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Valley Forge NHP
Valley Forge NHP
There are 21 miles of authorized biking trails in the park. The paved, 6.6 mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail on the south side of the park connects the key historic and interpretive sites. On the north side, two miles of the paved, regional Schuylkill River Trail run through the park, with connections to sites in Montgomery County and Philadelphia. There also are 12 miles of flat, unpaved biking trails.
Over 227 species of birds have been observed within the park. Some of the best areas to observe birds are on Mount Joy, along Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River, and in meadows throughout the park.
Valley Forge NHP
Seventeen miles of designated horse trails are available to riders. In addition, horseback riders may also cross most open fields to link up with other horse trail sections to complete circuit rides. Caution should be used when crossing open areas because of holes and other hazards. To prevent damage to fragile historic resources and unsafe encounters in busy visitor areas, horses are prohibited in picnic areas, the vicinity of historic buildings, and tour stops (historic zones). Horse trailers may be parked in one of the following areas: the horse trailer area of the main Welcome Center parking lot, the Pawlings Road parking lot, or along the south side of the Walnut Hill access road.
To ensure your safety, and to protect sensitive historic and natural resources in the park, you must abide by these common-sense regulations:
-Some former trails have been closed to public use. They were closed because they are unsafe and cannot be made safe, or because using the trails destroys natural or historic resources. If a trail is not shown on this map, it is closed and public use is not permitted. Please be a part of protecting your natural and cultural heritage by staying off closed trails.
-Trails are designated for certain uses, as shown on the map, in order to prevent resource damage. Using trails for un-designated uses damages resources and is prohibited.
-Off-trail use by bicycles causes profound damage to cultural and natural resources and is prohibited.
-Parking is permitted only in areas shown on the map. Parking on the grass damages cultural and natural resources and is prohibited.
-The use of skates, in-line skates, skateboards, and roller skis endangers other trail users and is prohibited throughout the park.
-Trail use is at your own risk. Please use caution when using the trails as you may come in contact with raised roots, ice, and other naturally occurring elements.
Did You Know?
Port Kennedy Cave, located in what is now Valley Forge NHP, produced one of the most significant assemblages of Pleistocene fossils in North America. 14 plants and 48 animals are represented, including wolverine, Wheatley's ground sloth, long-nosed peccary, Hay's tapir, and lesser short-faced bear. More...