National 9/11 Memorial Trail Through Valley Forge, Montgomery County Progressing Slowly

Situated on 3,452 sprawling acres and with 35 miles of trails, Valley Forge National Historical Park is an ideal place for a day of hiking or exploring. (Image via Montgomery County Planning Commission)


National 9/11 memorial trail that will flow through Valley Forge National Park in Chester and Montgomery counties is slowly progressing, writes Dave Heller for NewsWorks.

Source: (9/11 National Trail Memorial)

The goal of the memorial trail is to connect the three sites that were attacked on 9/11 with 1,300 miles of biking and walking trails along with less busy roadways. A recently completed 21-mile segment of the trail was opened on this year’s anniversary of the attack with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Shanksville.

The idea to connect New York City, Pentagon, and the site of Flight 93 crash in Shanksville with a trail, was formed a few days after the attacks at the Mid-Atlantic Governors Conference on Greenways, Blueways, and Green Infrastructure. Soon after, a nonprofit was formed to plan and develop the trail.

The Montgomery county portion of the 9/11 National Memorial Trail.

For now, the trail currently does not have a target completion date and Andy Hamilton, board chair of the September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance, believes that the work could take decades.

“I would like to say 20 years, but I’d like to also say that our children or our children’s children may be the ones wrapping up the last and most difficult pieces,” he said.

Read more about the 9/11 memorial trail at NewsWorks by clicking here.