Trails and Horse Paths
Download the combined hiking, biking and horseback riding trail map, courtesy of the Valley Forge Park Alliance (2018).
The park contains 19.5 miles of designated, marked, hiking trails. The 6.6 mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail connects the key historic and interpretive sites. The Horseshoe Trail begins near Washington's Headquarters and runs to the Appalachian Trail. Other hiking trails include such footpaths as the relatively flat River and Valley Creek trails, and the hilly trails on Mount Joy and Mount Misery. In addition, hiking is permitted in most open areas of the park. While hiking in the park please keep your pets on a leash at all times.
To prevent damage to fragile historic resources and unsafe encounters in busy visitor areas, horses are prohibited in picnic areas, the vicinity of historic buildings, and tour stops. Horse excrement needs to be removed (by owner or person having custody of animal) from all paved walkways, roads and parking areas.
Horse trailers may only be parked in one of the following areas:
Last updated: August 20, 2018