Explore the most popular forest trails in Valley Forge National Historical Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I enjoyed the scenery as well as the more frequent bends on this one more than the Mount Joy trail nearby with a similar elevation gain for hiking and observing the wildlife. (Had I been running I would have preferred Mount Joy.)

hiking
12 days ago

I only went one way from Washingtons headquarters to the visitors center. in the beginning there was a steep part that wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't raining. Otherwise it was a very pretty relaxing walk along the river/train tracks.

beautiful trail. definitely check it out

on Mt. Joy Trail

hiking
20 days 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 historical walking trail

Beautiful trail. Well maintained. Nice hill workout.

Beautiful! The wildflowers were blooming and trees were budding. There was a section of the trail that had gorgeous Virginia Bluebells growing along the creek right near the ruins of the bottling plant. Nice, steep uphill hike to get you warmed up when you start at the Mount Misery trailhead.

Great warm up along the creek before a steep 400ft gain over a 1/3 mile that really gets the blood flowing. After that it's a great steady workout coming back down. Overall my favorite hike in the immediate Philadelphia area.

hiking
3 months ago

While not especially interesting on its own, I use this trail to create longer out & backs with the Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and Valley Creek trails. While there's a few short ups & downs, the Chapel Trail remains mostly flat and shaded, making for a leisurely stroll through the woods.

hiking
6 months ago

Great easy hike! Very cold but worth it. Liked the historic buildings at the end.

great historical hike

hiking
10 months ago

A wide, very easy stroll through the woods in Valley Forge National Park. There's not much to see along this hike, but you can combine it with the Valley Creek trail in either direction and turn it into a short loop.

hiking
10 months ago

Went with first timers and a 4 year old. A lot of incline but we all loved it.

hiking
11 months ago

The Mount Joy loop trail is well shaded, rocky in places but a fairly easy trail even for children (mine are 7 & 10). It took us under 2 hours to do the 3.5 miles. The trail is obvious and well groomed. No chance of getting lost. There are no places where you have to scramble over boulders or climb. Parking is abundant at the lot off 252.

trail running
11 months ago

Great walking or running trail!

It is great trail!

Love this place. For the most part it is easy paved rolling hills but we added the Mt Misery to Horseshoe Trail which added some nice solid hiking. We ended up doing just over 8 miles but you can shorten it or lengthen it to your desired hiking time. A little touristy due to all the historical significance, but well worth the effort to make this trip.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Great historical hike

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

My daily hike. Mt Joy and Mt Misery.

trail running
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Great walk in this historic National Park. Loop just under 5 miles. Easy. Heavy traffic on weekends. Perfect for a nice walk in the park.

Great hike with my boys!

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Overall, a great trail. My favorite trail parts were in the woods area.

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Very nice for hiking or running.

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

Heavily trafficked trail. the back side of the trail around horseshoe, and misery were less crowded ave most challenging considering it wasn't paved like the rest of the trail. nonetheless great history and sights to be seen

on Mt. Joy Trail

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

Kind of a muddy walk, but the trail is very well maintained, allowing for a pleasant hike on a rainy February afternoon. There are a few great sights overlooking the park that make the steeper parts of the trail worth it.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

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

trail running
Friday, October 14, 2016

Very nice trail for trail running. I parked in the Knox Tinder parking lot and ran up Mount Joy out to route 23 and then went up Mount Misery down to Yellow Springs. Steep in spots and easy to stay on course compared to some challenges I had with Misery. Was raining slightly and saw a handful of others including a Boy/Cub scout troop but had a lot of it to myself. Just need to pay attention to rocks while running and one really fast downhill but overall great trail.

Once you get into the woods the experience improves significantly. Outside of the woods trails are mostly pathed. Much better for jogging. Still historic houses, and other sites to see. Overall worth the trip.

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