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Valley Forge National Historical Park

An essential American Revolution site and a haven for outdoor fun...

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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At Valley Forge National Historical Park, located about a 35-minute drive northwest of Center City Philadelphia, visitors travel back in time to the harrowing 1777-1778 winter encampment of George Washington’s Continental Army.

No battles were fought in Valley Forge, but the time the army camped here went down as one of the Revolutionary War’s most trying periods.

Exhibits and artifacts in the Visitor Center (refurbished and reopened in June 2021) as well as replicated huts and the original headquarters tell the story of the pivotal winter that Washington and his troops endured.

And, with more than 3,600 acres of rolling hills and miles of well-worn hiking and biking trails, Valley Forge is now a magnet for runners, bicyclists and picnickers as well as history buffs.

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