'78 Mile Challenge
Join the National Park Service to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People by participating in the ‘78 Mile Challenge along the trails, roads, and waterways within Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Participants are able to run, walk, bike, hike, or paddle to complete the challenge. Keep track of miles you've accumulated in the park and when you reach that magic number - 78 - you will earn a special prize that places you in that elite group of outdoor enthusiasts. The number 78 recognizes 1778, the year George Washington’s army struggled, trained, and eventually persevered right here at Valley Forge.
The challenge takes place May 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018.
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, take a hike, enjoy a walk at Valley Forge National Historical Park you can record your miles. You can attend park programs such as History Hikes or Ranger Led Walks to earn more miles as well. Consult the Maps and Brochures page for more information about trail distances.
3. Claim your prize
Once you have reached 78 miles, bring your completed log form into the Visitor Center. Park staff will verify your form and issue your prize! Please note prizes will not be available for pick-up until June 1, 2018.
In addition to the standard prize, the first fifteen finishers will receive a t-shirt courtesy of the Valley Forge Park Alliance!
Kids ChallengeAll participants 12 years old and younger are invited to collect stickers as they complete the challenge. Come into the Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitors Center after you complete 25 miles to get your achievement stickers! NPS staff will distribute mileage specific stickers for kids who complete 25 mi., 50 mi., and then 78 mi. It’s a great way for kids to monitor their progress!
Bring Your Pet Along for the Challenge
Follow us on Facebook to learn more about opportunities to earn miles! We'll be posting to advertise guided recreational opportunities. You can share your experience online using #VF78mi.
Park ProgramsVisitors are encouraged and welcome to attend any one of these scheduled programs throughout 2018 and count the distance towards their 78 miles. For more information about these or other events at Valley Forge National Historical Park, please be sure to check out our Schedule of Events.
Ranger Led Walks: This free, ranger-guided 1/4 mile walk explores the Valley Forge winter encampment and its impact on the American Revolution. The schedule is as follows: April 1 through June 18 weekends at 10:50 am and 2:50 pm; June 19 through September 4 daily at 10:50 am, and 2:50 pm; September 5, 2016 through October 30 weekends at 10:50 am and 2:50 pm.
History Hikes: Join a park ranger as they take you along some of Valley Forge’s trails, explaining the history of the park along the way. This brand new program is a great way to learn some history while getting some miles in. Please check back for dates and times.
Trail Tuesdays: Join the Valley Forge Park Alliance for Trail Tuesdays as they walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome. The walk is about 2 miles and lasts about one hour. Walks are held Tuesdays 10 am – 11 am and begin at Alliance table in Visitor Center lower lot.
Bird Walks: 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. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles and will last about 2 hours. The schedule is as follows: May 8 & 22 at 7:30 am; June 12 & 26 at 7:30 am; July 10 & 24 at 7:30 am; August 14 & 28 at 7:30 am; September 11 & 25 at 8 am; and October 9 & 23 at 8 am. Meet in the Artillery Park Parking lot on East Inner Line Drive.
The Encampment Store Bike Tours: The Encampment Store’s fun and knowledgeable tour guides will lead your group on a bicycle tour past beautiful forests and meadows (and a couple small hills!) while sharing the history of the Valley Forge Encampment. Private guides are available with advanced reservation for any day that the bike rental is open or for groups of 10+ (guides can also be available any day for groups that bring their own bikes). 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 or to schedule a tour, please call 610-783-1074 or visit encampmentstore.org.
Last updated: May 15, 2018