Join the National Park Service and the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative by participating in the ‘78 Mile Challenge at Valley Forge National Historical Park!
What is it?
The '78 Mile Challenge is fun a way to commemorate your outdoor recreation at Valley Forge! Participants can run, walk, bike, hike, or paddle on the trails, roads, and waterways within the park to complete the challenge.
Keep track of the miles you have accumulated within the boundaries of Valley Forge National Historical Park, and when you reach that magic number - 78 - you will earn a special prize that places you in an elite group of outdoor enthusiasts. The number 78 signifies 1778, the year that George Washington’s army struggled, trained, and eventually persevered right here at Valley Forge.
The 2021 challenge begins on April 17 along with the beginning of the Virtual Revolutionary Run event.
How It Works
1. Download the log form
Follow this link to download the official ‘78 Mile Challenge log form. Print it out and then get outside at Valley Forge!
2. Track your miles
Every time you go for a run, enjoy a walk, take a bike ride, or paddle the three miles of the Schuylkill River located within Valley Forge you can record your miles. Consult the Maps and Brochures page for more information about trail distances. Remember, for the mileage to count, it must be completed within the park and accomplished under your own power- sorry, no power assist devices such as e-bikes are allowed for this challenge.
3. Claim your prize
Anytime between May 27th and October 31st, 2021, you can bring your completed log to the Visitor Center where park staff will verify your form and issue your prize! Please call 610-783-1099 for additional information.
In addition to the standard prize, the first fifteen finishers will receive a t-shirt courtesy of the Valley Forge Park Alliance!
All participants 12 years old and younger are invited to collect stickers as they complete the challenge. Visit the Valley Forge National Historical Park Information Station after you complete 25 miles to get your achievement sticker!
Remember to Recreate Responsibly!
Park and Partner Programs
Join the Valley Forge Park Alliance for Trail Tuesdays as they walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Meet in the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 10am mid-April- May and September- May. Meet at the Wilson Road (or Yellow Springs) Parking lot at 10 am June- August.
Join the Valley Forge Park Alliance and local birders on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month for a fascinating bird walk. See or hear different species in a variety of seasons and habitats such as meadow, edge and woods. Walk is intended for birders of all levels, beginners welcome and encouraged. Please bring your own binoculars and/or bird book. Walks begin April 13th through October. Please meet at 8am at Artillery Park. NEW for this year- Registration is REQUIRED for Bird Walks! To register please email Marie Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Encampment Store Bike Tours
Coming in May 2021! Private guides will be available with advanced reservation for groups of 10+. Tours can be scheduled as two hours / five miles in length or three hours / seven miles in length and make stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade hut site, National Memorial Arch, Artillery Park and the Grand Parade (three-hour tour adds Washington’s Headquarters). Tours depart from the bike rental stand. For more information including pricing, scheduling a tour, or for more information on bike rentals, please call (610) 551-7870 or visit The Encampment Store website.
Last updated: July 19, 2021