Stroud Preserve, Red Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Chester, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
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 Red Trail, which is a 4.2 mile loop trail rated as moderate. The trail skirts farm fields and forests and has many long dips 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). The whole trail system is a great place for families with young kids.
Beautiful rolling fields, marshlands in the beginning, and some forested walking areas. varying terrain with some hills on the red trail, and relatively flat on the green and yellow trails. No bathroom, so make sure you take care of that before you arrive. the longest loop is 4.3ish miles...which is really nice. A few places where the trail divides are not marked clearly, leavubg you guessing, but it is impossible to get lost as all of the trail seem to be loops and eventually take you back to your starting point.
YOU CANNOT MOUNTAIN BIKE AT THIS LOCATION. Some trails are restricted to dogs as well.
Lovely trail, missed the red trail mark about 1/2 way through but found other interesting trails. the preserve itself is beautiful, worth a visit. A few hills to climb. Well maintained.
A quick dip in the river at the end was the best!
Well maintained trail for trail running or a nice walk. A fair amount of the trail is in open meadows and grass paths, with direct sunlight. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen on a nice summer day. Very well marked, which is a rarity around here!
Great trail! Lots of variety, but a lot of open space, so maybe not ideal on a hot day. Our dog loved it too. Will definitely go back!
Beautiful trail....loved it...
Great hike on red trail. Nice diversity between wools and open fields.
Enjoyed this trail. Varied terrain and beautiful view of the rolling hills of the countryside. Very well marked.
Well maintained trail, lovely views of the hills and forests.
8/8/15 - did the red loop. This was my first real hike in years, was tired at the end, but it felt good. It's mostly sunny open fields, with nice woods.