Valley Creek and Knox Farm
ElevationAscent: 67' 20 m
Descent: -71' -22 m
High: 144' 44 m
Low: 106' 32 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
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“A short loop to visit an old/abandoned forge inside Valley Forge National Historical Park.”— Jeff Menaker
Family Friendly A short and easy trail combines with interesting historical sites to create a loop great for kids.
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.
Land Manager: NPS - Valley Forge National Historical Park