Valley Forge is one of the top tourist destinations for people visiting Philadelphia, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is by bike. A beautiful rolling 6 mile loop circles the park with many scenic stops along the way. Pack a picnic and stroll the park, or incorporate the scenic loop into an even longer ride.
What Makes It Great
Unlike other rides where the ride itself is the only focal point, Valley Forge offers many historic monuments, statues and artifacts to help keep the ride interesting. A great way to enjoy the park is by starting at the Visitor Center and taking in the museum before starting you your ride around the park. Be warned that even though this can easily be a casual scenic ride the path is very rolling and there are several rolling hills to conquer. During the summer the park is an incredibly popular destination so keep your eyes peeled for cars as they are enjoying their own tour of the park. Cap of the ride with a picnic or one of the events put on by the park.
If an easy scenic ride doesn't quite interest you, there are several other options to incorporate to make this a worthy choice. On the opposite side of the Schuylkill River trail with an easy bridge crossing is the Schuylkill River Trail, with many more miles of trail offerings. There is also the Horseshoe Trail and other hiking trails that run through the park. Even if you don’t want to make the 6 mile loop of the Joseph Plumb Trail your main destination its definitely worth a ride through.
Who is Going to Love It
This a casual riders paradise. A short easy access trail with many scenic stops makes this a very popular destination for a large market of riders. If you don’t want riding to just be about the workout you will love riding through and around Valley Forge Park. Bike riders are not the only people that enjoy the park, because of the shorter mileage runners flock to the park. It’s a great place to ride with others, and it is a very convenient location for many people in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Valley Forge Park is located near King of Prussia off of 422 or Rt 23 depending on which way you are traveling. There are many pull offs throughout the park for parking, but the Welcome Center offers the biggest lot. Follow the signs as you enter the park for the different locations.
Be sure to pick up a map as well so you can follow along with the history as you ride.