Quality of Life

Prince William County recognizes the integral role outdoor pursuits, recreation, wildlife and nature conservation play in the community by enriching the quality of life, influencing leisure time and contributing to the quality of clean air, water and natural beauty of the environment.  As a community of choice, the County provides an oasis of outdoor sports, wildlife and nature conservation, with golf, camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and boating are the most popular leisure time activities.  


Collectively, the County boasts some 24,000 acres of parkland with 70 County parks, 33 miles of maintained trails, two state parks – Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest and Leesylvania State Park, two national parks – Prince William Forest National Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park and a total of 21 golf courses, which includes the first publicly accessible Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at the new Potomac Shores Golf Club in Dumfries, Va.  In 2015 Prince William County hosted the Tiger Woods Foundation Quicken Loans National PGA Tour Golf Tournament.

Within the County parks system, there are two fitness centers, one community center, four outdoor community pools, one water-park and two indoor pools and six miles of trails.  The County owns and operates one marina on the Occoquan Reservoir, one 9-hole par 3 golf courses, one community skate park and one neighborhood skate park.  More than 34,000 adults and youth participate in organized sports leagues every year.  Click here to learn more about Parks & Recreation in Prince William County. 

The County also promotes the protection of cultural resources, as well as the tourism opportunities these sites present.  As a result, citizens and visitors have an enhanced awareness of the important links of present day Prince William County with its rich heritage and significant cultural resources – historic buildings, archaeological sites, historical sites and districts.  

In 2013, Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park generated $570 million in travel spending alone.  According to the United States Travel Association (USTA) the top tourist attractions in Prince William County continue to be the Manassas National Battle Field Park, Leesylvania State Park, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Jiffy Lube Live, Potomac Mills and Prince William Forest Park.

Adding to the general well-being of citizens in the community is a growing healthcare infrastructure.  A recent study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked Prince William County among the Top Ten healthiest cities and counties in the Commonwealth.

In 2014, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) started major construction to enhance its new $36 million state-of-the-art surgical services facility, slated to open this year.  Sentara is joined by Novant Health Prince William Medical Center and more than thirty major medical and specialist establishments.  Novant’s newest addition – a 60-bed inpatient facility which opened in Haymarket, Va. in 2014.  Both Sentara and Novant facilities are staffed with approximately 1,300 personnel and 500 physicians.  

SNVMC is Prince William County’s 6th largest employer and ranks among the nation’s top integrated healthcare systems, twice named #1 most integrated system by Modern Healthcare. Since the 2009 merger with Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, Sentara has invested and/or committed over $90 million in new technology and clinical services across the region, which include a Heart and Vascular Center, a 42- bed Emergency Care Center, Sentara Lake Ridge – a free-standing Emergency Department, an Ambulatory Surgery Center, Advanced Imaging Centers, Sentara Medical Group, physician’s offices, a Mobile Mammography Van, as well as a Radiation Oncology Center.  SNVMC is also recognized as one of the Best Hospitals in Northern Virginia by US News & World Report.