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Beautiful trail! Will go explore it again!

Good beginners trail. Enjoyed the walk. Three hours with nature!!!!

10 days ago

Great trail along the river. We saw a few mountain bikers and many dogs off leash. Plenty of benches along the river to stop for a meal. We did find trash along the river that was disappointing (condom wrappers, drug baggies), but once you rose in elevation trash became sparse. Even when we got rained on we still saw a few hikers on trail. Coming across the Lenape Indian statue was pretty cool.

I hiked this trail for the first time yesterday with two friends. Moderate trail with lots of shade and nice views. Bathrooms are scarce and parking is not easy to find. We stopped at Rittenhouse Town for a history lesson. Our total hike was 10 miles. Highly Recommend.

Great hike, devils pool is refreshing.....but rocks are very slippery! Hardly any restrooms though

Scenic, challenging, beautiful. Best to arrive early to get parking and avoid the crowds and heat (during summer months). Completed 8 miles with my 10 year old son. Awesome to have such a hidden gem right inside Philadelphia.

27 days ago

Was first time on a hike...was a lot of fun and the trail was wooded and well marked. Nice to see water falls and we really enjoyed the yellow trail. Was moderate hills and rocky paths. Some nice historical parts along the way as well.

It is a good trial did it with my family any bike works and it was a breeze but the kids had some trouble going up the hills

Love!! Went here because it’s close to my sisters in the city but still on the way from Chalfont area. Hike was a workout and kicked my butt! (In the best way of course). I loved that it was easy enough but harder than most of my go-to trails. Will definitely be returning :) watch for the little spiders that build their web right across the trails!

I love this nearly hidden gem of a trail. You get to experience the expansive open skies as you cross the river and can meander through the woods in Lower Merion. Comfortable wooden chairs and benches are along the path and hidden on lawns tucked away for those that stray from the path. We extended down to the start of the trail in Lower Merion and then headed up the hills through Westminster Cemetery. We found that is possible to exit the cemetery through the back on a short path near a beautiful partially overgrown historic building and connect back to the trail.

1 month ago

Overall pretty easy with a few steep elevation changes that put it to the moderate level. Actually started running for stretches in some parts as it was so flat. Trails are well marked but the same trail tends to open in multiple directions several times on the trip making it a bit confusing. Watch out for bikers- trails are narrow and winding in some spots so it is tough to see one another coming. You can very easily make your own variations on this trail that would take you about the same distance. Only think I would avoid next time is the part where it takes you out to Summit Ave and you have to walk on the side of the road for about 1/3 of a mile. Still blows my mind that a hike like this is in Philly.

What a fun trail! The orange trail near the river can get a little narrow and often wet, so you have to move through with caution. Also the last bit of this loop on the white trail contains almost the entirety of the elevation that it entails as well, so be prepared for that. Besides that, this was a good trail to tackle on as a day hike. 95% of the trail is covered by trees as well so the intense heat isn’t a threat. Watch for the mosquitoes too! Will definitely go back on another dry day!

Beautiful hike - nice trails with waterfalls, streams, historical sites. Very shaded from the summer sun. Moderately difficult

Flowing water, covered bridges, uncovered bridges, lots of up and down hills, small waterfalls--what's not to like! Access to multiple trails so you can control how easy/hard and can always go down to Forbidden Drive for nice easy stroll if you've had enough of trails. Not always super well marked, but hard to get truly lost. Recommend especially if in Philly or nearby.

on Mt. Joy Trail

1 month ago

Moderate, hilly hike in mostly shaded forest. Pretty popular with a fun option to tour Washington’s encampment. Good for dogs and children.

Great trail for beginners. Beautiful place, not crowded at all. Creek and waterfall were nice.

Great experience!

A great trail close to home. Great for running, walking, and biking! There is a lot to explore throughout the park. It’s easy to find yourself on another trail in the park. I’ve lived near it for several years and still feel like I’m finding new things to explore!

awesome stuff to see i feel it could be marked better st the forks seems like several trails intertwine , had an awesome time

Great historical walking trail

What is this? No one calls it by this name. Forbidden Drive is a popular trail here.

This was our first visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park and it won’t be our last. The trail is paved most of the way so it is perfect for an easy walk through history. The last mile or so is near a busy road, but besides that the experience was very enjoyable.

Great view !

3 months ago

Nice paved trail for an easy walk. Not very seculeded or challenging.

Nice moderately difficult trail. Nice things to see and well marked. We will be going again!

It's a lovely trail. Easy, serene, a nice "get some fresh air and nature". Well planned trail.

Lovely walk and sights!

4 months ago

Great trail. Love the variety that this trail offers. Lots of uphill and downhill... I hike this trail on a regular basis with my pup.. And only issue is parking. I love this trail!

I went in mid February on an unusually warm day. Lots of people, espically joggers. Trail and historial monuments/places were poorly marked, i believe this is because I went during the off season. Overall though it was nice and relaxing

We added on for a 6.7 mike 3 hour hike on a nice January day. We crossed the creek at Belles Mills and wound our way on the other side of the creek. So close to Philly and lovely gorge hiking. I would give 4 because at times you hike near roads and houses. Well marked yellow signs help keep you in track.

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