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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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  • Having grown up from a State Park, the National Park service (since taking over Valley Forge at the Bicentennial in 1976) has continually improved the grounds. Moving parking lots, improving trails an...  more »
  • We toured with fifteen 12 yr olds. A great 2 hour activity. They actually learned something in the visitor center. The staff are very nice and helpful. We then drove the park loop. The Muhlenberg brig...  more »
  • The park gave me a much better understanding of why Washington chose this place, and why the British did not pursue the Colonial forces. The museum and related park facilities are nicely maintained an...  more »
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  • Great for hours of hiking and biking on the Mt. Misery and Mt. Joy paths or out in the acres of fields dotted by the occasional historic site or statue. There is a visitor's center, usually full of scouts, that has programs and a small exhibition about the park as a Revolutionary War theater of combat. Have seen some men dressed in period military costume giving tours. The chapel has a carillon which is played on Sundays. Behind the chapel is a cemetery. It's also a great place for a picnic or to fly a kite.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful place! Instills a certain sense of patriotism. Humbling to think of the sacrifices made here so we can enjoy a free country today.
  • Historic and fun. I wear spandex bike shorts here sometimes so that is a good thing for people who like people in bike shorts. You are welcome.
  • 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.