Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation; it honors the ability of citizens and their leaders to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.
Valley Forge NHP is one of the largest open spaces in southeastern Pennsylvania with 3,500 acres containing habitats for hundreds of plants and animals including 200 species of birds.
Biking There are 21 miles of authorized biking trails in the park.
Hiking The park contains 19.5 miles of designated, marked, hiking trails.
Horseback Riding Seventeen miles of designated horse trails are available to riders. In addition, horseback riders may also cross most open fields to link up with other horse trail sections to complete circuit rides.
There are many other activities available Auto touring, bird watching, boating, cell phone tours, fishing, interpretive programs, nature walks, trolley tours, gallery talks and vault tours
The Schuylkill River bisects the park into areas north and south of it. Most visitors to the park are familiar with the area south of the river because Washington’s Headquarters, the Grand Parade, the Welcome Center, and the paved Joseph Plumb Martin Trail are located there. North of the river, visitors explore the park by entering at the Pawlings or Betzwood trailheads for the River and the Schuylkill River Trails.
The park is surrounded by residential, commercial and industrial developments of Montgomery and Chester Counties on all sides, thus it is an oasis for native wildlife.