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Stroud Preserve, West Chester

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Equestrian Trail · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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.

Stroud Preserve is owned and managed by non-profit conservation organization Natural Lands. Learn more at
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  • I always enjoy walking my dogs here whether in the cold of winter or heat of the summer, and the trails are always well kept!  more »
  • My husband and I came here on a Sunday morning for a winter hike. The preserve is definitely different than the usual state parks we hike in in Delaware. There’s some significant elevation 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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