Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park
4.5
Historic Sites • National Parks • Battlefields
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Valley Forge National Historical Park, one of more than 400 national parks managed by the National Park Service, is a 3,452 acre national park located approximately 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Valley Forge National Historical Park is nationally significant as the location of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Few places evoke the spirit of patriotism and independence, represent individual and collective sacrifice, or demonstrate the resolve, tenacity and determination of the people of the United States to be free as does Valley Forge. The historic landscapes, structures, objects, and archeological and natural resources at Valley Forge are tangible links to one of the most defining events in our nation’s history Here the Continental Army under Washington's leadership emerged as a cohesive and disciplined fighting force.
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1Jaybee1
Newport News, VA1,280 contributions
Beautiful park for walking and history
Sep 2021
Valley Forge was beautiful the day I went. People were out walking and jogging. There is a lot of history here. The best parts to me were the visitor center and the Arch.
Written September 8, 2021
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Tamba5
New England193 contributions
Don't bother with the audio tour!
Aug 2021
We spent $7 on the audio and now consider it a donation to the park because we couldn't get the cell audio to work at all. After we bought it we were told A LOT of people were having trouble getting it to work. Gee wish you told us that when you were selling us on it!!

The park itself without the audio tour is interesting and worth a visit. It is well interpreted. The gift shop / welcome is nice. The bathroom in here is nice, clean, and large.

Rangers were knowledgeable.

There is a lot of walking but there are also drop off areas near most points of interest. You cannot leave your cars there but can drop off and park.

Highlights include the cabins and Washington's Headquarters,
Written August 29, 2021
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Houdiniman7
Norfolk, VA151 contributions
Adventure awaits
Feb 2021 • Couples
My wife and I live close by and no matter what time of year we go, we always seem to find something new to photograph. Great place for hiking, running and biking with plenty of trails.
Written August 28, 2021
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sloomis31
Bristol, WI877 contributions
Washington Was Everywhere!
Aug 2021
Valley Forge is a must see for any history lover who finds themselves in Philadelphia. The folks at the visitors center were friendly and willing to help me load up the audio driving tour you can listen to via your smartphone. We picked up a map, bought a few souvenirs, and set out on our trip. The park is well-preserved with points of interest of all kinds (monuments, cabins, statues, open fields, churches). And even a cool white covered bridge. Washington's headquarters is set back off the road, but it offers lots of places to learn. At one point descending Mt. Joy we saw a groundhog and a deer. Towards the end of the tour, you get the chance to see the huge Parade Grounds field where the army formed up for review. All in all a fascinating and low-key visit no matter your age or interests.
Written August 19, 2021
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Alan B
Newtown, CT62 contributions
Find out what you never learned
Jul 2021 • Family
It's a beautiful park with lots of hiking and biking trails. But also a great dive into an important part of Revolutionary War history. Much to see and you will learn many things from rangers and staff if u ask questions.
Written July 31, 2021
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amalco2
Columbia, MD216 contributions
Wonderful day trip!
Jul 2021 • Friends
We purchased the audio tour from the Encampment Store for $9.95 and that really enhanced our experience driving around the park. We also completed the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet (available with the maps at the visitor center) which provoked extra questions and discussions along the way.

While the audio tour only lasts one hour, between that and getting out to walk around at the stops, we spent just under four hours at the park doing the loop. We made sure to be at stop #2 on the hour to catch the rangers presentation, which we loved and totally recommend planning on. There were lots of people on bicycles sharing the road and you can rent bicycles from a tent outside the visitor center parking lot. It seemed a little hilly for us and we were very happy driving between stops to have the air conditioning and a quick break from being on our feet.
Written July 18, 2021
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Melaney68
Chesapeake Beach, MD8,977 contributions
Hot in the Summer
Jul 2021 • Friends
There weremultiple stops and places to visit as you drive through Valley Forge. I would suggest starting at the Visitor’s Center to plan your stops and get a map. If you have young children be sure to ask the Ranger for a Junior Ranger guide. The gift shop has toys, books, clothing and snacks. Take water with you because the heat is intense in the summer. Bikes were available to rent and the paths were throughput the park. Highlights included Washington’s headquarters, (the buildings were closed) the arch, and statues and dwellings throughout the park.
Written July 16, 2021
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Corey H
5 contributions
Great day trip
Jun 2021 • Family
This was a great day trip with my 6 and 9 year old. I would suggest setting aside an entire day to walk the grounds and learn as much as you can about the encampment. We drove the park and felt it was good but walking may have been the better option.
Written July 1, 2021
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Dandlit
Ottawa, IL174 contributions
Awesome stop
Jun 2021 • Couples
Greta stop. I biked the path in the AM, bout 7 miles with some very nice elevation changes.
Later my wife and I walked it and read plaques, about 5 miles. Then….. we took one of the recorded auto tours. It was great. We loved the History and the thought of what had taken place was thought provoking.
Would go again!
Written June 30, 2021
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WaJello
1,265 contributions
Nice Maintained History
Jun 2021 • Family
If you’re looking for a nice walk this is definitely the place for you. It appears that locals use this area to get their steps in. There is plenty to see by driving as well. At the entrance there are maps to follow as well as an optional $3 audio tour you can download.

The stops all have enough enough information without being overwhelming. I would recommend doing your research on the order of events though because it might be more fun to visit the places in order of how the events took place (in Philadelphia).

The only frustrating part was that when we arrived (at opening) that is when the rangers decided to start cleaning the bathrooms. There were a number of unhappy people.
Written June 30, 2021
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