Prince William Forest Park to fully reopen Monday

WASHINGTON — Nearly three weeks after the March 2-3 windstorm damaged and closed Prince William Forest Park in Northern Virginia, the National Park Service announced Friday that the park will reopen to the public in its entirety on Monday.

The majority of the park’s roads, trails and facilities will be open to the public starting noon Saturday, the National Park Service said in a Friday news release.

The Turkey Run and Oak Ridge campgrounds and the Chopawamsic Back Country area will open Monday. Cabin camp areas will be available to permit holders only.

“We are very pleased to welcome the public back to their national park,” said Prince William Forest Park Superintendent Tanya Gossett in the release.

Visitors are encouraged to discuss hiking plans with park rangers at the visitor center and should be cautious while hiking.

Workers from 15 other national parks helped to clear the park of trees, repair power lines and assess damage to buildings throughout the park.

The windstorm March 2—3 brought gusts of over 70 mph around the D.C. area.


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