Stroud Preserve Red Trail

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Stroud Preserve

Stroud Preserve Red Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 380 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no shade

Note: Please note that a section of this trail is closed between April 1 - August 1 during bird breeding season. 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
2 hours ago

Allot of nice scenery great trails and views

hiking
8 days ago

Easy, well maintained; wide paths

walking
18 days ago

It’s a nice trail with beautiful views and lots of rolling hills. If traveling with a dog I highly suggest to bring water, there is about an hour with no streams to drink from. It’s an open trail with not a lot of tree cover. My German Shepherd stopped to lay down three different times and death stared me so I probably wouldn’t take the red trail again.

Beautiful trail, well kept. They do a great job with parking and staggering people so once you got on the trail it was quiet.

22 days ago

First hiking experience during quarantine period. Be aware of the limited parking space. Volunteers are at the entrance directing parking. A bit crowded at the entrance of the trail head. But no problem obeying social distancing on trail. There is a substantial part of the trail with open space. Family and dog friendly as well.

28 days ago

Pretty solid local hike to West Chester. Good if you have an hour and a half.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a peaceful beautiful open space with hidden trails!

getting a little crowded at 11 on sat if you are trying to practice physical distancing

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

good trail. 4 pit of 5 . need battery fully charged

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I took the whole family out for the red trail and we had a wonderful time! Parts are muddy, but that’s to be expected with the rain we’ve had. We will be back often!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

It was a beautiful day for a hike .

hiking
muddy
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

with Heather

Well kept trails but too muddy after rain. Nice scenery but too close to the edge of the park so roads constantly in view.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

running
7 months ago

Pretty nice! Nice ups and downs forwards and backwards. Come before 10:30 or so, parking lot was filled when I returned.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful piece of land for hiking

hiking
8 months ago

great views of Chester County farms. moderate elevation, but mostly flat.

hiking
10 months ago

Well-maintained and well marked. There are a number of open stretches with no shade so be aware during the heat of the summer. Also some downed trees from a recent storm, one actually blocking the entrance, but not difficult to go under, over, or around.

hiking
10 months ago

Great set of trails. most are wide and clean cut. there is a mix of open field and tree cover, some good hills, and easy flats. lots of birds, some horses, joggers, other hikers.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail with multiple route options. Very well marked and maintained. Lots of opportunities for photos. I wore hiking boots my first time, but they weren’t necessary. Trail runners / tennis shoes would be just fine.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great local trail with a few hills around corn fields.

recorded Recording - Jun 01, 01:15 PM

hiking
Sat Jun 01 2019

Good trail overall. Great for a weekend workout, hiking or running. Most of trail in sun. Part of trail closed for bird breeding season.

hiking
private property
Fri May 31 2019

One of the best trails in Chester County. Great mixture of grasslands, rolling hills, woods, and paved trails. I will defiantly be coming back here more often. Also they do great things here for the environment.

hiking
muddy
Fri Apr 12 2019

Nice trail, not too difficult. Went in April and parts were very muddy. Wish I had worn hiking boots instead of sneakers.

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