Hiking & Running
Nearly 20 miles of trails traverse Valley Forge National Historical Park, offering a multitude of opportunities for hikers and runners to see and explore at their own pace.
The 6.6-mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail passes many of the park's most iconic features. The River and Valley Creek trails are relatively flat for easy going while the Mount Joy and Mount Misery offer a hillier challenge. For long-distance hikers, the 140-mile Horseshoe Trail begins near Washington's Headquarters and connects to the Appalachian Trail north of Harrisburg.
With the Schulykill River and Valley Creek running through its center, Valley Forge National Historical Park is a haven for area fisherman. Valley Creek, which has a strict catch-and-release only policy, is home to brown trout, suckers, dace and chubs. The Schulykill River offers even more variety with smallmouth bass, walleye, brown trout, catfish, sunfish and even some muskies.
A Pennsylvania fishing license is required of all anglers 16 years of age and older. Please see the park's official fishing guide for full rules and regulations.
Valley Forge Park is home to 21 miles of biking trails. The 6.6-mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail connects the Visitor Center to some of the park's most recognizable historic sites including the Muhlenberg Huts, U.S. National Memorial Arch, Artillery Park, and Varnum's Quarters. The Schuylkill River Trail, which runs through the northern half of the park at Betzwood Picnic Area, connects the park to Center City Philadelphia to the east and Phoenixville to the west.
Bring a packed lunch and enjoy the peaceful surroundings at one of the park's three designated picnic areas. The Betzwood Picnic Area on the north side of the park has grills available to cook up a hot lunch. The U.S. National Memorial Arch provides a stunning backdrop at Wayne's Woods Picnic Area.
If you forgot to pack your lunch, grab a bite to go at the Chapel Cabin Shop and enjoy your meal in the nearby Varnum's Picnic Area off Route 23.
Each April, Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site of the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run®, a unique race that tests runners on the park's hilly terrain. The event also includes a 3-mile walk and a 1.776 kilometer (about 1 mile) Young Patriots Fun Run.