Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Prince William Nat 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.

Nice 2 mile trail that leads to a pretty cool small water fall. It was great for my 2 Goldenretrievers and one of them is just a pup. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that the end of the trail was blocked with trees and there was no getting around them.

Hiked this about a year ago. Very easy. Bonus-Geocache along the way.

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6 months ago

Ok trail. Almost all through woods with about .75 miles on paved roads. Good scenery. Moderate up and downs. Is actually composed of the joining of several other trails. Worth the effort.

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7 months ago

On the park map this is called the Quantico Cascades Trail. Park in lot E. At the end of the trail it is definitely cascades - no waterfall - but still beautiful! Easy hike with 3 year old, 5 year old, and dog.

Nice little trail. Park in lot E and then the trail head is well marked then follow the yellow blazes. There is limited parking, maybe 8 spots. The parking area faces an open area with picnic tables so you can lunch before or after your walk. The hike itself is pretty, woods with old growth trees. The cascades are maybe more of a river with rocks but sit and listen to them for awhile before heading back. The are small but beautiful. Somewhat steep right at the end so you can get your heart-rate up a bit. Nice little hike for some quiet forest time.

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10 months ago

We did not like this trail - too close to busy roads - heard a lot of traffic - also had to cross a busy road

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

This was a good trail and the scenery was beautiful. The recent rains improved the falls with the cool weather was perfect. Did more than just the falls trail.

trail running
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I was able to run this trail while visiting family back east this last February. I was a bit disappointed with the falls, but it was the end of winter. Still, I had an enjoyable time, and only saw a handful of people. Was great getting away from the hustle and bustle of Northern VA, and being on the trails is always so much better than being on the roads any day! Considering the location, this is still a really enjoyable outing.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

My family and I decided to hike this today. While it was very pretty out, the trail wasn't very well marked- we only found 3 posts with Little Run Loop indicators- definitely need better markers!

hiking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

A nice quiet walk for a warm January day. Beaver is building a dam across the creek at the end of the trail. He came out to say hello while I sat and ate lunch.

For a longer out and back, park at the Turkey Run Education Center and combine the Mary Bird Branch Trail (0.5 mi one way) with this trail.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Not much a destination when the water is low and be careful for snakes! Overall decent hike

Thursday, August 25, 2016

It was really good. I thought there would be more falls, but very beautiful. Changed my perspective on hiking in Virginia.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Quick and easy! Slight incline on the way back up from Quantico Creek but otherwise mostly wide and level.

on Chopawamsic Trail

Monday, May 02, 2016

Secluded trail with a nice two mile or so loop. Not overly difficult, but enjoyable. 8 Primitive camping sites to choose from for those wanting to spend the night. Each site offers something a little different in terms of views, size and distance off of main trail. If you're looking to get away and be in a secluded area, this is definitely a good spot. If you're looking to put in miles before camping, and be able to do more hiking, this may not be the spot for you. Overall, because of the seclusion and ability to do backcountry camping, I give this trail / site 4 stars.

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

Nice trail, wide most if the way then a bit more narrow going down to the falls. Nice place to skip rocks and look at stream life with little ones at the bottom. It is a bit steep going back so people were carrying their smaller more portly pups, but otherwise a decent trail for kids, adults and dogs. Nice views!

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.

trail running
Saturday, March 21, 2015

This guy is off the "beaten path" and secluded, but it provides a short well-balanced trail with a few small hills. Trail is still maintained, marked, and has some neat paths through the brush. There is a port-o-potty at the parking lot for you civilized folk. Also provides a cool view of the Breckenridge Reservoir were you could spend a day of fishing if you find a way down the ridge-line.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Quiet trail that feels secluded despite relative proximity to roads. Some road noise while camping at night from I-95 and Joplin Rd. Moderate grade changes over creek beds and Quantico ridge lines.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

A short loop for me that connected the high meadow trail to the turkey run ridge trail. It can be started from the parking area near the Turkey Run Education Center

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