Fair Hill is a 5,633 acre Natural Resources Management Area, where multiple management practices are employed for the maximum use and protection of Maryland's natural resources. Bordered by Pennsylvania to the north and less than one half mile west of Delaware, Fair Hill is known for its pristine fields, woodlands and natural beauty. At one time one of the largest private land holdings in the East, Fair Hill was formerly owned by William duPont, Jr., an avid equestrian who acquired the farmland as a means to enjoying riding as well as fox chasing. Fair Hill was purchased by the state in 1975 from Mr. duPont's estate. Fair Hill's attractions include the turf course, where steeplechase, timber course and flat races are held Memorial Day weekend with pari-mutuel wagering (www.fairhillraces.org). A pavilion is situated near the historic, rustic covered bridge where visitors frequently stop for picnic lunches. The fairgrounds host the annual Cecil County Fair where some 80,000 visitors attend the weeklong event (www.cecilcountyfair.org). Also located at the fairgrounds is the Edward L. Walls Activity Hall, with a capacity of 350 people. It includes kitchen and restroom facilities, and is available to rent for functions which further the mission of the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service or the local agricultural community. Fair Hill is open dawn to dusk.
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lt was an excellent hike. beautiful horse trails and very nice scenery. saw lots of wildlife and plenty of beautiful trees.
Recently visited Fair Hill for the first time after a big snow storm and it was a last minute decision so we were ill prepared for sloshing around in the melting snow. There are trail markers throughout for horseback riding, ATV, hiking, etc. which was a nice surprise. There are also trail markers on the trees directing you on paths. There is a $3 parking/park fee for out of state visitors that you drop in the box and place the date and matching envelope number in your dashboard, not a bank breaker. There are great little surprises along the trails like someone made chairs and benches out of tree stumps. I'll update my review when we go back again with more time and preparedness.
Hiked the trail in early fall. The trails are mostly wooded and runs close to a creek. A fair amount of hills that provided just enough challenge for me as a beginner. Quiet setting with only a couple interactions with other hikers. Park service friendly and helpful.
Hiked in early spring. Surprising amount of hills. But a beautiful trail! Even saw a herd of whitetail deer. Was fairly quiet trail. Only encountered a couple of bikers, and a few on horseback. Much if trail open to horses so....watch your step. :-)
Excellent trail system for biking. Trail Spinners and park staff do a great job keeping the trails clear and usable. I ride here often and the terrain is quite varied from absolute beginner to expert. Not huge elevation changes but some nice single track and you can get as tough or long of a ride as you desire. Definitely worth it to pick up a park map from the office or online as it is not difficult to take a wrong turn due to the sheer size of the park and number of trails. There are some challenging trails with water crossings, rocky sections, and a fair amount of tree roots. Great scenery and place to ride.