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Statement from Valley Forge National Historical Park

Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service is unable to fully staff the properties under its management, including Valley Forge National Historical Park. All park buildings, including the Visitor Center and all restrooms, will be closed.

Park grounds, roads, trails and parking areas will remain open to the public. Park gates will be opened and closed at their normal times. State roadways (PA Rt. 23, Rt. 252 and Gulph Rd) and The Schuylkill River Trail will remain open through the park.

The National Park Service will not operate Valley Forge during the shutdown period, and no visitor services will be provided. Visitors should dial 911 in the event of an emergency. For more information visit

Your Oasis. Your History. Our Mission.

Washington’s Headquarters in Winter

Foresight has preserved and protected the Valley Forge legacy for over two hundred years, starting in 1877 when Anna Morris Holstein and the Valley Forge Centennial Memorial Association raised the money to purchase and preserve General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge. Today, the Valley Forge Park Alliance continues the foresight and work of its founders. We are the stewards of the past and advocates for the future.

Our mission is to inspire appreciation of and support for Valley Forge National Historical Park. Please support our mission by joining as a member, making a contribution, or becoming a volunteer.

SPECIAL ALERT: White-tailed Deer Fawn

white-tailed deer fawn Photo: Bill Moses

White-tailed deer fawns, born between mid-May and July, are one of the Park’s most engaging and beautiful creatures. Visitors concerned about these youngsters often pick them up or pet them, which may ultimately reduce their ability to survive. The best course of action when you see a fawn is to leave it alone. «read more»

National Trails Day

Saturday, June 2 8:30 am – 11:30 am Program Locations Vary Free Event

Celebrate America’s 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System. Try well-known trails or lesser known ones that will surprise and challenge you. Programs will be available for all ages and skill levels. All hikes, walks, and programs are free. Hikes and walks begin at 8:30 am. Pre-registration is required for most programs. «read more»

Visit for links to maps, routes, starting locations, and to pre-register.

July 4th Community Picnic in the Park

Wednesday, July 4 11 am – 3 pm Visitor Center and Mini Parade Free Event
Picnic in the Park

July 4th Community Picnic in the Park welcomes thousands of neighbors, families, and kids, plus visitors from around the country to celebrate our nation’s independence on the hallowed grounds of Valley Forge.

The day includes music, food, historical games, and crafts that teach more about the Valley Forge experience (but don’t tell the kids).

Volunteers Needed!
We need your help to make this annual event a success. A variety of positions are available. For more information or to sign-up click here.

Calendar at a Glance – Upcoming Events

6/16 Annual March-out of the Continental Army Commemoration
7/4 Annual July 4th Community Picnic in the Park • Volunteers needed
7/11 VFPA Night at Washington Memorial Chapel Carillon Concert. Rain date 7/18.
8/22 VFPA Crayfish Corps Day • advance registration required
9/11 VFPA bus trip to the Museum of the American Revolution • Fee required
9/29 National Public Lands Day
10/18 VFPA tour of Stoneleigh Mansion & Gardens, Villanova, PA • Fee required
10/23 Movie screening of Redcoats, voted best Local Short Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

For more information, email

Trail Tuesdays: Weekly Walks in the Park!

Tuesdays 10 am – 11 am walk starts at Alliance table in Visitor Center lower lot Free Event
Grab lunch at The Tavern at Valley Forge after your walk – 20% discount for members!
trail tuesdays

Join us for Trail Tuesdays as we walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled. Contact Molly Duffy for any questions at or call 484-886-5853.

Upcoming Topics

May 29 VFNHP Superintendent Steve Sims • Update on Park News and Happenings.
June 5 Gretchen Skwer, Paoli Hospital • Walk with a Nutritionist
June 12 Dr. Arthur from Experience Chiropractic • Importance of stretching for everyone
June 19 Domenica Libertella, RN, BSN, CRRN • Stroke Awareness: risk factors, preventative measures, and warning signs
June 26 Dr. Eric from Experience Chiropractic • Lower back pain


Saturday, June 16
10:30 am – 12 pm
Join Francine Axler for a moderately-paced hike on unpaved trails. Departs from Wilson Road parking lot

Email to add your name to our walkers list so that we can keep you informed about upcoming walks, schedule changes, and cancellations due to weather.

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