Prince William County is filled with great places for active outdoors fun and learning! Here are some of them:

Ben Lomond Community Center
If you are looking for a children’s program, dance instruction, an outdoor pavilion rental or a location for that indoor event, Ben Lomond Community Center provides friendly and thorough customer service to everyone!

Birchdale Recreation Center
Our newly-renovated community center offers children's classes, playschool and special events. Birchdale pool is opening on Saturday, May 29th!

BMX Racing at the Prince William County Park Authority
If you'd like to race, we have an excellent facility that is available for rental!

Bull Run Mountain Natural Area
This 800-acre area protects ecosystems that are increasingly imperiled in our region and offers unique opportunities to observe wildlife.

Camp William B. Snyder & Cub World
The 350-acre camp is the latest and greatest camping experience! Camp Snyder serves as a multi-functional camp that can meet the needs of Packs, Troops, Venture Crews, Varsity Teams, and other organizations looking to develop a partnership or quality outdoor experience.

Conway Robinson State Forest
Is part of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. This 450-acre forest is highly valued by nature lovers and a popular equestrian site.

J. Metz Wetlands Bank
Is part of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, including 19 acres of constructed wetlands and about 200 acres of natural wetlands.

Lake Ridge Park
"Something for Everyone"! Lake Ridge Park offers fishing and boating, hiking trails, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, wooded natural areas, a mini-golf course and ample opportunities for family fun.  Enjoy our beautiful facilities overlooking the Occoquan Reservoir!

Leesylvania State Park
With 470-acres, this park offers many outdoor recreation opportunities, including camping, boating, fishing, birding and other nature explorations.

Locust Shade Park
Has everything you need to get in touch with nature; fishing, boating, Jean Smith Amphitheater, golf driving range, mini-golf course, picnic areas, pedal boats and more.

Manassas National Battlefield Park
Well loved by history buffs, the Battlefield's 5,100 acres of trails and fields preserve a part of Civil War history. It is also popular with wildflower enthusiasts, birders and equestrians.

Meadowood Recreation Area
Provides a great variety of habitats for wildlife within a rapidly urbanizing region. Meadowood also offers extensive environmental education programs for homeschoolers, public and private schools, local 4-H groups and community youth agencies. 

Merrimac Farm WMA
This 302-acre Wildlife Management Area includes more than 100 acres of wetlands and a diversity of plant and animal communities. -A great place to watch wildlife year round!

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge & Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge
Occuquan Bay NWR hosts a broad diversity of wetland habitats and is a premiere area for birding and butterfly enthusiasts. Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for Neotropical migrants, waterfowl, ospreys, and bald eagles.

Prince William [National] Forest Park
Is the largest protected natural area in the D.C. region. The park preserves 15,000 acres of eastern piedmont forest, and Quantico Creek. William Forest Park is an important area for outdoor recreation, water quality protection and scientific studies.
PWCS offers Summer Camp for Youth with Special Needs!

PWCS has information on special camps and recreation programs for youth with intellectual, physical and other special needs in and near the county.Learn more


Places to Go!!!


Check out this month's ParkTips -a compilation of newsworthy items and upcoming events!
Get Out of the House!
Do you think that an outdoor lifestyle is something that only other people enjoy? See how easy it can be to fit an outdoor lifestyle into a busy schedule with simple, low-cost activities that can be enjoyed by all.
Find out more here!
Even in times of crisis, we’re called to take the long view to preserve our national heritage –- because in doing so we fulfill one of the responsibilities that falls to all of us as Americans, and as inhabitants of this same small planet.
~President Barack Obama, April 16, 2010
Submit your ideas & join the conversation
about America's Great Outdoors