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: 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?
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.
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
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:
1.888.ASK.USGS option 1
1.888.275.8747 option 1
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.
Last updated: October 7, 2020