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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 6:56 am | Updated: 1:31 am, Wed May 7, 2014.

(NewsUSA) - When most people think of Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., they think of historic sites and the Revolutionary War. It may offer history buffs a keen look into the past, but there's so much more.

Whether you are a hiker or a biker, there are nearly 60 miles of multi-use trails interconnected throughout the county for visitors and locals alike to explore.

Two must-visits for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies are Valley Forge National Historical Park and Green Lane Park. With 3,500 acres each, these parks offer an abundance of recreational activities.

Just 20 miles west of Philadelphia, Valley Forge is the famous encampment of George Washington and is known as the birthplace of the United States Army. Here, visitors can rent bikes to traverse the paved 6.6-mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, which connects key historic and interpretive sites within the park. In addition, the park contains 19.5 miles of designated, marked, hiking trails. Bike rentals (weather permitting) are available on weekends starting in mid-April and daily after Memorial Day. Guided bike tours are also offered.

Less than 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Green Lane Park offers a variety of year-round, outdoor activities and programs for visitors. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing and boating, including rentals of row boats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, as well as pontoon boat tours (new for this season), family and group camping, picnicking and 20 miles of trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. In addition there are two children's playgrounds. Winter fans can sled, cross-country ski, ice fish or ice skate. The park also offers free summer concerts and family-oriented, environmental education programs on weekends.

Visit valleyforge.org for more information.

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