Hike Valley Forge
Pennsylvania › Valley Forge National Historic Park
Added by Katch Silva
Enjoy a relaxing hike through the woods on this 2.5 mile all-season trail.
There are many trails to choose from on Mt. Misery and a good place to start is at the parking lot located at the intersection of Yellow Springs Road and Library Lane (off of the main Valley Creek Road).
The Mt. Misery Trail starts there, heads up through the trees about 0.75 miles and meets up with Horse-shoe Trail. Take the Horse-shoe Trail to the right for 0.6 miles until it meets Valley Creek Trail, which follows Valley Creek near the road back to the parking lot (about 1 easy flat mile).
There is a mild ascent at the beginning but the entire hike is easy, relaxing, and mostly flat. While this is a year round trail, it will be harder to find if it has just snowed. Keep this in mind and make sure to take the necessary precautions in heavy snow. If you need a break indoors, the visitor's center museum is nearby and offers many tours. There are also many bike trails in the area, including the paved Joseph Plumb Martin Trail on the south side of the park.
Here is a link to a helpful map of the trails around the area.
- Day pack
- Hiking/trail shoes
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You don't necessarily have to have a car to get to Valley Forge. You can access it by city bus from Philadelphia. If you don't have a car but still want to go, take route 125 but make sure to plan as an all-day trip. The bus drops you off at the visitor center at the southeast end of park.
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