Valley Creek Trail

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania 19496

Distance1.0mi
Elevation Gain125ft
Trailhead Elevation106ft
Top142ft
Elevation Min/Max90/142ft
Elevation Start/End106/106ft

Valley Creek Trail

Valley Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It is within Valley Forge National Historical Park. It is a mile long and begins at 106 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 125 feet. Near the end of the trail is a wetland. This trail connects with the following: Wolfinger Trail and Yellow Spring Trial.

Valley Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Visit one of the most important sites in American history.Walk through the encampment where Gen. George Washington and 11,000 of his patriot soldiers spent the harsh winter of 1777–1778 after suffering two crushing defeats in Philadelphia.

Highlights are the reconstructed soldiers’ huts, the Washington Memorial Chapel, the Memorial Arch, and the statue of Baron Frederic von Steuben, the Prussian military leader who volunteered to change Washington’s army from a dissolute band of irregulars into a disciplined fighting machine."

"The park was originally a state park but joined the national park system in 1976. And it’s huge: a whopping 3,500 acres. There’s a visitor center and museum where visitors can learn all about the Revolutionary War and Valley Forge’s place in history. There are also iconic log cabins that are a must-see while you are in the area. But all of that is for before or after your hike!

The Chapel Trail is a shady, quiet hike in an otherwise bustling national park that focuses on Revolutionary War history. For this hike, parking is near Washington’s Headquarters. When you visit the headquarters, you will actually be stepping into the house Washington lived in while planning the military’s next moves in the war."

"Today Valley Forge Park is a peaceful oasis close to the sprawl of Philadelphia. Inside the park, all is serene. Joggers and bikers are everywhere, and the twentieth century's pace doesn’t intrude on the green fields.

The park has a trail for biking and hiking. You can also rent bikes here. The road surface is very good."

"This 6.7-mile loop is not so much a bike ride as it is a journey through history. Valley Forge, aside from its historic significance, is a beautiful spot for hiking, jogging, biking, kite-flying, and even cross-country skiing. Still, the main attraction here is undoubtedly the winter encampment of General George Washington. While passing through the park, on can only begin to imagine the conditions Washington's troops had to endure that winter of 1777-78.

Small, crowded huts and meager rations, combined with a harsh and deadly winter, made camp-life almost unbearable. Over 2,000 men perished form typhoid, pneumonia, dysentery, and other diseases over the course of the winter. You can spend the better part of a day trying to see what the entire park has to offer. My suggestion would be to ride the bike path, bring a lock for your bike, and stop at the many historical sights along the path. Terrain: Asphalt path."

"Visit one of the most important sites in American history. Walk through the encampment where General George Washington and 11,000 of his patriot soldiers spent the harsh winter of 1777–1778 after suffering two crushing defeats in Philadelphia.

Highlights are the reconstructed soldiers’ huts, the Washington Memorial Chapel, the Memorial Arch, and the statue of Baron Frederic von Steuben, the Prussian military leader who volunteered to change Washington’s army from a dissolute band of irregulars into a disciplined fighting machine."

"Most people come to Valley Forge National Historical Park to learn history, but don’t forget that the park has 19 miles of marked hiking trails throughout. And, while the other hike at Valley Forge is easier, this hike has some really nice elevation change and will give you a good workout.

You’ll pass a number of historical buildings, including Washington’s Headquarters, where Washington lived when he and his troops camped out during the Revolutionary War. Cross PA 23 at the pedestrian walkway and turn right onto a footpath that will take you across a bridge and to the trailhead."

"Climb rocky hills and traverse old fields alongside a meandering creek in a rural landscape imbued with American history."

"This is a place for a pleasant ride, but not necessarily a fast one. The trail enjoys heavy use, so expect to share it with many other bicyclists, as well as walkers, runners, and rollerbladers. The bikeway goes through one of the most heavily industrialized areas in the country.

Many factories, working and abandoned, line the course, but in most areas tress actually block the view of the river. Early in the ride, you'll pass through the boroughs of Norristown and Conshohocken. Be careful at the street crossings. Frequently, bikers must stop for cars. The road surface is good and bad."

Valley Creek Trail Reviews

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5/6/2018
Great place to hike with the family. Lots of history and trails. Very fun.
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9/7/2009
The trail hasn't changed much since the last reviewer's report in 2003, except that it's been extended to Monte Claire (beyond VF). Manyunk is still a horrible part of the trail; and the cobblestone part occurs on a small hill making it even more challenging. As with several other bikers, we got lost in Manyunk (nothing tells you where to go when you come off the canal towpath). we turned left on a trail marked 'bike path' (about half a mile too soon) and ended up on a pretty rough Wissihickon Trail for a few miles before turning around and heading back (we were at the 22-mile point having riden from New Providence). Being on Labor Day weekend, the trail was very crowded but passage at any speed was still no problem. There have been reports in the recent past of people being attacked or wire strung across the trail near Philly; and police/sheriff's dept have apparently beefed up patrols (we saw 4 different police patrols during our ride). Pretty ride, mostly shaded, very flat, mostly paved. Just wish it was a little better marked in Manyunk and they got ride of the cobblestone/rough trail on the Canal Towpath.
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9/2/2009
I rode from the Conshocken train station to Manayunk, where we had lunch at LeBus restaurant, then returned. The trail is mostly flat and shaded, and close to the Schuylkill river, so it is a good choice for a hot day.
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7/4/2009
This hike takes you to most of the historical areas that are open to the public. It's mostly paved though you can take typical trails in the area near George Washington's HQ. There are restrooms, deer, many local people using the trail for exercise, a visitors center, a snack bar, a chapel with a store that also sells food, and it's an easy loop, however 6.7 miles is wrong. It is 8.7 if you follow the paved portion including the trek to GW's HQ and back, and closer to 9 if you take the non-paved trail into the HQ. Bring water - much of the paved trail is absent of shade. It's a worthwhile trip. You can also rent a bike or bring your own and ride it. There is also a free bus for those that prefer to skip the hiking.
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7/24/2002
Please be careful while biking on these trails. A man was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing a roadway that the trail crossed on July 24th.2002 at Memorial Arch. Stop signs for multi-use trail travelers are set back some 15-20 feet from the road crossings. These crossings can be confusing if great care is not practiced at crossroads in regard to vehicular traffic. The bicyclist was wearing his helmet.
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Trail Information

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Nearby City
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
610-783-1000; nps.gov/vafo
Local Contacts
USGS Valley Forge
Local Maps

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Jul 2018