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Red Loop

Intermediate
 4.8 (4)

A 4.2 mile trail through forest, open meadow, farmland and wetlands on a natural preserve.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.5

KM

Point to Point

381' 116 m

High

196' 60 m

Low

264' 81 m

Up

260' 79 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Open from dawn till dusk daily.

Open to Equestrians if conditions are not muddy. Note that riders may not bring horse trailers to the preserve.

Be aware that while the preserve is open to leashed dogs, portions of the Red Loop are not open to dogs due to safety issues.

Description

Starting with a gravel trail from the parking lot the Red Loop follows the same trail as the Green Loop Yellow Loop along a long gravel trail through open space before changing into woodland (if you turn left on the loop) or wetlands (if you turn right).

The terrain takes you through sunny open meadows and into forests with views of farmland, including a scenic overlook of the preserve. The trail is well marked with color coded signs and connects back up with the Yellow Loop and other trails if you want to take shortcuts back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

The woodlands at Stroud Preserve are dominated by red oak, tuliptree, beech, and maple tree.

Meadows filled with native grasses such as purpletop, switchgrass, and big bluestem, and wildflowers such as ironweed, goldenrod, and milkweed. The preserve also hosts agricultural fields of soybeans and corn, as well as hayfields.

A variety of birds live on or migrate through Stroud Preserve including the Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, and Field Sparrow.

Contacts

Local Club: Natural Lands Trust

Land Manager: NLT - Stroud Preserve

Shared By:

Mae Axelrod

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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The Green Loop Trail stretching out through Stroud Preserve.
Dec 30, 2015 near West Ch…, PA
Looking over the water from the stone bridge over the East Branch Brandywine Creek.
Dec 30, 2015 near West Ch…, PA
Looking out over the stone bridge on the Green Loop at Stroud Preserve.
Dec 30, 2015 near West Ch…, PA

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Jan 12, 2020
Beth Beecroft
4.1mi — 1h 45m
Oct 6, 2019
Tina Thiebach
Great Hike when it is cloudy. Wonderful views and landscape! — 1h 22m
Jan 6, 2019
Christopher Higginson
4.2mi
Aug 8, 2018
Shannon Erdman
4mi
Jul 31, 2018
Grace Rauppius
4.2mi
Sep 10, 2017
Kurt Y
Not a hike. A walk at best. 3mi
Jul 3, 2017
Phil Shull
plenty of birds 4mi
Jan 12, 2017
Madison Cahill
4.5mi