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.

4.3 miles
334 feet


cross country skiing


horseback riding

nature trips


trail running





wild flowers



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.

7 days ago

Great scenic route..Obviously would be better in spring/summer

2 months ago

Nice place. What a great use for a large retired farm.

4 months ago

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

4 months 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.

5 months 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.

trail running
5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

8 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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

YOU CANNOT MOUNTAIN BIKE AT THIS LOCATION. Some trails are restricted to dogs as well.

Monday, September 12, 2016

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!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

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!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Beautiful trail....loved it...

Saturday, November 07, 2015

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

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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

Monday, October 05, 2015

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

Monday, August 10, 2015

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
Friday, June 19, 2015

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.

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