|Pink Lady Slipper|
Prince William Forest Park is a National Park located in Southern Prince William County, Virginia, adjacent to Quantico Marine Corps Base. It covers over 15,000 acres and is the largest preserved area of Piedmont in the National Park System. With 37 miles of trails to choose from, beautiful streams, and interesting geology we couldn't have been happier. If you want to make a weekend trip out of it, there are numerous campsites and a few cabins available to use.
This trail took us to another gravel road that connects to the Quantico Falls Trail. The Quantico Falls Trail descends the ridge to Quantico Creek and connects to the North Valley Trail. The Geology Trail, which begins on the Quantico Creek Trail and continues on to the North Valley Trail, provides information on the many facets of geology of the park.
After crossing the creek you will come to a boardwalk that follows a swampy area of the park. From the boardwalk, you can view the old pyrite mine site. After the mine was closed, the area became polluted and acidic unable to support life. The area was then reclaimed and replanted. Now the old mine site is a young pine grove that is now supporting other wildlife.
Because Virginia overlaps northern and southern climates, supports a variety of flora and fauna. Some species we saw here include orchids, jack-in-the-pulpit, pickerel frogs, multiple species of snakes, lizards, and salamanders.
|Remnants of the old pyrite mine|
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