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Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge
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At Valley Forge National Historical Park, see the place where George Washington's army set up a military camp to fight the Revolutionary War in the winter of 1777. Walk around or hop on a trolley around the grounds, where you'll see reconstructed log cabins and outdoor baking ovens, as well as many statues and memorials, including an impressive arch. The park also features a museum and a colonial house that served as Washington's headquarters. Rangers stationed all over the park will provide information on every attraction. In addition to history, you can go hiking, watch wildlife, and admire the scenery. Before you head to Valley Forge, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Valley Forge itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Valley Forge has to offer, including Valley Forge National Historical Park.
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We enjoyed an afternoon walking around and Pokemon hunting throughout the park. While walking we read through some educational material. It was a beautiful walk and a great family outing. If you need ... read more »
We drove through Valley Forge and stopped at the various historic locations. It was a beautiful setting for a fall drive and very interesting to see the rebuilt cabins and hear about the winter that G... read more »
We arrived at the visitor center as a group bus tour with several couples. Randy was our tour guide having hitched a ride on our bus for guided tour. Such a treat! Randy is so knowledgeable and presen... read more »
The miles of rolling hills at Valley Forge not only offer a picturesque glimpse at history, they also offer a great place to exercise or relax. Like some of the Revolutionary War battlefields in Virginia, Valley Forge is a large open area with views for miles from all around. There are paths that meander all throughout the park, offering you the opportunity to walk or jog. At the main parking lot you can also rent bikes that can be used to travel around the park. Some of the highlights of Valley Forge that you don’t want to miss are: The paid trolley tour, the reenactments near the log cabins, and the visitors center. You’ll also want to make sure to make the walk down to the house where George Washington stayed when at Valley Forge. Valley Forge is a highly recommend stop if you’re looking for a place to learn about history, to workout, or to just chill with a loved one.
Watch the characters in Hamilton come to life in a beautiful setting! Valley Forge Park is a historical and recreational gem. Hike Mt. Misery (actually a better trail than Mt. Joy, although it has rocks, because it doesn't require crossing a highway). Visit the Cabin Shop for some shoo fly pie made by locals. See the statues in honor of the names you've heard or read about in Hamilton: Steuben, Lafayette, etc. Be sure to see the dogwoods in bloom around Mother's day, and the mountain laurel a bit later. You can bring dogs (on leash) or horses in designated trails. The huts are reproduction, as are the cannons, but the kids will love them. You can see the old railroad station, and Washington's Headquarters, restored. The Chapel was built a bit later, but the carillon concerts on Wednesday nights in summer, with carilloners from around the world, are a gem. And the local astronomy club goes to the park for stargazing. Enjoy! 4 seasons a year (except in extreme snow and cold, but then you'll feel like Washington's soldiers did).
Very picturesque location. Excellent paved trails for walking or biking, with historic stops all along the path. Bike rentals were great, but the trails weren't marked as well as they could have been. Storytelling benches in the park were fun for the kids. The historic film in the air-conditioned theatre was the right length for younger kids.
Historical location, lots to see. Decent visitors center. There are spacious grounds, cabin replicas, old homestead (George Washington slept here), Washington's Chapel (Episcopal), active. Visitors area. Plenty if parking and a picturesque drive throughout the grounds. Picnic areas. Paved bike/walking path.
A gem of a park that is rich in history and in scenery. I love how there are plenty of open fields and spaces to enjoy in the spring and summer. And the Visitor's Center, Washington's Headquarters, and the replica huts scattered around the park remind everyone the price of our freedom. Unfortunately, there are several major roads that run right through the park, which makes for unsightly and inconvenient traffic and congestion.
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