See the best of Virginia from Prince William County! From the historic Bull Run Mountains to the scenic Potomac River, Prince William County and Manassas offer an array of activities, events, historic sites, attractions, recreational opportunities and shopping that will captivate you at any time of year.
You will find genuinely friendly, helpful people just waiting to share their enthusiasm for one of Virginia's most scenic and historic counties. Whether you are interested in the Civil War, nationally renowned concerts, hunting and fishing, boating, antiques, a variety of restaurants, shopping or just browsing through charming small towns, Prince William County boasts something for everyone to enjoy.
Located in Northern Virginia, Prince William County is approximately twenty-five miles southwest of Washington, D.C., fifty miles southwest of Baltimore, Maryland; and eighty miles north of Richmond, the state capital of Virginia. The 255 square mile county lie in three physiographic provinces; coastal plain along the Potomac River; Piedmont Plateau in the center; and Valley and ridge to the northwest. Elevations vary from sea level in the east to 1369 feet above sea level in the western mountains. Approximately half of the County is forested. Rolling hills and inlands constitute most of the topography. Significant bodies of water include the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers and Lake Manassas.
Prince William is named for the second son of King George II. The county was site of several active ports during colonial times and Manassas was the site of key Civil War battles.
The surrounding metropolitan Washington labor pool is the best educated in the country, with the largest percentage of professional and technical workers, manager and administrators of any of the top ten U.S. metropolitan areas. The area also has an extremely high percentage of scientists, engineers, and clerical workers. Virginia is a right-to-work state.
The County offers recreation programs. Public facilities include 42 local parks covering 2500 acres. Facilities include 29 soccer fields, 13 basketball courts, 44 football/ baseball/ softball fields, 4 outdoor swimming pools, 2 indoor pools, a water park, 4 public golf courses and 1 outdoor theater. Private facilities include 2 roller skating rinks, 23 private golf courses, 1 auto racetrack, 3 bowling alleys and 5 indoor theaters. Prince William National Forest covers 17,728 acres. Conway State Forest covers 450 acres and Leesylvania State Park is 508 acres. Numerous museums and historical sites exist, including the Manassas National Battlefield Park (5,000 acres), the Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum, and the Manassas Museum. In 1987, Prince William became the home of the Class A Carolina League professional baseball team, the Potomac Nationals, part of the Washington Nationals organization.
Visitors come from around the world to enjoy the Prince William shopping experience. Charming art galleries, boutiques and gift shops full of remarkable one-of-a-kind items are yours to explore in the historic villages of Occoquan and Manassas. The Prince William & Manassas antique trail begins on Route 28 at the county border with dozens of distinctive shops. Manassas mall includes dozens of national retailers and unique shops in a delightful environment. More than 200 nationally - known retailers, restaurants and entertainment centers are found in Potomac Mills' nine different neighborhoods.
Colleges & Universities
Northern Virginia Community College has campuses in Manassas and Woodbridge offering a full range of technical and vocational courses.
Colleges and Universities
George Mason University has located a satellite campus in Prince William County offering Urban Engineering. There are 27 colleges and universities located within commuting distance which offer numerous business, engineering, technical and professional undergraduate and graduate degree programs.