Valley Forge was the site chosen by General Washington for the encampment of the American Continental Army over the winter of 1777-1778 during the American Revolutionary War. Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation; Valley Forge was where a new, confident, professional American army was born. Most importantly, it was there that a vigorous, systematic training regime transformed ragged, amateur troops into a confident 18th century military organization capable of defeating the Red Coats in the open field of battle. It honors the ability of citizens and their leaders to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.
Valley Forge National Park offers a variety interpretive and education programs as well as guided tours and special events throughout the year. The Park contains over 28 miles of outdoor trails for walking, running, hiking, biking and horseback riding. Picnicking, bird watching, and cross-country skiing are other popular activities. Click here to view or print a copy of the VFNHP Trail Map.
The Visitor Center includes exhibits and collections that tell the story of the Continental Army and the hardships faced during the encampment. The Encampment Store is also located in the Visitor Center and features a wide variety of books on the American Revolution, unique gifts, reproductions, custom one-of-a kind products and much more. Snacks and beverages are also available in the cafe.
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