Thousands of cyclists ride past the heart of Valley Forge National Park on the Schuylkill River Trail everyday, but only a handful make the journey through what was once the center of George Washington’s Continental Army Winter Encampment from 1777 to 1778, writes Andrew Beswold for ValleyForge.com.
This ride can be approached two ways and is equally suited for those that wish to use it for fitness, or for those who are curious about the history of Valley Forge.
If riding for fitness, give oneself 30 minutes to an hour to complete the tour depending your tempo and route choice.
For those curious about the history of the Valley Forge Winter Encampment, plan on allotting one to two hours so you can stop and learn about the many historic features along the way.
To help the bicycling amateur historian, the phone audio tour number is included at the beginning of each route narrative with the corresponding extension included at each Encampment Tour stop.
Bike rentals are now available for the 2020 season through the Encampment Store at Valley Forge Park. Helmets and locks are included with each bike rental, and everything is sanitized before and after renting to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about the bike tours through Valley Forge National Historical Park here.
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