The Easy 1-Mile Winter Hike In Philadelphia That’s Positively Bewitching

Everybody knows the story of Valley Forge, PA. In the brutal winter of 1777-1778, the Revolutionary Army, led by General George Washington, camped out on this site just a few miles from Philadelphia. Though no battle against the British was fought here, the soldiers dealt with horrific conditions. The winter was cold and snowy, food was scarce, frostbite claimed limbs day after day. Soldiers were not equipped with hats, gloves or coats – after all, those fighting for our country were a makeshift army dealing with their struggles as best as they could. In the time from December 1777 to June of 1778, they spent their time at Valley Forge, transforming into the determined, formidable force that defeated the British and established the United States of America as a free country.

Valley Forge itself has transformed into a National Historic Park, and walking through it in the winter is the best way to appreciate the suffering and sacrifice these soldiers made for our country.

Valley Forge National Historic Park is open year round, from 7:00 AM to dark. You can visit Washington’s Headquarters, tour a historic chapel, and watch historic films in the theater, but the hours for these attractions vary depending on the day and season. Check their website here for details on the special attractions. You can find details on each of the park’s trails, including trailhead coordinates, right here.

Valley Forge National Historic Park is located at 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406, just twenty miles outside of Philadelphia.