County Line Road is closed Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to heavy construction related to the asbestos remediation project. This closure applies to all vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian traffic.
Rehabilitation of General von Steuben Statue Plaza
Construction is underway on a new overlook and entrance to the Grand Parade meadow in the center of the park. The Grand Parade is the space where General von Steuben brought together and trained Continental troops in 1778, and many people regard it as the birthplace of the American army. It also is the park’s largest meadow and has exceptional value as habitat for a variety of animals. With the completion of the Asbestos Release Site remediation project, the ongoing filling and restoration of former quarries, and a new meadow management plan underway, we are gradually opening trails into the Grand Parade.
The work is being accomplished in partnership with the Valley Forge Park Alliance and thanks to a generous donation from a local family as well as funds from REI, the park and the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board's Annual Revolutionary Run, and a grant from the Schuylkill Highlands. The overlook with the statue of the general is being rebuilt and enlarged with accessible flagstone paving, seating, a shade pergola, and plantings representative of the meadow. A timber-framed shelter is under construction at a quiet spot in the center of the Grand Parade. Interpretive and directional signage is in design and will be added at key points. More features will be added over the next few years.
You don’t have to wait - the trails already are mown, and you can enter from a point behind the Monument to Patriots of African Descent, from the Maurice Stephens House, from a point at the bottom of the hill at the von Steuben plaza, and from Baptist Trace Road between Gulph Road and Route 23. Come explore!