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Prince William Forest Park - Comprehensive Trail Plan / Environmental Assessment

The National Park Service wants to hear from you about its proposed plan to improve trail systems and expand trail use at Prince William Forest Park.

With more than 360,000 annual visitors, Prince William Forest Park is an increasingly popular destination for hiking, biking, camping and other activities in the Greater Washington area. The NPS has proposed a plan to improve the park's trail systems, while continuing to protect park resources including wildlife, plants, streams and archeological sites.

Under the proposed plan the NPS would make the following improvements at Prince William Forest Park:

- Create approximately 13 miles of new trails.
- Adjust the routes of more than 29 miles of existing trails to improve trail connectivity and to protect streams, plants
and archeological sites.
- Create more than four miles of new trails that are accessible to people with disabilities.
- Increase the number of trail routes suitable for horseback riding and/or mountain biking.
- Improve connections with local and regional trail systems beyond the park.
- Expand parking at trailheads to provide better trail access on the northern and eastern edges of the park.

Public participation is vital to the planning process. The National Park Service developed the proposed Comprehensive Trails Plan and Environmental Assessment with the help of public input received in spring 2018. The public is invited to comment on this proposed plan from March 18, 2019 to April 18, 2019.
 
Comment Period: Closed        03/18/2019 - 04/18/2019
Document Content:
Appendix A Trails Plan Alt MethodologyAppendix A Trails Plan Alt Methodology   (363.3 KB, PDF file)
Appendix B Realigned TrailsAppendix B Realigned Trails   (3.3 MB, PDF file)
Appendix C Parking Appendix C Parking   (96.8 KB, PDF file)
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