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.

Our 3.3 mile hike turned into 6 because it was hard to keep to the trail. Watch out for the horse poo! Not too many good sights, when you reach the nature center and follow the trail it gets harder!

so many choices, great trails, not difficult. great for hiking, running and off-road biking. Also good trout fishing and of course horse back riding!

Great hiking area. Saw some beautiful scenery and wildlife. Was surprised at the height of some of the trails overlooking the Big Elk Creek.

7 months ago

lt was an excellent hike. beautiful horse trails and very nice scenery. saw lots of wildlife and plenty of beautiful trees.

Beautiful trail well maintained & marked

It was such a nice walk! Got to see a fox hunting group through the day and some beautiful country side! Plan on taking my horse in the future.

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.

mountain biking
1 year ago

Rode the trail today with my son and friend. We had a blast. Lots of great elevation changes and even a couple of stream crossings.

Excellent set of miles and miles of trails with a beautiful creek running down the middle. Most of the creek is about knee deep except after rain. My dog and I love the trails and he loves the creek!

trail running
1 year ago

Great trail with nice mix of terrain. Not sure if it is quite 4 miles. Will definitely run it again.

Went today some slick spots because of the snow. There was only a few people we passed. A great winter hike

Great place to bring the family. Great trout fishing, swimming holes, and a covered bridge. Area is popular for horse back riding and for mountain biking.

Found this area while doing Cache Across Maryland 2013. Wonderful scenery and trails good for hiking, biking, cross country, horses. Trails are in great shape.

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. :-)

great place to enjoy nature! varying hills streams and terrain for all activities.