Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Michael A
    Chesapeake, Virginia1,101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Historic park
    Beautiful historic park. Be sure to visit the visitor center and watch the video. Take the ten mile loop to see the restored shelters, the memorial arch and Washington's headquarters. Don't miss Washington's headquarters, it's beautiful.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • SunshineMountains226
    Saint Louis, Missouri9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice half day stop with teens
    Family with 3 teens. Make sure to go to the visitor center to view the film and look through the museum. Must call to reserve a trolley guided tour- no online registration available. Did the driving loop through the park and used the cell phone tour. Recordings were hard to hear and some landmarks were either difficult to see or have changed since recording. Kids enjoyed the replica log shelters and Washington’s Headquarters where we came upon a Once Upon a Nation storyteller (well worth the time). Very close (5 minutes) to the city of King of Prussia with a wide variety of restaurants, hotels and other shopping options
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Douglas B
    75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big, beautiful, well funded National Park.
    A must see for any history buff. Extremely large park. Great for walking, jogging, or biking. Perfect for a motor scooter. Most of the park consist of monuments and reproductions and very little original structures. It does give a great history of what Valley Forge was before G. Washington made it famous. If you are not interested in history, it is just another large park. If you are in north Philadelphia area or shopping at the King of Prussia Mall (the second largest mall in the US) you could also stay at the casino less than a mile away from the park.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • JeffBreedlove
    Atlanta, Georgia4,347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History Happened Here
    This is a very special place where history happened. Allow several hours to fully enjoy your visit. There’s a nice video to see in the visitor center before you take the tour which I highly recommend . This is a truly moving experience Make sure you visit Washington’s headquarters that is a bit of a walk from the parking area down to the actual house, but it is well worth the short walk Go enjoy
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • mss12078
    Gloversville, New York419 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the stop
    A very nice welcome center. Movie every half hour is very informative and a good way to start the tour. We reserved the trolley tour which take about an hour and a half. The tour guide was very informative and you make two stops. The rangers at the two stops do an excellent job. After the Trolley tour did a couple of things on our own. Glad we stopped
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • amy v
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip .
    The park may be small but well worth the trip We did not take the trolley tour but walked the same route as the trolley. Each stop along the paths was well-marked with stunning views. The highlight was Washington Headquarters and the Park Ranger whose insight into living conditions, people, and daily life was informative without being dull or overwhelming.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Rumzzz
    Irving, Texas83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic beauty
    The park is well maintained and offers a safe 360° driving route across its outer borders, as well as several trails for pedestrians and cyclists. Even in harsh winter (December), this was beautiful, I can only imagine what it must be like in summer or spring. We didn’t need to pay to enter or drive around, although I suspect there are paid tours available.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Douglas B
    75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See for any history buff.
    My second visit and my son's first visit. A real revolutionary war buff could spend a full day or more exploring. Great place just to walk and enjoy a beautiful part of our nation's history.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Dean_Amy-2004
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania5,828 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The birth place of the American Army and training
    The visitor center video is worth the time to watch and get the background of what happened here and why it was significant for a new nation. The driving tour covers alot of area. Note some places are only open on the weekend now during the off season.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 12, 2024
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee2,327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely historical park!
    We were lucky enough to tour the park last year on a trip back home to PA as I had never been here despite growing up in PA. We stopped at the Visitor Center to grab a map and we did a self-guided driving tour, which allowed us to stop and see all of the sites in the park and go at our own pace. It's quite a large historical park and it was very interesting to learn more about what these people went through during the winter of 1777-1778. We got lucky and came on a beautiful day and it was wonderful to just walk around and learn history. We loved coming here and would recommend this park to anyone who loves American history!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
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MommaJage
Webster, NY278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We enjoyed a visit here on a warm spring afternoon. We paid for the downloadable audio tour and followed the 9 stops. It was a great way to explore the park and learn about the history of the area for less than $10. Audio was about 1 hour but with stops it will take 2-3 hours.

There was so much more to see and if we had more time we would have done some hiking or brought a picnic to enjoy.

It was a busy day so parking was tight at most stops. We were also disappointed that two stops on the tour were blocked off.

Gift shop and visitors center are closed. Rangers are available to pass out maps and Junior Ranger Badge packets.
Written March 29, 2021
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John C
Starkville, MS857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I probably haven't ever rated any site associated with the NPS lower than a 5 but that's because they are all SO significant. Valley Forge is no different. We arrived around 3:15, knowing it would get dark at 4:30-45 and were able to get the essence of the park in that short time frame, though we'd recommend you spend at least double that if you have the time. Probably the most powerful location in the whole park to us was Washington's headquarters - the original building our first president used as his HQ while at Valley Forge. Again, just tons of history to see and take in throughout VFNHP. But there's just something truly special about knowing you are standing in the same location as our forefathers did. Incredible place that is a bucket list item.
Written January 2, 2020
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LittlePaint
Urbandale, IA703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Good reminders about some of the American history lessons that my generation was taught in school... And that has likely been overlooked for the younger generations.

Having a visual image enhances and reinforces the book knowledge. I had no grasp of the vastness of that winter encampment. It boggles the mind how they managed the communications and logistics of feeding and housing that many men in adverse circumstances with the lack of technology we take for granted today.

Although the visitor center is still closed, you can still learn a lot on the driving tour. Pick up a map before you start though... If you can find one.
Written September 3, 2020
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Carol Ann J
Germantown, NY1,783 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Valley Forge National Historical Park is a place where one may spend as a couple hours or an entire day enjoying the twenty-six miles of trails and see many historical buildings. We were on our way home from central PA and decided to take a detour to see the park. Admission to the park itself is free. The visitor's center is a very nice building with a gift shop, restrooms, and rangers available to take about what the park has to offer. We had limited time; however, we picked up a map and did the self guided encampment tour which covers most of the main attractions in the park. To stay on the correct route be watchful of the small green and yellowish brown "Encampment Tour" route signs. There are other roads that cross through the park and make it confusing at times. Also, be mindful of bikers, and people walking who use the roads at times instead of the obvious sidewalks for pedestrians. There are parking areas near the major attractions to park and enjoy the areas. It is a worthwhile stop for those who like history or are in the area. There are bicycles for rent, and various programs and tours at times.
Written October 23, 2021
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ859 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
October is a beautiful month to tour Valley Forge. Although Washington did not fight any battles here, he chose the location for its natural defenses. We started at the visitor center and received good directions from a ranger. Unfortunately, the movie and walk around displays were not available for viewing, but the movie is viewable on-line. You drive along the park perimeter, stopping at the various sites. The park is shared with locals enjoying the walking paths, as Valley Forge is in an increasingly urbanized area facing traffic issues. Parts of the tour route are shared with local busy roads, however be sure to travel on the one-way peaceful inner drive through the forest. The National Memorial Arch is a highlight. Washington's quarters and adjacent train station were not available for touring due to recent flooding.
Written October 21, 2021
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Fantajan
Pretoria, South Africa338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We visited in late December which was fitting as it gave us a sense of what it would have been like for Washington and his troops to sure up in cold weather with no shelter. We only had a few hours so we watched the excellent introductory film which is narrated by Laura Linney. We spent some time in the museum which is really well done, particularly as it appeals to both adults and kids. I could have spent more time going through the exhibits but we booked the trolley tour. We were lucky to be the only customers for that tour so our guide, Amy, was able to personalize the experience to us and to stop in a few locations that aren't on the main tour. We also had lots of attention from the rangers who really helped bring Valley Forge history to life. This is clearly more than just a job for them. We enjoyed our chat with Steve and he was able to connect what was happening in Valley Forge with global events and trends (be sure to check out the exhibit he did on this on the second floor of the visitors center). He and our ten year old son got into a great conversation on British battles in South Africa and how they informed British military strategy. It was amazing to tour Washington's headquarters and to be in the same room where the general sat and strategized. Such a tiny place for so many people. I was happy to know that Washington paid to rent the place instead of commandeering it. I only wish we had had a few more hours for our visit. The park is beautiful and there is more we could have seen.
Written January 1, 2023
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Todd Jacobson
El Paso, TX79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
My family and I decided to tour the Valley Forge National Park on our way to the Philadelphia airport. We thought we would just quickly drive through the park, but didn’t realize how vast the area was. Settled on approximately 35,000 acres of land, Valley Forge is a great place to both view history and take a nice LONG walk with the family. There are many places to stop and see along the way with the occasional living museum exhibits. The end of our tour included a walk though the house that General George Washington occupied during the encampment of the Continental Army. Well worth the time and at zero cost. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in U.S. history, especially the Revolutionary War.
Written January 7, 2020
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Melaney68
Chesapeake Beach, MD9,621 contributions
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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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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1,830 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
With my day off from work, my husband and I visited two national historical parks in Pennsylvania on a late fall day. This historical park is free and features a lot of trails that Pennsylvanians enjoy walking, running and biking. This park is about the battle fought at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. It is about a 10 mile loop. You follow signs that say "Encampment Tour." Parts of it are on a very busy road that was difficult to turn left onto. The most interesting feature of this national historical park was the house that George Washington stayed in for 6 months. It is closed due to flood damage from Hurricane Ida in September. The visitor center is large and features a lot of gifts.
Written December 19, 2021
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Heidi C
Rockville, MD19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Buy the ~$7 audio tour at the visitors center and do the self-driving audio tour. The tour is easily accessed via your cell phone camera redirecting a QRL code to the audio. There are 9 stops on the tour with adequate parking. Each stop provides more narrative about the area and you can stop and restart the audio ad you take your time hiking around the park. Very well organized, easy to follow and sync with drive progress. Loved the period music that accompanies the narration.
Written October 30, 2021
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