The cool thing about the sods is it is just so remote. Last time I went I was tenting, so we spent a fair amount of time looking for sites, but with hammocks you should be able to camp just about anywhere. Just be careful if you plan on staying in the NE section, which is the meadow-like area, because there aren't many trees up there.
Last year we did a big loop of the SE end, and only spent a few hours in the Northern meadows area. This year I plan on spending five days out there and seeing more of the Northern section in the meadows. The highlight last year was Lion's Head rock. When you get out to the 'overlook' there look behind you and you'll see a pretty tough rock scramble going up the mountain... Climb it, it's worth it. The top plateaus out and is one of the coolest mountain peaks I've been on. One of the overhanging rock ledges up there looks like a Lion's Head, hence the name.
Really just go with an idea of what you wanna do and you'll find cool stuff no matter what.
"We're the Sultans of Swing."
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good...
I asked if I could use my hammock in the picnic area and was told it was up to the indiviual officers. If they deemed that my straps were doing any damage to the trees, I would be asked to take my hammock down. I was also told the rangers would always error on the side of protecting the trees I took that as a nice way of saying no.
The management team discussed the camping hammock policy for the Chopawamsic Backcountry. The 2013 Park Compendium will allow and encourage the use of camping hammocks in the backcountry campground. Theses camping activities are still confined to the defined campsites - and some sites may not include trees that are appropriate for this activity.
Please stop by or call the the visitor center for more information on camping opportunities at Prince William Forest Park.
If you have further questions regarding the policies at Prince William Forest Park I would be happy to connect you with the Chief Ranger.
So my plan is to give it a shot in a few weeks. Weather dependent I am planning on the first or second week in March (fingers crossed).