Prince William Forest Park Trails Meeting
Apr 17, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Montclair Tabernacle Church of God
16120 Dumfries Rd.
As visitors hike, bike and explore Prince William Forest Park in increasing numbers, the park is looking for fresh ideas to improve its trail system. The National Park Service (NPS) wants to improve trails in Prince William Forest Park, a national park enjoyed by 360,000 people each year, adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico. Everyone is encouraged to share their ideas about trail use and maintenance, new trails including mountain biking and bridle trails, and trails that are accessible to people with disabilities.
“Every day, I see people getting out and enjoying the trails. We are excited to start the conversation with the community about the park’s extensive trail system, how to make it better
and how to make it more accessible,” Prince William Forest Park Superintendent Tanya Gossett said.
All are invited to an open house to learn more about park trails and share their ideas. Please join the trails team on April 17, 2018, 6-8 p.m., at Montclair Tabernacle Church of God, 16120
Dumfries Rd., Dumfries, Va., 22025. If you have special needs to be accommodated during the open house, please contact David A. Ek at David_Ek@nps.gov or 703-221-3329.
The NPS will accept comments from March 27 through April 27, 2018. Please submit comments online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/prwitrailplan or by mail to:
Attn: PRWI Trail Plan
National Park Service
Prince William Forest Park
18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle, VA 22172
If you can’t make it, there will be a scoping/public comment period from now today, March 27, 2018, to April 27, 2018. Please click the link below if you can and if you cannot attend to leave general comments about the trails in the park. Please share with friends and groups that might be interested!! Thank you.
The Plan is needed to address the following concerns and on-going issues affecting the Park’s trail system:
• Over the years, trail segments were added incrementally without an adequate comprehensive approach resulting in an overall trail system that has connection issues and is difficult to maintain.
• Many of the Park’s existing trails have eroded and degraded due to poor design and alignment, resulting in safety concerns.
• Due to heavy use and erosion, some trail segments are contributing to stream bank failures, which increases stream sedimentation and habitat degradation.
• Some trail segments do not connect features of interest within the Park, which encourages Park visitors to go off trail creating resource issues.
• There is a lack of standardized trail signage.
• The full breadth of allowable Park trail uses has never been comprehensively planned and assessed.
• The Park lacks logical connections to, and integration with, local and regional trail systems.
• There is no direct access to the Park for the communities along the Route 234 corridor, requiring those Park neighbors to either travel a considerable distance to access the Park or enter the Park through the use of social trails.
• Certain Park destinations, such as Carter’s Pond and the Pine Grove Picnic Area, do not fully meet accessibility standards.