Valley Forge National Historical Park has over 35 miles of designated hiking trails. The paved 8.7 mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail connects many of the key historic and interpretive sites in the park, and the 5 mile loop section of that trail is especially popular for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. There are also unpaved and forested trails on Mount Joy and Mount Misery, trails next to Valley Creek and the Schuykill River, and the Grand Parade Trail goes through meadow habitat. Hiking is permitted in most open areas of the park. Please keep your pets on a leash at all times and throw waste in the provided trash and recycling receptacles.
There are 19 miles of authorized biking trails in the park. The paved, 8.7 mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail connects many key historic and interpretive sites. On the north side of the Schuykill River, two miles of the paved, regional Schuylkill River Trail run through the park, with connections to sites in Montgomery County and Philadelphia. Biking is allowed on all open park roads as well as some flat, unpaved trails.
To ensure your safety and to protect sensitive historic and natural resources in the park, you must abide by these common sense regulations:
Download the combined hiking, biking and horseback riding trail map, courtesy of the Valley Forge Park Alliance.
There are 18.2 miles of authorized bicycle trails within the park, marked as green and purple on the trail map above.
Authorized horse trails are marked as green and blue.
Joseph Plumb Martin Trail
8.7 miles total (5-mile inner loop)
Hilly with limited shade. 5-mile inner loop follows much of the Encampment Tour route and connects many of the park's historic sites. Named for a young Continental Soldier who camped at Valley Forge in 1777-78. Paved multi-use trail.
2.5 miles (one-way)
Shady trail with lengthy level stretches. Some steep sections with great views of the Schuylkill River. Unpaved.
Trails on Mount Joy
Hilly wooded trails with great views. Unpaved.
Trails on Mount Misery
Mount Misery Trail
Steep wooded trails with great views and experiences. Unpaved.
Valley Creek Trail
Mostly level trail along Valley Creek. Unpaved.
Very steep and wooded trail. Unpaved.
Steep woodland trail. Begins in park and connects with Appalachian Trail. Unpaved.
Trails on the North Side of the Schuylkill River
3 miles (one-way)
Shady level trail meandering along the Schuylkill River. Unpaved.
1 mile (one way)
Level trail that circles part of the historic Pawling Farm. Unpaved.
Wide multi-use trail that extends southeast to Philadelphia and northwest to Phoenixville. Connects with the Perkiomen Trail and Audubon Loop Trail. Can be accessed from points beyond the park. Paved.
Last updated: September 15, 2021