Valley Forge National Park Trail

EASY 9 reviews

Valley Forge National Park Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenixville, PA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from February until November.

1.2 miles 272 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

Very informative and serene trail. Good for people who like history.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Overall, Valley Forge National Park is great for casual hiking and even some moderately difficult hiking. Some trails are better than others. but that also depends on what you're looking for.

The trails around Mt. Misery are the most strenuous and scenic, followed by the trails on Mt. Joy. Hiking up the Wolfinger Trail is particular steep - great if you want to add some more exercise to your hike. These trails are wooded dirt trails, more akin to your typical sort of hiking trails. These trails also feature some old ruins, a covered bridge, scenic overlooks (especially in fall and winter), and run along side the Valley Creek and other smaller streams at times.

The Joseph Plumb Martin Trail is paved and generally flat with some rolling hills. I wouldn't considering it a hiking trail per se. This trail features several of the the main national monuments such as the National Memorial Arch and the Washington Memorial Chapel, as well as all sorts of Revolutionary War style models of barracks and cannons. The trail loops around a giant open field, which makes for a pretty expansive viewing distance, especially on the north side. The view from the north side of the trail is really nice in the fall when the leaves change colors. Often times you'll see a group of several deer sprinting across this field, which is a cool sight to see.

To me, these trails are the main attractions, but for two different purposes. Mt. Misery and Mt. Joy for more traditional hiking trails. And then the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail more for casual walking, sightseeing, and taking in some good ol' American history.

Of course there are also numerous other trails throughout the park, which are also worth hiking, but they aren't as notable as the aforementioned trails. The River Trail and Chapel Trail, each running on opposite sides of the Schuylkill provide some alternative trails for a change of pace. But these trails aren't quite as scenic, and frankly not as nice as pleasant as the trails alongside the Valley Creek, but they're interesting in their own right.

The entire park is worth exploring though. It's great to visit all times of year.

hiking
2 years ago

This was a great trail to work up a sweat hiking. My only complaint was there wasn't too much interesting things to look at.

walking
2 years ago

Running, walking, biking, sight seeing, etc. Very easy and pleasant.

hiking
2 years ago

While there are extensive blacktop trails, there is a relatively shady, winding trail you can hike to get to or from Washington's Headquarters and the old train station. Every area of the park is impressive. Be sure to find a ranger and ask for some ideas or insights.

hiking
3 years ago

Primarily walking, horse back riding, and biking. I do not call black top hiking. Good for a historical lesson so I give it 3 stars only because it's not what I expected.

hiking
4 years ago

GReat place to hike, fish and fly kites

hiking
4 years ago

Great american history and nice views with some wildlife here and there...