VHTRC All Access: Prince William Forest Park

An introduction to trail running, with emphasis on trail navigation, in Prince William Forest Park.

  • Sat Jul 13, 2024
Start location
Start time
  • 8:00 am
  • 9.9 miles
Total ascent/descent
  • 1,000 feet
GPX file
Run organizer


We will cover trail navigation.


The course is a (nearly) 10-mile loop exploring the trails and gravel roads of Prince William Forest Park. It is the same route as our January 1 “Redeye” run. Download the GPX file and map of the park for reference.

Here is an abbreviated description of the course:

Pine Grove parking lot → past the pavilion and through the grassy clearing to Laurel Trail trailhead in back right corner (blue and yellow) → follow downhill across wooden bridge → R on South Valley Trail for 0.9 mi → L on Pyrite Mine Road (gravel road) → At mi 2.2 R on Cabin Branch Mine Trail (orange) → At mi 3.2 L on North Valley Trail (light blue and dark blue) → L on Burma Road (gravel road), eventually turns into Taylor Farm Road → L on High Meadows Trail (orange) → L on Little Run Loop (yellow) → Turkey Run Education Center (bathrooms and water) → pass through parking lot and on blacktop → L on Turkey Run Ridge Trail (blue) → cross a bridge and onto South Valley Trail (white) → R over the suspension bridge and back on Laurel Trail (yellow and blue) to car

About VHTRC All Access

Our mission at the VHTRC is to support all people who like to run on trails. For those new to trail running, or maybe just getting back into it, we are creating a summer series to support the growth of trail running skills, called VHTRC All Access. Join us each month, June through September, as we explore the trails throughout our local parks featuring different topics such as gear, trail navigation, and nutrition. Our final run will end in a BBQ to celebrate an amazing summer of trail adventures!! We look forward to running with you! Please check our calendar and Facebook page for updates.

For those of you more seasoned runners, we ask that you consider attending as well to provide a valuable resource and knowledge to our new runner series. We look forward to seeing you all on the trail!!

Last updated May 23, 2024