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Chapel Trail

Intermediate
 3.0 (4)

Run in Valley Forge away from the crowds - follow the river and the railroad tracks.


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2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

99%

Runnable

171' 52 m

High

87' 27 m

Low

83' 25 m

Up

148' 45 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Construction on Sullivan's Bridge at the downriver end of the trail may impede access. Park at Washington's Headquarters (or at the chapel and pick up the trail in the middle).

Description

This trail runs from Washington's Headquarters area to the abandoned Valley Forge Park Train Station. It follows the Schuylkill River and passes behind Washington Memorial Chapel. Most of the trail is easy with one section of switchbacks. This section can easily be replaced with a easier rolling path by taking the side trail towards Varnum's Woods.

This is not a super scenic trail, but it gets you away from the crowds on the main loops. This trail is popular for horses and mountain bikes and, at times, tracks closely to the railroad tracks.

The trail connects with the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail and will directly connect to the Schuylkill River Trail once the Sullivan Bridge is completed across the Schuylkill River.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeff Menaker

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  3.0 from 4 votes

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Washington's Headquarters is just a bit to the west of the parking area.
Dec 30, 2015 near Chester…, PA
Recent railway repair at the downriver end of the trail left some items behind.
Dec 30, 2015 near Audubon, PA
Abandoned train station. The area around the train station is currently closed because of construction of Sullivan's Bridge.
Dec 30, 2015 near Audubon, PA
Turning away from the river provides an easier pass around the upcoming stream valley.
Dec 30, 2015 near Chester…, PA
Side trail to Varnum's woods picnic area can also be used to loop around the stream depression and switchbacks.
Dec 30, 2015 near Audubon, PA
The switchbacks through this depression are often muddy and poor. They are passable, but can also be avoided with a small detour.
Dec 30, 2015 near Audubon, PA

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