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Valley Forge Historical Trail

EASY 131 reviews

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.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 839 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


bird watching



partially paved


wild flowers


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.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

4 months ago

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.

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

easy. pretty. humid

6 months ago

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

8 months ago

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!

11 months ago

Best horseback riding

Mon Nov 19 2018

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

Sat Nov 03 2018

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.

Sat Aug 25 2018

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

Sun Jun 03 2018

Great historical walking trail

Thu Sep 07 2017

great historical hike

Tue Aug 01 2017

Great walking or running trail!

Sat Jul 29 2017

It is great trail!

Fri Jul 28 2017

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.

Fri Jun 30 2017

Great historical hike

Sat May 06 2017

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

Mon Feb 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

Tue Jun 28 2016

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.

Mon Jun 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!

Wed Apr 13 2016

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

Sun Feb 28 2016

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

paddle sports
Sat Sep 19 2015

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

Mon Aug 03 2015

Good one for beginners.

Sun Jul 05 2015

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

Fri Jul 03 2015 for below review :)

Sat Jun 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.

Sat May 23 2015

Hiked Mount Misery in the fall. Great difficult workout. Then decided to take Mount Joy back thinking it would be easier. No go! Almost as tough as Mount Misery

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