"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"Climb rocky hills and traverse old fields alongside a meandering creek in a rural landscape imbued with American history." Read more
"Joseph Plumb Martin joined the Continental Army in 1776 as a 15-year-old boy. He served through the entire length of the war and left it in 1783 a 22-year-old man. Along the way, he was one of the few common soldiers to write about his experiences. His notes provide invaluable and colorful details about what it was like to be a Revolutionary War soldier.
The hike here follows—for the most part—a trail named in his honor. Begin at the Valley Forge Visitor Center. It’s home to a tremendous amount of information, with informational panels and exhibits, not to mention a life-size George Washington mounted on a white horse. You enter the center on one floor, then exit it on one higher." Read more