Valley Forge National Historical Park
The men and women of the Continental Army were ordinary men and women like many of us, but these everyday men and women were thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the collective sacrifices and dedication of the Revolutionary War generation, it pays homage to the ability of everyday Americans to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times. Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times. Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The hardships of the encampment claimed the lives of one in ten, nearly all from disease. Despite the privations suffered by the army at Valley Forge, Washington and his generals built a unified professional military organization that ultimately enabled the Continental Army to triumph over the British. These days, Valley Forge is a popular destination for visitors looking for a combination of history and outdoor recreational activities. There are several trails through the park that offer a variety of terrain for hikes, horseback riding, or biking. Valley Forge is also one of the largest open spaces in southeastern Pennsylvania with 3,500 acres containing habitats for hundreds of plants and animals including 200 species of birds. Walking and trolley guided tours travel throughout the park, stopping at destinations such as Muhlenberg Brigade Huts and Washington's Headquarters.
Seasonality / Weather
Winters at Valley Forge are cold and damp with a cool spring and fall and a hot and humid summer. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for outdoor recreation during the snowy wintery season.
From New York, and points northeast, and from Harrisburg and points west, via the PA Turnpike (Interstate 76/276): Get off at Exit 326 (old exit 24) - "Valley Forge." Use right side of tollbooth. Take Valley Forge exit just beyond tollbooth. Sign says Exit 327 (old exit 25) Valley Forge. Head north on N. Gulph Rd for approximately 1.5 miles - just after N. Gulph becomes 2 lane, turn left at traffic light at top of hill into park entrance. From Philadelphia and points southeast, via the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76 west): Get off at Exit 327, the last exit before tollbooth. Sign says, "Exit 327 (old exit 25), Mall Blvd." Make right at first traffic light. At next light make right onto N. Gulph Rd. Go north on N. Gulph Rd for approximately 1.5 miles - just after N. Gulph becomes 2 lane, turn left at traffic light at top of hill.
SEPTA Bus Route 125, stops at the Valley Forge Welcome Center, the near-by Sheraton Hotel, and King Of Prussia Mall. SEPTA Bus Route 139, stops near the Visitor Center at the intersection of PA 23 and Outer Line Drive, and also at the Washington Memorial Chapel on PA 23