ChesLen Preserve Loop Trail

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ChesLen Preserve Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
242 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The 1,263-acre ChesLen Preserve—one of the largest private nature preserves in southeastern Pennsylvania—features sweeping agricultural fields, densely wooded stream corridors, and rare serpentine barrens. There are many points on the property from which visitors can gaze for miles in any direction and see virtually no signs of modern development. In 2010, The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) designated portions of ChesLen Preserve—specifically the Unionville Barrens—as a “Pennsylvania Wild Plant Sanctuary.” The program encourages the conservation of natural areas and native plants, and recognizes private landowners who serve as models of good conservation and stewardship of these special resources.

walking
3 days ago

Great walk across beautiful land. Definitely more of a walk, than a hike. Know that going in, and you'll love it. If you're looking for technical trails; you'll have to go elsewhere.
Great place to take my dog, enough to stimulate her, and it sure beats the paved trails we have in chesco.

walking
1 month ago

Great advice, thank you Jim Walla! I walked the Yellow and some grey trails with my wife and kids (9 & 7) - the sections across the fields are hot in the sun, but large amounts of the Yellow trail are in the forest.
It’s not the most exciting hiking (no changes in elevation, or peak to climb to) but some nice scenery and wildlife. There are two stream crossings to do on the Yellow trail, if you’re careful where you put your feet you’ll be fine, but my kids managed to get wet! All the trails are VERY well marked, and easy to navigate- no need to follow someone else’s recording on AllTrails. Kids were able to navigate fine with the paper map we picked up at the parking lot.
The Nature Playground is a lot of fun for elementary schoolers! My two mustered up enough energy for 30 mins playing even after 2hrs walking!

hiking
3 months ago

The 3.1 mile recording associated with this trail in AllTrails includes parts of the red and purple trails at ChesLen Preserve. In my opinion, these are not the best trails at the preserve. Both trails are cut through grass fields. These means they are a little boring and are very exposed to sun and heat. Nice views of the surrounding countryside (and lots of birds to see), but there are better trails at Cheslen if you work your way east on the green, yellow and grey connector trails. These go through woods along streams and are nicer to hike. I attached a recording that started out on the red and purple trails (I was following the AllTrails map). However, after about 3 miles of hiking in the sun, I got off of the AllTrails map and randomly worked my way east and south on other trails. It was well worth it. I ended up hiking another 5.5 miles, the majority of which was in the woods. I included a few photos on my recording to give an idea of the diversity of trails at Cheslen if you get off of the red and purple trails. As others have said, I would rate the trails as easy. For the most part, they are very well maintained without any sustained steep sections. All in all, this is a nice place to hike, but I would recommend adding some of the eastern trails to the AllTrails map to provide some diversity.

hiking
5 months ago

Well marked trail. Peaceful

9 months ago

Thought the trail was going to go through the woods but it did not. It is a moderate rating for beginner hikers. Decent views, you can see the hills at the top of the trail. Slightly disappointed.

hiking
10 months ago

This was more easy than moderate and was really just a good place for people to walk dogs. In fact, a large portion of this place actively smelled like pee.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Great landscape for seeing the best of the rolling hills of Chester County and lots of other cool stuff along the way.

hiking
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