Joseph Plumb Martin Trail

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Joseph Plumb Martin Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
308 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

rails trails

views

1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia, PA 19406 Phone: Visitor Center 610-783-1099 Fax: 610-783-1053

walking
11 days ago

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.

2 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

It was nice. Very nice hike.

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!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The trail that is mapped here is just the paved loop around the main area of the park. The photos that are linked to this site can be misleading... there are many options in sidetrails to choose but the actual Joseph Plumb Martin Trail is paved. As a biker, I did half trail, half paved. There are a lot of walkers/joggers. If you want speed, please don't zoom past the walkers using this trail; stick to the roads and watch for the cars.

hiking
Sunday, January 04, 2015

Reliable easy walk. Paved so nice on a wet rainy day.

hiking
Monday, July 08, 2013

I love to do the 5 mile loop (I am not sure why it says 8.7 on here, but maybe taking into account other walks in the Valley Forge Park) but it is not really a hike. It is a paved walking loop for runners, walkers, bikers or anyone who would like to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Valley Forge Park. I love this Park, but I would not call is a hike. Try Mount Misery Hike in Valley Forge OR Mount Joy Hike instead

hiking
Thursday, June 27, 2013

I thought this trail was going to be more rugged and mostly in the woods. It was defiantly a long leisurely walk, but I would not consider it to be a hike. It was mostly paved and I was only in the woods for a short time, but it would be a good trail for running and you could finish it on a bike in no time at all. I am not sure if this trail is as long as it says it is because I finished it in no time at all really, but I guess it is mostly paved.

road biking
Sunday, June 09, 2013

Good trail for beginners, a little hilly towards the end but otherwise good. I would definitely go back and seeing the history was nice!

hiking
Saturday, September 22, 2012

If you want to ride a bike and see history 5 stars. If you want to see the woods and enjoy nature 1 star. Disappointment.

road biking
Friday, August 17, 2012

Now this was a WAY cool way to experience history on our bikes!!

hiking
Thursday, August 02, 2012

This is a great place to go to get into shape for longer treks. You would never know it is only miles outside of the city. Beautiful in the winter when it snows.

hiking
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Great trail. I was in town for training and made it out two days in a row to hike this one. I love the history and then disappearing into the woods to see how the area would have looked with George Washington traveled those hills.

hiking
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Hike, bike or drive. It offers a variety of scenic & historic wonders.

walking
Saturday, January 07, 2012

Valley Forge Park is a real gem, offering a wide variety of options year round. A major national historic point of interest, the park itself provides considerable history for those interested in bringing a family or travel group. The available trails cover a combination of open fields and semi-wooded and wooded trails with abundant bird and plant life. The Valley Creek Trail is a very easy and pleasant walk along a mostly shallow, bubbling creek filled with, unfortunately very polluted, fish.

There is a selection of both level and graded trails, giving you different options for how difficult you want to make your journey. In addition, with its high-level of interconnectedness, you can come up with routes of varying lengths quite easily without having to backtrack. The hill-top views from Mounts Joy and Misery are quite spectacular, with the smaller hills providing excellent views as well.

The park has trails available for walking, running, bike riding and horse-back riding. It is a popular destination for runners and road bikers looking for a hill challenge.

In addition to its own internal network of trails, the park is connected to the Horse-Shoe and Schuykill River Trails. This Horse-Shoe Trail connects the park with the Appalachian Trail, traveling through suburban and rural locations. It provides a slightly more adventurous option to your walking adventures if you are looking for something close to home but more challenging than the proverbial walk in the park. The Schuykill River Trail is primarily used by bike riders (though it's also popular with joggers and rollerbladers) coming from Philadelphia or further West.

All-in-all, Valley Forge Park is a great location with lots of variety that will make just about any individual or group happy.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2011

Valley Forge Park provides a beautiful setting for hiking & biking and I am fortunate enough that it is in "my back yard". The Mt Misery & Mt Joy trails, with their varied, gorgeous scenery during the different seasons, have enough steep hill to be great training for bigger mountains. I also enjoy an occasional bike ride around the 5-mile loop trail.

walking
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This is an easy loop for walking and biking. You can't beat the scenery any time of year. One of my fave places on earth!

trail running
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Great trails to run year round. There are some steep climbs if you want them, and a variety to stay interested

hiking
Sunday, September 19, 2010

This is very nice place for hiking for everyone.

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