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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Prince William Loop

Description

The Prince William Loop begins at the historic Town of Occoquan and ends at the Chopawamsic Creek Wildlife Area–a viewing platform and nature trail along the Chopawamsic Creek on the Quantico Marine Base. In between, it meanders through a national wildlife refuge, a conserved wetlands site, and a state park. All of the sites are bordered by the Potomac River to the east and offer a variety of habitats including freshwater tidal wetlands, brackish marshes, tidal creeks, and deciduous forests. The largest site on this loop is Prince William Forest Park. This woodland watershed lies in the transition from the rolling hills of the Piedmont Plateau to the lowlands of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Wildlife abound at all the sites along this loop, and the observant visitor may witness dragonflies and damselflies, reptiles and amphibians, waterfowl and shorebirds, and migratory and nesting songbirds. Other water-loving wildlife, such as muskrats and beavers, are also common.

Loop Map

Services

Prince William Co./Manassas Conv. & Visitors Bureau
703.396.7130
amaher@visitpwc.com

Prince William Co.-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce
703.368.6600
djones@pwchamber.org

Prince William Conservation Alliance
703.367.0069
pwca@pwconserve.org

Prince William County/Manassas Convention & Visitors Bureau
703.396.7130
amaher@visitpwc.com

Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce
703.368.6600
djones@pwchamber.org

Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce
703.590.5000
rclapper@pwchamber.org

Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce
703.590.5000
rclapper@pwchamber.org

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