Explore the most popular hiking 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.

24 days ago

Gives you a nice little challenge!

Glad I found this trail after living so many years near Philly. It only took me 20 minutes to get to the trail and it took me a bit more than 1 hour to complete. There are much better trails further, that have better views, challenges, are longer and are more variable but this was a great work-out on an early morning in a great setting. There is a large parking lot at the start, as shown on the map. I did the trail clockwise and instead of following the road, I should have walked toward Knox House; that is the way to miss the road/Bridge section. Another option of doing the trail is to park at General Washington's HQ. That parking lot is smaller but there are bathrooms nearby. The trail on Mount Joy is flatter and easier to walk than the trail on Mount Misery that has more (small) rocks but both trails are well maintained.

This was a wonderful trail with elevation that was perfect for me and my Golden. Trail was clean and well maintained.

Great hike. Hilly in the beginning to make it a challenge. Connect to horseshoe trail to loop back and that part is by the river and relatively flat. Parking was not well marked. On Wilson.. if coming from valley forge, it’s the 2nd left after covered bridge

1 month ago

Well Mark Trail, However only one real view. Being from Florida the rocks were little disconcerting but again that’s Pennsylvania. Good for all levels.

Took my Dalmatian and had a good long stroll through history.

Very easy and marked well.

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.)

3 months 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

3 months ago

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

This loop has become a weekend favorite as it's one of the best challenges for elevation in the suburban Philly area. Trails are well maintained with a mixture between natural pathways and gravel. There's a few streams and a larger Creek before the mount Misery trail for dogs to drink/swim. Only annoyance is that this time of year there are frequently weddings before the mount Misery trail and I've had to wait for professional photography sessions to let me pass. Not a huge deal, just kind of awkward.

Great historical walking trail

Beautiful trail. Well maintained. Nice hill workout.

Very pretty trail. Well maintained.

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.

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.

6 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.

A very enjoyable hike, very easy with well marked trails.

Best local to philly elevation and challenge. Not over populated either. If you don’t want the cross the covered bridge on the road you can go straight down the library driveway and it crosses the creek and meets the path out at the other side of the stables near the parking area.

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

Took a beautiful hike here yesterday on an unseasonably warm day in January. The trees were bare since we are in the winter season but there was still a lot of beautiful nature to behold. There were a few uphill stints that got the blood moving. I even passed three men riding their horses along the trail and friendly fellow hikers walking with dogs. The only unexpected part of this hike was that it finished (or starts depending on the direction) by walking through a covered bridge that didn’t have a pedestrian walkway and there was a brief (2-3 min) stretch after the bridge where I had to walk beside a busy road. All in all though the hike was great and I would do it again!

9 months ago

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Perfect walking trail with rolling hills and beautiful historic scenery. Great training loop for longer distances.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

great historical hike

Thursday, September 07, 2017

great hike

Monday, September 04, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Great walking or running trail!

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