Virtual Visitor Center

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With many changes to normal operations at Valley Forge due to COVID-19 response, this Virtual Visitor Center webpage has been designed by park rangers to provide essential information for a successful visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Top Visitor Questions

Q: What is currently open in the park? What about restrooms?

A: Visit the Current Conditions page to learn which buildings and restroom facilities are open. This information is regularly updated.

Q: What are the daily operating hours? What is available to see and do in the park?

A: Park grounds, including parking lots and some restrooms are open daily sunrise to sunset. Scroll down and view the "Things to Do" list created by Park Rangers to guide your visit.

Q: Is the Visitor Center open?

A: The Visitor Center is currently closed, but you can visit The Encampment Store bookstore and gift shop, located in the Visitor Center Parking Lot. The store is open 10AM - 4PM Thursday through Monday.

Q: Where can I find a park map?

A: You can view or download park maps and trail maps on our maps page.

Q: Is the park offering any Ranger-led tours or interpretive programs?

A: The park is not offering any in-person National Park Service tours or programs at this time, although there are many self-guided options to learn about the history of Valley Forge, see below.

Q: How can I learn more about the history of Valley Forge?

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Things to Do

  1. Walk and hike numerous trails in the park to visit historic areas with outdoor exhibits, interpretive waysides, and view exterior of historic structures.There are more than 30 miles of trails and 3,500 acres to explore in the park.
  2. Drive the encampment tour loop by car by following the blue line on the park map. The loop takes you to the key areas listed on the "Driving Tour Stops" below.
  3. Explore beautiful, lesser-known areas including walking trails along Valley Creek, Mount Joy and Mount Misery, the River Trail, Sullivan's Bridge, and the mown trails with the Grand Parade. View these areas on the trail map or the park map.
  4. Learn all about the history of the Valley Forge encampment through self-guided experiences, audio tours and online media.
  5. Visit other local, state and non-profit historic sites associated with the American Revolution adjacent to Valley Forge, including nearby attractions and the Patriot Trails.

Ranger Recommendations Organized by Length of Your Visit

1 Hour - Drive the encampment tour loop by following the blue line on the park map. This provides an excellent overview of the park and you can stop where desired.

2 Hours - Drive the encampment tour loop, stop at Muhlenberg Brigade, National Memorial Arch, Washington's Headquarters. Walk some of the paved/gravel trails along the route.

3+ Hours - Visit the areas described above, and choose to explore some of the beautiful, "lesser-known" areas mentioned in Things to Do above (#3). Consider visiting Hopewell Furnance National Historic Site, located 20 miles west of Valley Forge.

Driving Tour Stops

You can visit the majority of the park by following the blue line on the park map. There are nine major tour stops, maked with a green circle and number, on the park map. Check the Current Conditions page to check if your desired destination is open or closed.

1. Visitor Center
2. Muhlenberg Brigade
3. National Memorial Arch
4. Wayne Statue
5. Washington's Headquarters
6. Redoubt #3
7. Artillery Park
8. Steuben Statue
9. Washington Memorial Chapel

Frequently Asked Questions


What parking lots are currently open in the park?
Most parking lots are currently open, although we recommend you visit
the Current Conditions page to view the latest information on any parking lot restrictions or closures. Please park only in designated spots.

How can I participate in the Junior Ranger program?
You can download and complete a Junior Ranger booklet for Valley Forge. We're not able to mail Junior Ranger badges for completing the booklet at this time.

How can I get my National Park Passport book stamped?
You can stop by The Encampment Store, open 10am - 4pm Thursday through Monday to have your passport book stamped. The Encampment Store is located in the Visitor Center Parking Lot.

A relative or friend might have been at Valley Forge during the 1777-1778 encampment. How can I search for them?
You can visit the online Muster Roll Project sponsored by the Valley Forge Park Alliance to conduct this search.

Where can I learn more about area lodging, attractions, restarants and things to do?The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board provides an excellent online guide to the local area.

Where can you get an America the Beautiful Pass?
Valley Forge National Historical Park does not sell America the Beautiful Pass.
These passes are available for purchase at federal recreation sites that charge a fee.
Available for purchase online or by phone as follows:

http://store.usgs.gov/pass
1.888.ASK.USGS option 1
1.888.275.8747 option 1

Tips for Visiting and How to Protect the Park


1. Use the restroom before you arrive, take all trash with you. Please Recreate Responsibly, follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
2. Park in designated parking spots. If a parking lot is busy, please find another legal place to park. Vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed and vehicles that block emergency access (such as on roads or in front of gates) will be towed, as they present a serious safety hazard.
3. Please continue to practice social distancing, avoid large groups, and stay 6 feet away from others. Cover your coughs and sneezes. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Have Additional Questions? Email or Call a Park Ranger.

We're happy help plan your trip and respond to additional questions about visiting the park. Email a Park Ranger. Call a Park Ranger at (610) 783-1099.
 

Last updated: October 7, 2020

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