Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) is unable to fully staff the properties under its management, including Valley Forge National Historical Park. All park buildings, including the Visitor Center and all restrooms, will be closed.
Park grounds, roads, trails and parking areas will remain open to the public. Park gates will be opened and closed at their normal times. State roadways (PA Rt. 23, Rt. 252 and Gulph Rd) and The Schuylkill River Trail will remain open through the park.
During the shutdown period the NPS will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, operate or provide restrooms, maintain roads or walkways (including plowing and ice melting), or provide visitor information and services.
Park visitors are advised to use caution if choosing to enter NPS property, as NPS personnel will not be available to provide guidance, assistance, maintenance, or emergency response. Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk. Visitors should dial 911 in the event of an emergency.