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Valley Forge National Historic Park
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Valley Forge National Historic Park
Description - Valley Forge National Historical Park lies west of Philadelphia in an area of Pennsylvania that was once very rural. This Revolutionary War park features the hardships and perseverance of the Continental Army's winter encampment, 1777-78, when thousands of soldiers died trying to survive against hunger, disease, lack of supplies and the unrelenting forces of nature. The Park contains General Washington's headquarters, original earthworks, a variety of monuments and markers and re-creations of log buildings and cannons. Today, the site offers a variety of recreation opportunities including scenic driving, picnicking, horseback riding, multi-use trails, viewing exhibits and touring historic sites.

Attractions - Valley Forge National Historical Park lies west of Philadelphia in an area of Pennsylvania that was once very rural. (Today the growing population and encroaching suburbs are changing the area rapidly.) This park interprets the hardships and perseverance of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Valley Forge is the site of the Continental Army's winter encampment, 1777-78, when thousands of soldiers died trying to survive against hunger, disease, lack of supplies and the unrelenting forces of nature. The park contains General Washington's headquarters, original earthworks, a variety of monuments and markers and re-creations of log buildings and cannons.

Recreation - This park supports a variety of activities including scenic driving, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking / walking, biking, viewing exhibits and touring historic sites. The visitor center at Valley Forge is an excellent place to orient yourself and determine what facilities you will include in your visit. It contains exhibits, a bookstore and an introductory film.

The park contains twelve miles of designated and six miles of paved multipurpose trails. The long distance, Horse Shoe Trail, a segment of the 130-mile Horse Shoe trail passes through the western portion of the park in Chester County. The Schuylkill Trail, a Philadelphia-to-Valley Forge Bikeway of 22 miles, begins at the Betzwood Picnic area. There are 22 miles of designated horse trails that weave through the park.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Valley Forge area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Location - This park is located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, an area growing dramatically. It is west of Philadelphia and accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


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Contact Information:
Valley Forge National Historical Park, P.O. Box 953 , Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0953, Phone: 610-783-1000

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania National Forests and Parks - The National Park Service boasts of having over 16 designated historical sites, battlefields, monuments, memorials, rivers and trails within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each is significant within itself deserving the protection and maintenance from the Park Service. The National Forest Service maintains and manages one of America's finest hardwood producing territories, the Allegheny National Forest, located in the northwestern region of the state.
Pennsylvania's Historic Sites -
Philadelphia, Country-Side, Lehigh Valley Area - The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. This beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.

Links:
Valley Forge National Historical Park - Official agency Website

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