Prince William Forest

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October 29

PWF BridgeWelcome to QOC's classic orienteering event at picturesque Prince William Forest Park near Quantico, VA. This event will have a full set of eight courses (white through blue, plus, beige) courtesy of course setter Nadim Ahmed, who has also updated the map; course stats are below and comments will be posted when available.

Pre-registration is now open (link below). Advance online registration is required, since currently we are not allowed to collect fees in this park. Event timing will be our standard: check-in any time between 10:45 - 1:15, start between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be out of the woods and back to the Finish by 3pm. Even if you don't finish your course, be sure to stop by the e-punch table and them know you are out of woods.

There is a park entrance fee of $7 per car (up to 14 passengers). The park also offers an annual pass for $30 (good for other QOC events at PWFP over the next year). If there is a PWFP employee manning the booth as you enter the park, you will pay there and get a receipt to put on your dashboard; otherwise, you need to pay at the Visitor Center before going to park at the ball field.

A note about parking: Parking will be at the Williams Ball Field. The entrance is across from the Visitors Center and is on a one-way road. We'll have a volunteer there providing directions. When leaving the park, exit via the other (far) end of the field. Do not drive on the road back towards the Visitors Center.

New to orienteering? We will hold beginner clinics continuously during the event; just tell the friendly folks at registration if you'd like to be in one and they'll take care of you. Also, make sure to check out our Your First Event and For Beginners webpages, and if they don't answer any question you have, just use our Contact Us form and ask away!

Group Leaders: please see our For Group Leaders webpage and then contact the Event Director so your group can get pre-registered in advance.

Additional Information:

  • Contour interval for all maps is 5m. Map scales are likely to be 1:5000 for white & yellow, 1:7500 for orange, beige and brown, and 1:10000 for green, red and blue.
  • As mentioned above, parking for QOC participants will be in the (nearby) Williams Ballfield, a short walk from our registration area in the Pine Grove Pavilion.
  • Dogs are welcome in this park but must be kept on leash at all times.

We look forward to seeing you soon! Please feel free to contact the Event Directors (link below) if you have any questions.


Prince William Forest Park, Pine Grove, Triangle, VA (Classic)

RegistrationPre-registration is now open; head here when you are ready to choose your course and pay.
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSunday, October 29
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Mark Hicks
Event Director:Rae Ann Hicks
Course Designer:Nadim Ahmed
Location Details

Prince William Forest Park
Pine Grove
Triangle, VA
Google Map

Take I-95 to exit 150 (150B from points north). Head west on Joplin Road (VA-619) and take the second right for the park entrance. The Pine Grove pavilion is on the left just before the Visitor Center.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.19
Yellow 2.210
Beige 2.29
Orange 4.812
Brown 3.59
Green 5.87
Red 7.812
Blue 1013
Course NotesClassic

Course stats are subject to change.

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
Epunch Owner $5 $5 $10 $5
Epunch Borrower $10 $5 $15 $10

Team or Group Entries

Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $2. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map.

Important Notes
  • At the event, we can only accept payment in cash or check; online, you may use a credit card or PayPal account.
  • If you have access to a smartphone, you may become a member at the event by joining online via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional. If you wish to join or renew, we strongly recommend joining (or renewing) online before the event rather than at it to save time and because it's easier.
  • Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch pay a higher entry fee (see above), which includes the loan of an epunch for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) are usually available for sale at each event as described here.
  • Former QOC members who have let their membership lapse pay non-member fees.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (driver's license or car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.