Visiting Valley Forge During COVID-19
As the NPS monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit America’s national parks, face masks are required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and historic homes.
Visit the Virtual Visitor Center to learn more about what to see and do at Valley Forge.
Tips for Visiting and Protecting the Park
Formal Program Postponement
Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, park-sponsored in-person programs and events are postponed until further notice.
Roads and Trails
Weekend Closure of North Outer Line Drive
On Saturdays and Sundays, North Outer Line Drive may be temporarily closed to motor vehicles during periods of heavy recreational use. Please use an alternative driving route.
Chapel Trail Closure
A short portion of the Chapel Trail, beginning 1/2 mile east of the Washington Memorial Chapel to the intersection with the Sullivan's Bridge Trail, will be closed through Summer 2020 due to the U.S. 422 Schuylkill River Bridge construction project and additional construction along Cinder Lane.
As an alternative, visitors can use the Joseph Plumb Martin trail that parallels the approximate route of the Chapel Trail - on the south side of Valley Forge Park Road / PA Route 23. You can find almost 30 miles of additional trail options on our trail map, available at https://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/maps.htm
Mt. Joy Social Trails
An unauthorized social trail on Mt. Joy will be permanently closed and remediated in 2020. A map of the trail closure, along with authorized neighboring trails on Mt. Joy, is available here.
Last updated: April 2, 2021