Oak Ridge is our favorite local go-to campground. This site meets all of our expectations with exceptionally clean bathrooms to boot. It a short jaunt away with miles of hiking trails. The sites are generously sized, wooded and private. If you're going with a group there are also sites that connect. C Loop is the most private with several sites being walk-in. B Loop is mostly shaded and also the only loop with showers (my preference). A Loop is first to come, first served whereas Loops B and C are reservation only. Firewood is available but they do not provide much so I recommend bringing what you need if you plan on having a fire for more than one night. There are a few trailheads accessible from the camping loops but many you'll need to drive to. Parking is limited but I've never had trouble finding a spot. If you want a quick getaway without driving hours outside of the metro area this is your place!
We camped here with a group of families in the fall. The drive into the park was beautiful and made us feel we were many miles away from civilization even though we weren’t. The camp sites are spread out nicely with clean facilities. The bathrooms were particularly well heated! We almost didn’t want to leave after brushing our teeth. We loved our fall visit when the forest was the spectrum of reds, oranges and browns.
The Oak Ridge campgrounds at Prince William Forest Park are a lovely little campground just outside Washington DC. The sites were large, the facilities are clean and the staff friendly and helpful.
We stayed the last weekend in September for a quick one night stay. We needed to get out of DC and found this spot to be the perfect ticket. There were heavy rains the whole week prior to our stay and when we got to our site (it is one of the lowest spots of B loop) was a little too wet for us (our three kids would have love it, just not us). The campground host was very accommodating and told us to pick any spot on the first come/first serve A loop. We were able to find a very nice spot and the host came to us to change the forms around.
The free firewood is nice but be sure to pick is up (next to the water tower by the entrance to the campground) when you check in so you don’t have to carry it, or make a separate trip. The wood was sitting out, so it was a little wet, but all fresh, no rot. I would recommend having a hatchet or camp knife to split the corded wood to account for the wetness.
The A loop bathroom facility was clean with a nice service sink, but no showers. The B loop facility does have showers and is also very nice (we didn’t swing through C loop so we can’t speak to those facilities).
We went cycling as a family and though did not go too far (young kids) the park is a fantastic place to ride bicycles. There is only one short hiking loop from the campground, but other trails which will take you on a longer loop. All the hiking loops are accessible via car or our choice (once the kids are old enough) bicycle.
We enjoyed our stay and will be coming back, even for a quick one night stay to break up the busy city life.
Love this park! Have been many times. It is perfect for the quick, local get away. You would NEVER even know that you are so close to home.
Beautiful Park and campground. Nice bathrooms. Free campfire wood by the host.
The staff were so helpful and nice. They checked on us daily but didn’t over stay. The sites were roomy and not to close. We saw lots of wildlife but had no issues with trash or food (raccoons left everything alone).
We saw DC during the day but camped each evening. It was amazing!