Stroud Preserve, Red Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Stroud Preserve, Red Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Chester, PA 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.

4.3 miles 379 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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.

hiking
18 days ago

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.

1 month ago

2 months ago

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!

walking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

Beautiful trail....loved it...

1 year ago

Great hike on red trail. Nice diversity between wools and open fields.

hiking
1 year ago

Enjoyed this trail. Varied terrain and beautiful view of the rolling hills of the countryside. Very well marked.

hiking
1 year ago

Well maintained trail, lovely views of the hills and forests.

hiking
1 year ago

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.

trail running
1 year ago

Great trail run on the red loop. Good combination of open corn fields and horses and heavily wooded trails. I do this about once a week.

trail running
1 year ago

Love this trail run. It has some gradual hills and a few that are more steep its a great run. Either way you go it starts with a hill climb and ends with a down hill. Rarely see many people but I go day time and week days. Enjoy!

hiking
2 years ago

No mt bikes permitted. Trust me

3 years ago