Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

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

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

great historical hike

trail running
9 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.

Great historical hike

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
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

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

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

walking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Good for exercise but not for nature sightings. Not too busy but little shade so it was very hot. Recommend bringing water for the full loop.

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.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

It was a very beautiful and scenic trail. The wildflowers are beautiful and smell amazing. I enjoyed watching the birds and butterflies as well! The only down side for me was the portion of the trail right along the road, it was loud and not very peaceful but other than that I loved it!

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

It was nice. Very nice hike.

hiking
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Beautiful surroundings. The best part is once you're in woods!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Nice walk. Many people. All asphalt trail. 5.78 miles on loop.

hiking
Saturday, December 19, 2015

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.

paddle sports
Saturday, September 19, 2015

I went on a really nice day, I ended up walking 5 miles! The trail is all paved and very nice!!!!

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

Good one for beginners.

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Long walk, some confusing sign ways, but still very rewarding

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

http://hiddentrenton.com/rc1/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Mt_Misery_Loop_map_and_notes.pdf

for below review :)

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

Annie - I did Mount Misery/Mount Joy today too. I think I did exactly what you did at the fork and ended up down along Valley Creek. However, I had the whole day to kill and really wanted to do the larger loop, so I went back up and went right at the fork. There was a sign there but it was very hard to follow. I missed it the first time. Definitely go back one day, I think it was worth it and the the second half of the trail on Mount Joy was really a really good hike as well. I followed the link below for trail directions. It was pretty clear except for the fork part, and when you get to the bottom of mount misery, there was no parking lot. You just cross the road and go straight up the driveway past the estate.

hiking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hiked Mount Misery while here. Had wanted to do the big loop, but once up there and at the fork, went left and followed the trail and somehow ended up back at the road at the bottom of the mount... Disappointed there wasn't proper signage to help those that want to stay on the established trails. For those in the future, I think we went wrong at the creek: We took the trail that went up the bank and to the left, but I think the real trail is up the bank and to the right? Don't know for sure, that's my best guess.

hiking
Sunday, June 07, 2015

Actually ended up hiking two other trails in the Valley Forge park! Aside from some slight inclines, it was fairly easy. Lovely views of some historic sites, and very pretty wooded areas. The only downside is that in a lot of areas, you are hiking close to semi-busy roads, which creates noise pollution and takes away from the views. Overall, nice weekend day hike!

One other problem is that the maps of non-paved trails (essentially, trails that aren't the Joseph Plumb Trail) are pretty unclear and certain trails are unmarked. We used this person's guide http://gonehikin.blogspot.com/2011/02/valley-forge-national-historical-park.html and the description of the route was very clear and easy to follow!

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