Valley Forge National Historical Park

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, SIGHTSEEING AND KIDS 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. 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. 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. ACCESS 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.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Trail Signage: Good
Estimated Distance (Kms): 8.04
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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