Stroud Preserve Red Trail

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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 best used from April until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

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.

14 days ago

Such a beautiful trail!!! Went in the morning during the sun rise and it was incredible.

24 days ago

One of my favorite places in West Chester. Pretty busy on Sundays but the rest of the week is not bad. Multiple trails that you can use and intersect.

hiking
1 month ago

A wonderful variety of scenery, like a microcosm of all that the Brandywine area has to offer.

Trail runners should especially enjoy Stroud, because its terrain is not too rocky and the portions that are stone-laden are rather easy to navigate without much trouble.

This trail is admittedly one of the busier destinations that I frequent, but I don't feel that it's "congested" in any way. Although the parking lot may be rather full, if you stick to the red trail, you will only occasionally pass a fellow hiker/runner.

Besides the red trail, which essentially follows the border of the preserve, there are a couple other trails that cut through the preserve and are perhaps a better option for those with small children, or those that just want a stroll.

This is a well-maintained preserve and I highly recommend it for hikers/runners and even people that want a scenic area to take pictures or do some plein air painting.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful. I ran the red trail this morning and I was surrounded by beautiful butterflies throughout the run. Trails are easy to follow. It was so peaceful. I could spend every morning here.

walking
1 month ago

Walked the Red Trail and loved it. So peaceful and beautiful. A nice mix of gravel road, grass paths, dirt paths through the woods, corn fields and hay fields. If I lived closer, I would do this once a week for a nice relaxing walk.

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1 month ago

Most of the red trail indicates NO dogs. There is no complete loop that allows dogs. Part of each trail allows dogs but they are in and out walks.

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4 months ago

Returned to hike here after a number of years. Has expanded and become a real gem. Great variety of birds and other wildlife. Landscape also varied with open fields, forests, hills, flat terrain, and the Brandywine creek. Includes some of Chester County's most beautiful scenery. Dogs allowed but must be leashed.

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