Valley Forge Run Through Time

A line of runners pass across a grassy area in front of a concrete arch.

Join us in a journey through history along the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail. Enjoy a 5-mile walk/run through the park, and experience the combination of nature, history and fun. You can virtually pass through time as you enjoy the outdoors here at Valley Forge. While you may be training, exercising, or even just getting a breath of fresh air, learn about the land that forged the Continental Army over 200 years ago.

Use this trail map to find all nine timeline markers.

Follow the image-links on the bottom of each page to learn more, or to navigate the timeline.

Continental Soldiers march through the darkness.

December 19, 1777

The Continental Army arrives at Valley forge.

Soldiers huddle around a compfire.

December 22, 1777

Washington alerts Congress about bad conditions.

Log huts sit in the snow under a clear blue sky.

January, 1778

Huts are built, and the army digs in for the winter.

An engraving of General Washington inspecting the soldiers in deplorable conditions.

February 24, 1778

Death, disease and desertion cause the army to shrink to 6,000 soldiers.

A painting of Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene

March 3, 1778

Nathanael Greene is appointed Quarter-master General.

The head and shoulders of a statue of a Continental Army General.

March 24, 1778

Baron von Steuben starts training the Continental Army.

Continental Army musicians stand in line in front of a regiment outdoors in a field.

May 6, 1778

News of the French Alliance reaches Valley Forge.

An African American Continental Rifleman cradles his rifle outdoors.

May 15, 1778

The racially integrated First Rhode Island Regiment arrives.

Continental Soldiers march down a paved road.

June 19, 1778

The army marches out of Valley Forge.

Last updated: April 15, 2016

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