Trolley tours are back!
Leave the driving to us and explore the history with a tour guide!
Leave the driving to us and experience the story of the crucial turning point in our country’s fight for independence! Our 90-minute trolley tours depart from the Visitor Center and are led by National Park Service trained tour guides. Tours depart from the Visitor Center and include stops at the newly expanded Muhlenberg Brigade hut site and the original house that was General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge. Trolley tours are ADA accessible.
Important accessibility notes: The interior of Washington’s Headquarters does not have a wheelchair accessible entrance and only service animals are allowed on board the trolley.
Advance reservations are recommended and tickets must be picked up in The Encampment Store gift shop at the Visitor Center no later than 30 minutes prior to the tour’s departure. We will release reserved tickets five minutes prior to scheduled tours, so please plan to be on time.
For reservations or more information on our trolley tours, please call 610-624-5010. Please note that reservations can not be made online and can only be made by calling this number.
PLEASE NOTE: Our first trolley tour on April 16, 2023 will depart at 11:15am. All other tours that day will leave as regularly scheduled (1:00pm and 3:00pm).
March 25-June 4: Weekends only at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
April 7 and May 29: Holiday tours at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
April 22nd (Junior Ranger Day): Tours at 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2:45pm
June 10-September 4: Daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
September 9-October 29: Weekends only at11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
October 9: Holiday tours at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
November 4-November 19: (weather permitting) Weekends only at 12:00pm and 2:00pm
November 10: Holiday tours at 12:00pm and 2:00pm
November 24-November 26: Holiday Weekend tours at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
December 26-December 31: Daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
$20.00 – adults
$18.00 – students / seniors (62+) / military
$10.00 – children 11 & under
What does the tour include?
Your guide will join your group on the 10-mile driving loop of Valley Forge Park on-board our trolley, providing interpretation of the 6-month winter Washington’s army endured from 1777-1778 as well as the evolution of what was farmland and industry into a National Park. Groups will see monuments and other points of interest in the Park, including the National Memorial Arch and statues of Brigadier General “Mad” Anthony Wayne and Baron Friedrich von Steuben, and visitors will disembark at two stops:
Muhlenberg’s Brigade (15-20 minutes): The site where several regiments from predominantly Virginia stayed during the Valley Forge Encampment. Explore several reconstructed soldiers’ huts built to Washington’s specifications and learn about what life was like for members of the Army on the ground level. Please note, the area is grassy and walkways are gravel if visitors have limited mobility. The drop-off point to the huts is approximately 40 feet.
Washington’s Headquarters (20-30 minutes): The original building George and Martha Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the rest of Washington’s “military family” stayed during the Valley Forge Winter Encampment.
How many seats are available?
Our trolley is a 34-passenger vehicle. We have a wheelchair lift and can accommodate 2 wheelchairs. Small children who sit on parents’ laps ride for free.
Are reservations required?
Reservations are not required but recommended. No advance payment or deposit is required for groups with fewer than 10 visitors, but unclaimed reserved tickets will be released 5 minutes prior to departures. Groups of 10 or more need to provide credit card information to hold in the event of a violation of our cancellation policy (50% of group admission will be charged with less than one hour’s notice of cancellation and the full fee will be charged for a “no-show”). Reservations may be made by calling (610) 624-5011.
Is the trolley air conditioned?
No, the trolley is open air and cold water is provided during summer programs.
Can we eat and drink on-board?
Yes, visitors may eat and drink on-board the trolley.
Are there restrooms along the tour route?
There are restrooms at Washington’s Headquarters mid-way through the tour. However, the walk from the restroom to the Headquarters building takes several minutes and would cut into your time at this tour stop. We recommend that visitors use Visitor Center restrooms prior to departure.
What do we do if we have strollers or walkers?
If the stroller or walker folds or is small, we can store it at the front of the trolley. If visitors have a larger stroller, we can keep it at our store until your return.
Will you store my luggage while I’m on tour?
No, we are unable to store carry-on suitcases or luggage at our store.
Can my pet ride along with me?
Only service dogs may join a trolley tour.