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Red Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An oasis of forest and meadows through the 55-acre Hildacy Farm Preserve.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Loop

265' 81 m

High

140' 43 m

Low

131' 40 m

Up

124' 38 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Open every day from dawn till dusk.

Overview

The Red Loop is a short 1.5 mile route that takes you through a variety of habitats, running through forest, meadows, and wetlands.

Need to Know

The meadows can be very sunny so bring your hats and sunscreen.

Description

The Red Loop runs through the 55-acre Hildacy Farm Preserve and contains a diversity of habitats that attract abundant wildlifeparticularly birds. The trail runs from the parking lot down a hill through the forest to Crum Creek before opening up into a meadow. Take a right across a bridge and you'll find the Serpentine outcropping along the Purple Loop.

Keep to the left to continue along the Red Loop along Crum Creek. Eventually you'll see a crowd of new trees where the Preserve is planting a riparian buffer. Make your way up a hill and along a forest trail till you get to Hilda's Meadow, a wide open green space.

Then head back through the forest to loop back to the parking lot. There are several trails that connect with the Red Loop, so you can visit several times and add variety into your journey.

Flora & Fauna

Hildacy Farm has native grass meadows with big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass, and broomsedge as well as wildflowers such as goldenrod, black-eyed Susan, and butterfly weed.

Birds include Wood Duck, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Bluebird, and resident Red-shouldered Hawk. There is a birding checklist available during office hours in the main building.

History & Background

Hildacy Farm Preserve is the headquarters of Natural Lands Trust. A wetland created from the former farm pond is home to a variety of native plants and animals.

Contacts

Local Club: Natural Lands Trust

Land Manager: Natural Lands Trust

Shared By:

Mae Axelrod

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  4.0 from 3 votes

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Photos

Sunlight streaming through the trees at Hildacy Farm Preserve.
Apr 4, 2016 near Media, PA
A foggy morning at sunrise at Hildacy Farm Preserve.
Apr 4, 2016 near Media, PA
Looking down into the trail through the wetlands at Hildacy Farm Preserve. Taken during August, when everything is at it's greenest.
Apr 4, 2016 near Media, PA
The trail through the woods after a light snowfall at Hildacy Farm Preserve.
Apr 4, 2016 near Media, PA
Long shadows on a winter afternoon at Hildacy Farm Preserve.
Apr 4, 2016 near Media, PA
Flower in the meadow at Hildacy Farm Preserve.
Apr 4, 2016 near Media, PA

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