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    Valley Creek Trail

    Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
    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, Yellow Spring Trial and Horse-Shoe Trail.

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    Pathfinder | 175 pts
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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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    Berkley, PA
    Pathfinder | 140 pts
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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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    Willow Grove, PA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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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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    Columbia, MD
    Adventurer | 358 pts
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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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    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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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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    Hiking Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides)
    John L. Young
    "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
    John L. and Debra Young
    "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

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    Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia 19406; (610) 783-1000; www.nps.gov/vafo/index.htm
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