Stroud Preserve Yellow Trail

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Stroud Preserve Yellow Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Chester, PA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles 286 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


trail running


cross country skiing

horseback riding




wild flowers



The Stroud Preserve consists of 571 acres of culturally and ecologically important land in Chester County. This rolling mosaic of once-pastured grasslands, working farmlands, and woodlands now serves as wildlife habitat and a unique site for research by the Stroud Water Research Center. The Stroud Preserve features nearly 9.5 miles of unpaved trails ranging from easy to moderate. One such trail is the Yellow Trail, which is a 2.4 mile loop trail rated as easy. The trail skirts farm fields and forests; occasional dipping into the treeline. The trail is open to horseback riding and has a few mucky spots where the horses have pounded the dirt into mud (depending on season and recent weather).

1 month ago

YOU CANNOT MOUNTAIN BIKE AT THIS LOCATION. Some trails are restricted to dogs as well.

11 months ago

I enjoyed this trail with my 2 year old son, husband and our dog. I'm also 8 months pregnant so it was ideal. Great views, not very wooded but lots of rolling hills and well maintained paths. We will probably try the red trail next time for a change.

1 year ago

My kids and I had a good time and the scenery was nice with its farms and grasslands. However, most of this trail is on gravel, which I don't like very much. This trail is better for a runner than a hiker. I will come back to try the red trail which seems to be deeper in the forest.

2 years ago

No mt bikes permitted, trust me.

2 years ago

not my thing, too many people, too many dog poop bags, more farm land then woods.There is a small patch of serpentine barrens that they are trying to save, that is cool, Rare plants and different terrain. If you are into birds this is a good spot, bobolinks, woodpecker other stuff(not my thing)

cross country skiing
2 years ago

I went x-country skiing on the yellow trail over the weekend and found that the preserve is a great place to ski. The trails have a great grade for skiers, and what can be a nice place to hike is a great place to ski if and when we have the snow to do it. I saw two other skiers and a few sledders on the hill close to the parking area. Overall a satisfying local place to get some exercise after a good snow.

3 years ago

I went to the Stroud Preserve today. I have been passing it on my way to work each day for over a year now and so it on here so I thought I'd give it a try. It's a nice place to get in a few miles, and there are a few interesting things like the bridge, an excellent looking old barn, and some pretty wild flowers. Most of the trails in the preserve skirt along farm fields so the slopes are pretty gentle and the trails are mostly mowed grass and gravel. It's no adrenaline pumping climb but it was worth my time for sure.