Valley Forge National Historic Park encompasses a total area of about 3,500 acres of land that lies approximately 20 miles west of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, near the Schuylkill Expressway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The park is managed by the NPS (National Park Service) and was authorized on July 4, 1976.
Besides being a national historic park, the park also holds other designations. First, the park was once a state park (in 1893) and is today still a U.S. National Historic Landmark since January 20, 1961, as well as a listed site in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) since October 15, 1966. Several attractions make Valley Forge National Historic Park a remarkable place to visit.
First of all, the park is the site of the Continental Army's winter encampment which was between 1777 and 1778. Additionally, the site also has several monuments and markers, including original earthworks, a replica cannon, and reconstructed log buildings. Furthermore, the park was also the site of General Washington's headquarters.
If such a tremendous history is not enough to draw you into the park, there are plenty of other attractions that will certainly do so. For example, the park is a great place to enjoy activities like hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, self-guided tours, interpretive programs, horseback riding, and auto touring.
Some of the conveniences in the park include a picnic area, restrooms, restaurant/snacks, visitor center, bicycle trail, boat ramp, exhibit, and self-guided trail. If you have a tail-wagger, you are allowed to bring them into Valley Forge National Historic Park,
However, you will have to ensure that your pooch is not only always under your immediate supervision but that they are also extremely well behaved and respectful of the park's resources. Dog owners are also expected to clean up after their dog right away and to dispose of the dog poop properly.