Valley Forge National Historical Park | BETZWOOD PICNIC AREA

Betzwood Picnic Area at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Betzwood Picnic Area at Valley Forge National Historical Park


See the Picnic Areas web page for an interactive location map.


The Betzwood Picnic Area is located on the east side of Valley Forge National Historical Park north of the Schuylkill River. Those hiking or biking from the Visitor Center can take Sullivan’s Bridge, a pedestrian and biker bridge that spans the river. There is also parking along Sullivan’s Lane, a quarter-mile long road that runs through the picnic area.

Sullivan's Lane is a park road at the Betzwood Picnic Area in Valley Forge National Historical Park

Sullivan’s Lane is a park road at the Betzwood Picnic Area in Valley Forge National Historical Park

While there are picnic tables scattered all along Sullivan’s Lane, most are located on the east end near Highway 422. For some reason I did not do a headcount of picnic tables, but there are at least a dozen. There are also a few grills, though not one at every table. The Betzwood Picnic Area is the only picnic area at Valley Forge National Historical Park that has grills. There is also a modern restroom facility.

Tables and grill at the Betzwood Picnic Area in Valley Forge National Historical Park

Tables and grill at the Betzwood Picnic Area in Valley Forge National Historical Park

All tables at the Betzwood Picnic Area are taken on a first come, first served basis. Groups of more than 20 people must picnic either here or at Wayne’s Woods Picnic Area or Varnum’s Picnic Area. Groups of more than 30 people need a permit. This is a permit for having a large group at the park, not specifically for picnicking. It does not include a picnic area reservation, so somebody from the group must still show up early enough to grab tables before other people get them. For more information, visit the National Park Service’s Permits and Reservations web page for Valley Forge National Historical Park.

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Last updated on May 29, 2022
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