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1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer loop
98% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 67' 20 m
Descent: -71' -22 m
High: 144' 44 m
Low: 106' 32 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Trail shared by Jeff Menaker

A short loop to visit an old/abandoned forge inside Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Jeff Menaker

Features River/Creek

Overview

A pleasant loop that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the history that makes this region famous. The loop is easy to navigate, and the route leads to the historic Lime Kiln, in use in the late 1700's. Visitors will also note the Knox-Tindle House, which is a fun destination.

Description

The trail loops around Valley Creek inside Valley Forge National Park near General LaFayette's Quarters and Knox Farm. About half of the trail is a mowed path in the field, the other half is singletrack, and a small portion has some significant washout. Much of this trail is based on horseback trails in the area and includes some portions of the Knox Trail.

The trail begins just south of the Yellow Springs Parking Lot, at a small fisherman's parking lot before Wilson Road crosses Valley Creek. If this parking area is full (it is a popular fishing location), then park at the Yellow Springs Lot and follow the Yellow Springs/Knox Trail towards Knox Farm until you intersect this path.

From the small fishing lot, follow Valley Creek downstream along mowed paths at the edge of the fields. Continue past the horse crossing until you intersect the Knox Trail. Turn right and follow the Knox Trail across Valley Creek (small footbridge). Continue up the Knox Trail through the Knox Farm.

Just before entering the parking area there is a small path down into a ditch with a no biking sign. Follow this path to the right (back upstream). After you pass the house, there will be a short section of washout where the trail has nearly disappeared into the stream bank. After getting past this section, continue until you see a large stone structure with fencing around it. This is the remains of John Brown Lime Kiln (1725-1775).

After exploring it, stay close to the stream and you'll find the path as it continues back upstream to Wilson Road. Cross the bridge and follow the road back to the parking area.

Or after exploring the kiln, head east on Unnamed horse trail to the Archery and Airplane Field.

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