The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) left a lasting mark on our nation’s landscape. Created during the height of the Great Depression, this New Deal era program put thousands of young Americans to work while raising awareness for the conservation of the nation’s natural resources. The CCC replanted forests, fought forest fires, worked on soil erosion projects, and cut thousands of hiking trails throughout the country.
|Welcome to Prince William Forest Park|
Prince William Forest Park, a national park south of Washington DC, offers insights into the CCC and one of the New Deal's lesser-known programs, the Recreational Demonstration Area.
Originally called the Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area, Prince William Forest Park contains five different rustic cabin camp villages complete with bunkhouses, mess halls, arts & crafts buildings, and small swimming holes. Set in the backdrop of the forest, these camps were designed specifically for the urban youth of the DC metropolitan area, and provided an escape from the city. In true progressive era fashion, the Recreational Demonstration Area aimed to bring people back to nature. This goal was sought as part of improving physical and mental wellbeing.
Hiking through Prince William Forest Park or staying the night in one of the park's many rustic cabins, gives the visitor an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Civilian Conservation Corps and learn more about the legacy of the Recreational Demonstration Area programs of the 1930s.
|Arts & Crafts Cabin|