Stroud Preserve is a mosaic of once-pastured grasslands, working farmlands, and woodlands that serves as a unique site for recreation, education, and scientific research. Here, you can see the needs of people and nature in balance as careful stewardship of both cultivated and “wild” areas restores vital wildlife habitat while also protecting watersheds that provide drinking water for tens-of-thousands of people.See Stroud Preserve and all West Chester has to offer by arranging your trip with our West Chester travel planner.
Stroud Preserve is owned and managed by non-profit conservation organization Natural Lands. Learn more at www.natlands.org.
Stroud Preserve Reviews
One of our favorite walking places in West Chester. Beautiful rolling hills with excellent views of Chester County. The longest single trail is about 4 miles. It’s wonderful to see such a nice chunk..... more »
This preserve is a great place to take a hike without traveling far. In fact it is only a few miles from the borough of West Chester yet when you’re on a trail you feel far from the hustle and... more »
Great trails and a 4.2 mile outer loop with shorter marked trails in middle. Gravel road splits park and makes getting around easy too. Big hills to climb with benches all over. Parking can be tough at times during nice weather. Only downside is road bikers use the lot as a meeting spot and take up spots for park patrons to use. But that’s the only downside.
I love to visit this little jewel on the west side of West Chester. From the parking area I crossed the Brandywine Creek on the main trail, heading west, and then climbed the steep hill with a rewarding view back over the valley and beyond.
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