjoyable, hiked part of it with my friends and our dogs. Everyone had fun, water is good to cool off in

saw Mr Beaver when creek was frozen.
started from lot E.

hiking
3 months ago

lucky to have this park near our home.
love creek

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely hike (did the South Valley Trail to the North Valley Trail out and back). Several opportunities to cross the stream on logs which was fun. Would rate easy not moderate, but definitely enjoyable.

trail running
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Well maintained for a nice and easy hike. Lots of shades.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Great trails, definitely need a map to help navigate. 7mi was perfect n easy here

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Easy trail with awesome creekside stretches. Perfect for pups. Decently crowded even in winter months.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I loved this trail and will be going back. Despite this National Park being almost in my backyard, I have never been here before and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

One thing you should know is that the Prince William Forest Park has a lot of trails in it. Korie (below) is right - it's really a series of trails that make up the Pyrite Mine Trail Loop. The trails are well maintained and are a mix of flats and moderate hills. Trail markers are a combination of typical color markings on trees and at trail intersections there are [sometimes] easy to read indications as to which direction to go on. It's easy to get turned around and on the wrong trail so I would highly recommend stopping at the visitor center and getting one of the good trail maps they have.

The Pyrite Mine placards were very informative and reveal quite a bit of history about the area that I was completely ignorant of. It was fascinating to see a new forest grown over what had been an environmental blight. But the mine served its purpose and with help from mankind the forest has reclaimed the area.

The Visitor Center was great and there are some excellent displays of local wildlife, a relief map (which was very cool) and some supplies and t-shirts and such to buy. The Ranger we met there was super-informed, very friendly and really seemed to know what she was doing.

BTW - if you're interested in orienteering, there's an orienteering kit you can get at the Visitor Center and a log-book so you can record your tracks.

I would definitely recommend this and will be going back again. Great trails.

hiking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nice and easy. Park at Turkey Run Campground/Education Center and combine with Quantico Falls/Cascade trail for a longer easy out and back.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Perfect for a fairly flat relaxing hike

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

It is a fun trail, not very strenuous, and runs along the South Fork of Quantico Creek for long stretches. There are numerous different loops, longer or shorter that can be made with the various trails in the park. Great park for the closeness to D.C. **Check the Prince William Forest Park map of trails from the park -- the map here is Not correct**

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Two important things to know about this trail: 1. It is within a National Park (Prince William Forest Park) and includes a $7 fee per car, and 2. There is no actual Pyrite Mine Trail Loop. PMTL is a cluster of trails , which grouped together, make up this loop. They call this larger loop made up of trails, PMTL to honor the former mine that was shutdown in the 20s and underwent natural restoration by FDR. There are a number of sites along the trail providing history and certain aspects about the former mine. Make sure to go to the info center to have the park rangers highlight the trails/loop that make-up PMTL. Also, be sure to take a map with you. The paint markings on the trees are for the most part helpful to guide the way; however, there are a few confusing patches where trees don't have markers, and we found the map to be a bit of a lifeline for navigation.The loop itself is delightful. It is entirely covered by a canopy of trees. The forest is lush and green. This is a moderate trail with a number of challenging patches, but completely doable. So far, this has been the best hike we have done. I recommend it to those looking for a bit of a challenge (not major) and who love dogs (tons of people bring their pups out on a hike or run.)

Have fun!

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

This is a very nice park for the DC area. It wasn't crowded even on the main trail on a holiday weekend. Normally, you feel like you're in a shopping mall the trails are so crowded. There are a bunch of others that are more remote that we are going to go back to hike. There is also tent and car camping areas we will check out. The visitors center is nice and the rangers are helpful in planning your hike. Lots of creek for your dogs to cool off in with a few spots deep enough for swimming. It isn't the most challenging hike and there are no amazing vistas, but in the DC area finding a place that doesn't feel overwhelmed with humanity is truly amazing.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

We enjoyed this park/trail. Not a lot of people which makes it very peaceful.

hiking
Friday, March 25, 2016

Way more to this trial, but if your looking for a fun (easy) scenic trail to do after work or on the weekend when you only have a few hours, than this is the trail to go to. Ample parking at the start as well as along the first stretch of scenic drive allow flexibility and the network connecting other trails is very nice and easy.

cross country skiing
Sunday, January 10, 2016

When added with some of the other trails in Potomac National Forest, it makes for a good hike. Short by itself, small uphill section (or downhill depending which way you are coming from). Relatively easy.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

I couldn't find any of the attractions

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Long run along a steady creek. Good paced trail for high tempo

trail running
Sunday, July 19, 2015

I've run this trail both day/night and wet/dry. From EAST to WEST it runs from the bridge on Pyrite Mine Rd in a NW direction for 3.5mi to the bridge at Burma Rd. 90% of this trail follows the contour of the Quantico Creek and is single track, non-technical. Mostly level elevation with approx 4-5 moderate hill ascents. Trail marking is okay, but can be confusing without a trail map. Lots of exposed tree roots and some muddy portions that cannot be easily bypassed. Some buggy parts, but not as much as you'd expect so close to the creek. A highly recommended easy trail run during dry conditions. Avoid after heavy rains, because trail becomes very slick on the ups and downs.

trail running
Sunday, July 19, 2015

The whole trail system in PW Forest is the best I've experienced on East Coast. All trails and facilities are maintained daily. Restrooms and/or fixed water points are positioned every 3 miles, so you are never more than an hours walk from resupply or emergency aid. SVT is my favorite of the trails, because it's the longest and and has best terrain and scenery. Slightly technical at mid-way parts along the creek, and very narrow single track. Just a great, usually uncrowded trail to run any day if you live nearby.

cross country skiing
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Interesting terrain, good workout.

hiking
Friday, February 27, 2015

This is one of the most interesting trails in PW Nat'l Forrest--with many off-shoots that will catch your interest. I usually access the trail from the 1.5mi. road leading in from the parking lot near the bike trail. You can custom fit this trail to your fancy very easily. The trail from the Laurel Loop through the Pyrite Mine is my favorite way to go. It's a great way to check out the origins of some the area's industries from days gone by. On the lower-end of the moderate spectrum. A real beaut!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Did this trail in the Fall - awesome foliage. the trails goes along one of the creeks and right past a small waterfall.

hiking
Friday, July 11, 2014

Had many trails that could be taken to lengthen or shorten the hike but it offered well shaded paths, nice scenery, clear trails, some wild life spotting, some challenges (for you adventure types), and there's a paved bike trail as well. You will need a map to assist in navigating the routes you want, but that is obtained at the ranger station near the visitors center.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Finding a nice quiet trail
Just minutes from home is a big plus. We came in from Rt. 234 through the travel trailer park, hooked up with North Valley Trail off Burma Road and went to the Pyrite Mine for a total off around 10 miles. Very little traffic and this on the 4th of July weekend. Very pleasant hike with nice wooded views.

hiking
Friday, April 25, 2014

My son and I actually started out on this trail (Pyrite) then branched off. There are many trails within Prince William Forest Park and we did a bit over 20 miles one day over Spring Break. You can hike from Pyrite Mine Loop up to Laurel Loop, South Valley Trail, North Valley Trail and further to reach the falls and many areas go from quite easy to very hard climbing. The trails were all well marked and not very busy at all. The entire area can definitely be customized to fit the hike you want that day from easy to hard.

hiking
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I am currently recovering from an ankle sprain and this was the first hike I've done since the sprain. The trails were well worn and clear of most obstacles. I felt sure-footed the entire time despite the old injury. Not sure how crowded it normally is on weekends since I did this one on a Monday, but the park is pretty big and this hike starts near the back (parking lot D on the park map) so maybe it still wouldn't be so bad. It was extremely peaceful. The cascades are beautiful, although not quite what I was expecting. The old mine isn't much to look at and the informational signs are a bit of a joke, but it's still an interesting destination. Plus - plenty of rocks to climb over for the more able-bodied folks. Overall, it was a very enjoyable,easy-to-moderate hike.

hiking
Saturday, August 03, 2013

Beautiful walk along the river. The trail is not a loop. It's one way. Signs between trails are not clear. We would have been lost with out Trail Tracker.

Nevertheless will be back.

hiking
Sunday, April 28, 2013

Prince William forest park is an awesome place to hike. I have done 3 different trails over the weekend. I recommend getting a map. it is also a nice place t I ride ur bike.

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