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Valley Forge Historical Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 839 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

The Valley Forge Historic Trail was put together by the Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout of America Council and the National Park Service. This hike is designed to offer recreation to adults and youth while providing a lesson on the history of the park. Scouts can earn a medal for completing the trail. The hike starts and ends at the Valley Forge Visitor's Center and covers 9 miles. Hiking this trail as intended requires a map and compass, along with the skills to use them (orienteering is required). There is little access to water on the trail, although water can be obtained about halfway through at the train station restrooms. Bring plenty of water to drink anyhow. For this trail to be experienced at its fullest, a Boy Scouts of America trail booklet can be purchased at the visitors center for under $3. The book provides a map, instructions on the steps to take, azimuths necessary to stay on course, and historical information to enhance your visit. Terrain- The terrain of the trail includes, fields, forests, paved paths, dirt trails, and many monuments and historical sites, which are all situated on rolling hills.

Parking is available near the visitor's center.

Valley Forge Visitor Center (610)783-1077 Boy Scouts of America, Cradle of Liberty Council (610)688-6900

Park Address 1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia, PA 19406 GPS Coordinates N 40 6.109 W 75 25.342 From Philadelphia, New Jersey and points southeast, via I-76 Schuylkill Expressway west: I-76 Schuylkill Expressway west to Exit 328A Stay Right and merge onto US 422 west Take Valley Forge exit onto Route 23 west Turn left at exit ramp and merge to the center lane Park entrance is straight through the first set of traffic lights (at intersection with N. Gulph Road) From Baltimore, Wilmington, DE, and points southeast, via US 202 north: US 202 north to US 422 west US 422 west to Route 23 west (1.8 miles) Turn left at the exit ramp and merge to the center lane Park entrance is straight ahead From New York and points northeast, via the Pennsylvania Turnpike: I-276 Pennsylvania Turnpike west to Exit 326 Exit 326 for Valley Forge **Use the right side of the tollbooth Turn Right at N. Gulph Road immediately after the tollbooth Travel on N. Gulph Road (1.8 miles) Park entrance is on the left at the Route 23 traffic light From Harrisburg and points west, via the Pennsylvania Turnpike: I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike east to Exit 326 Exit 326 for Valley Forge **Use the right side of the tollbooth Turn Right at N. Gulph Road immediately after the tollbooth Travel on N. Gulph Road (1.8 miles) Park entrance is on the left at the Route 23 traffic light From Pottstown and Reading PA, and points northwest, via US 422 east: Exit at Route 23 west Turn right at the exit ramp and merge to the center lane Park entrance is straight ahead

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Guiming Miao
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Hiking

It was a good walk with changes of surface and scenes along the trail. I managed to complete the entire trail, however it is not very well marked, so I ended up quite a detour in several places.

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Patrick Dunn
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Hiking

Easy and beautiful hiking trail

Jing Li
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Hiking

All paved road, can be done in any walking shoes. Not particularly shaded. Really just a walk with great view plus historical interests. Lots of parking along the way so you don’t have to do the whole loop.

Mountaineering Mark
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Hiking

Great trail with a lot of historical sites. Can’t say a bad thing about this park.

Elisa Mata
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Road biking

We followed the 7 mile paved loop around the park . It would say it is a moderately easy trail with some decent hills . Great scenery and sight seeing stops along the way !

Terri and Jason
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Hiking

Beautiful trail that takes you along the river and railroad tracks, through a part of the main driving path, and up two mountains. Parts were challenging and steep, but it was followed by flat areas to give you a relief. A great way to view parts of valley forge that you might not see on the driving tour. We started at George Washington’s headquarters and headed along the river. After climbing Mount Joy we decided to take the creek trail at the bottom of mount misery instead of climbing up.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

This is a mostly paved trail with little incline. The only section of incline is on mt misery. It was a great walk for those that just want a little exercise. It is mostly open but was cloudy and cool so I am not sure how hot it would be on a warm, sunny day. Overall a great walk.

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Corey Kumpula
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Hiking

Great walk, had beautiful views and was full of history.

Tonya Farmer
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Hiking

This was actually my first hike and it was great. The trail was beautiful.

Mr. and Mrs. Durham
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Sea Amundsen
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Hiking

Definitely a long trail but really fun, make sure you don’t deter off onto the mountain trail if you don’t want steep hills and loose rocks. The trail itself was great and a good morning hike on a weekend.

Joseph Gould
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Walking

95° plus day. Hot walk, however, well worth it.

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Emmilee Ringelberg
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Hiking

easy. pretty. humid

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Sachin Stephen
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Hiking

nice trail. easy walk. beautiful river and jungle scenery.

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Karen Bond
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Walking

Please be forewarned, this trail, if followed exactly as it's laid out, us NOT an 'EASY' trail. the first 5 miles (ish) are fine (when you leave the parking lot and head uphill). After you cross the street from George Washington's headquarters, the trail goes to the right over the bridge and then to the left. This takes you up Mt. Misery. It's not called Mt. Misery because it's easy! It is a very Rocky terrain up hill. If you take this trail and want to continue on an easy route, after you pass the church, the path takes you to a parking lot......go left to follow paved path, not across the street towards the picnic area. Enjoy the walk!

Erica Perlman
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Best horseback riding

Darren Long
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An abundance of historical value while walking with my wife and two schnauzers.

Majid Khorchid
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Wish they had a bike rental store in this location. Would really inspire people to experiment the great outdoors and spectate this extraordinary historical sight.

Ariel Good
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Walking

Took my Dalmatian and had a good long stroll through history. Very easy and marked well.

Dee T.
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Great historical walking trail

Michael Vannoy
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Great place to hike with the family. Lots of history and trails. Very fun.

Pete Bottiglier
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Hiking

great historical hike

Paige Madden
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Running

Great walking or running trail!

Jian Zheng
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Hiking

It is great trail!

John Scargill
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Hiking

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.

Lisa Merk
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Hiking

Great historical hike

Eric Mehring
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Hiking

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

Joe Schoell
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Hiking

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

Elizabeth Baumhauer
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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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