Now is a great time to check out one of your local National Parks. This week April 21st – April 29th is National Park Week and to celebrate you can enter the parks for FREE. The National Park Foundation has teamed up with the National Park Service to celebrate National Park Week.
Right here in VA we have several National Parks including Prince William Forest. The forest originally named Chopawamsic Recreation Area was established in 1936 where children’s “relief” camps were held during the Depression. In 1948 the Park was renamed Prince William Forest Park. The Forest located just miles from Quantico offers 37 miles of hiking trails, 21 miles of bicycle-accessible roads, 4 campgrounds and over 100 cabins. Also during the year the Park holds many Special Events. The park is also home to one of Virginia’s most extensive Orienteering course. Prince William Forest is offering camp grounds for those who had reservations during the temporary closing of Lunga Resevoir on MCB Quantico.
Another great park to visit during this week is Fort Washington, this park that over looks the Potomac River offers visitors a great view of both the Virginia and Washington coast line. This Fort which has been around for over 200 years is one of the few left in its original state. The park is located at 13551 Fort Washingotn rd., Fort Wahsington, MD.
Another park to visit during National Park Week is the Frederiksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. While visiting this park you can visit one of two visitor centers, take a self guided driving tour, tour the historic plantation home “Chatam” and visit the “Stonewall” Jackson Shrine. Also while visiting the park pick up information on how your child can become a Junior Ranger.
There are many more great National Parks in our area go to Find A Park to find one near you! Go out and celebrate National Park Week!!