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.