We really enjoyed our stay in Virginia. We stayed at Prince William Forest RV Campground, in Dumfries, VA, about 35 miles southwest of Washington D.C. The campground is located just inside Prince William National Forest Park. We have stayed in enough campgrounds to know a good park from a bad one, and our overall impression of the park was a good one.
The spot wasn’t the most level spot we’ve had, it was on a slight hill. However, it was a paved and we were able to pull-thru, which always makes parking the trailer easier. There was a picnic table but no fire pit. The park was quiet and clean. The biggest drawback was the fact that because of the size of the spot and the way it was angled, we couldn’t put our awning out without it partially blocking the lane behind us. Not a big deal, but having the awning our always just makes the trailer feel more homey for some reason.
The best thing about the campground was its proximity to the National Forest. On one our first days there, we drove around the Scenic Loop Road the forest. It was a nice little drive. It was around dusk so we spotted lots of deer.
That weekend, the Prince William Forest Heritage Festival was going on. It was so close that we were able to walk to it. We learned about the history of the park, including the fact that is used to be used as a spy training camp! We walked around the event stopping at the Marine Museum exhibit, browsing the booths, and listening to bluegrass music. The one of the highlights was the archery station, where after getting a short lesson and safety speech, we were able to shoot a few arrows. After an hour or two, and a photo op with Smokey the Bear, we hopped on the hayride that took us down the road a parking lot, and then walked back from there.
If were were ever back in the D.C. area, I think we would stay at Prince William Forest RV Campground again. Being in the forest was great and the distance to Washington D.C. was reasonable. It also definitely gets some points for having recycling. We have found it difficult to recycle while on the road and wish more places would have it.