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

Did this hike with my 2 year old & 5 year old sons. They had fun splashing in the creek & with the hike. The little one got tired on the way back & needed to be carried. The last short leg of the hike, down to the cascade, is a bit steep. Overall a nice walk

Not a crowded park - great for peaceful walks with the dog.

Easy hike it’s a bit too close to roads and civilization for a true hike. The trail is very well kept.

hiking
27 days ago

Easy trail, fun to see a cascade falls.

Easy hike with lots of water points at campgrounds along the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

While not necessarily jaw-dropping, this is a very pretty short hike. Note: when you get to the river, cross the water and turn left. The real waterfall is still a quarter mile or so upstream!

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

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.

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

hiking
5 months ago

lucky to have this park near our home.
love creek

hiking
5 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.

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

hiking
9 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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

trail running
11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

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

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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Perfect for a fairly flat relaxing hike

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

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.

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.

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