Valley Forge National Historical Park
With more than 3,600 acres of rolling hills and well-worn trails, Valley Forge is now a magnet for runners, bicyclists and picnickers as well as history buffs.
The vast expanse of open space links the Schuylkill River Trail to the Horse Shoe Trail, turning the park into a major hub in a 75-mile system linking Philadelphia to the Appalachian Trail.
Yet the monuments, statues and buildings that evoke more than 225 years of American history give this expanse of nature a palpable sense of the past, making it a favorite destination for families.
The outbuildings — some authentic — bring that pivotal winter to life.
An essential stop for anyone interested in delving into the American Revolution, the monuments, statues and buildings that comprise Valley Forge National Park evoke more than 240 years of American history.
The expanse chronicles an army’s epic struggle to survive against terrible odds, hunger, disease and the unrelenting forces of a harsh winter.
Rows of cannons in Artillery Park; the soldiers’ log huts; and earthen fortifications around the rim of the park serve as silent reminders of the past.
With more than 3,600 acres of rolling hills and well-worn trails, today Valley Forge attracts runners, cyclists and picnickers as well as history buffs.
Recreation facilities in the park include designated picnic areas, a six-mile multi-use trail, ten miles of horse trails and the Schuylkill River Trail, a Valley Forge-to-Philadelphia multi-use trail.
Recreation facilities in the park include designated picnic areas, a six-mile multi-use trail and more.
— Photo by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia
The Welcome Center displays the exhibit Determined to Persevere, which utilizes Revolutionary War artifacts to depict life during the winter encampment. Visitors can touch muskets and see how the heroic General Washington lived in tough conditions.
The outbuildings — some authentic, like Washington’s Headquarters, and some replicated, like the Muhlenberg Brigade huts — bring that pivotal winter to life.
Like no other Revolutionary War site, Valley Forge suggests the arduous spiritual and physical experience the Continental army went through on its way to eventual, improbable victory.
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