A 4.2 mile trail through forest, open meadow, farmland and wetlands on a natural preserve.”
— Mae Axelrod
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.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
The trail runs from gravel to mowed fields. Regardless of the direction you take on the trail it starts with a hill climb and ends with a slope down hill.
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.