The American Revolution
An essential stop for anyone interested in delving into the American Revolution, the monuments, statues and buildings that comprise Valley Forge National Historical Park evoke more than 240 years of American history.
The outbuildings — some authentic — bring that pivotal winter to life.
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.
A nine-stop Encampment Tour Route connects the important spots in the park. Three must-visit stops: the reconstructed log huts at the Muhlenberg Brigade Area ; the iconic National Memorial Arch ; and the moving Patriots of African Descent Monument .
Hiking, Biking & Recreation
Woodlands, streams, meadows, monuments and miles of trails also make Valley Forge National Historical Park a haven for outdoor fun.
The 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. Two miles of the paved Schuylkill River Trail, which connects sites in Montgomery County and Philadelphia, run through the north side of the park.
Recreation facilities in the park include designated picnic areas, a six-mile multi-use trail, 35 miles of designated hiking trails, 19 miles of biking trails and 17 miles of horse trails.