Cycle Philadelphia, Sightseeing and Kids Friendly Ride, Valley Forge National Historical Park
There are over 20 miles of trails (some paved, some packed gravel) open to bicycles in the park. The five mile route outlined here goes through the more popular areas.
The ride through Valley Forge follows a narrow, paved path that winds through open space, a few wooded areas, and monuments to the American Revolution.
The paved path can have heavy bicycle and pedestrian traffic on weekends. Some cyclists prefer the tour roads that run alongside sections of the path.
You have a few options, my favorite being the Norristown/Manayunk line to Norristown Transportation Center (and then bike the four-ish miles on the Schuylkill River Trail to Valley Forge; the park is just over the Schuylkill River and up the hill to the left). Septa bus routes 125 and 139 stop near the visitor center, where there is also plenty of parking.
Food and Drink
The Washington Memorial Chapel, towards the end of this ride, operates a small cantina called the Cabin Shop. It’s open daily from 10 to 5, and it sells cold drinks, baked goods, and even better: kitschy colonial souvenirs.
Pick up a Valley Forge National Park self tour brochure, produced by the U.S. Department of Interior. It will provide you with much more detailed information regarding the history of the park, and help you to understand the significance of its many monuments.
You’ll start out near the visitor center – be sure to stop in and pick up some additional literature about the monuments you’ll pass along the way. Heading southwest on the bike path next to Outer Line Gulph Road. Soon you’ll see the National Memorial Arch. You’ll follow the bike path around the arch towards Wayne’s Woods. This section of the path runs adjacent to South Outer Line Drive. Before coming to the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail. This trail follows the curves of the North Inner Line Drive.
At the top of the Plumb Martin Trail, you’ll pass Varnum’s Quarters, the von Steuben Statue, and the Washington Memorial Chapel, an Episopal Church built in honor of George Washington. The downhill after the chapel is so long and so fun! Depending on your skill level, you may feel more comfortable taking the adjacent road, Route 23, down the hill. Once safely at the bottom, you’ll climb a short incline up the path back to the visitor center.
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