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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 ( 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 ( 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.

I was on this trail for 2.5 hours bc we were so lost. This trail needs to be marked a lot better

Thick wooded area with beautiful creek.

Definitely could be marked better..

I love this trail. It begins near the covered bridge, and meanders beside the creek for a while, passing an abandoned bridge, and usually a few deer nestling in thickets during the day.

After crossing the creek, it becomes a bit more strenuous, with some elevation changes that provide a nice vantage point at the trail you've just covered.

The best part is that this trail seems to be a bit less traveled, so if you are looking for serenity, this is an excellent choice.

Fairly easy hike. Only thing I could imagine making it a “moderate” hike would be the distance. Also found a very friendly black male kitty about a 1.5 miles in.

nice woodsy and hilly trail that is shared with horses. just sucked because part of the orange loop is currently closed.... when the path split we went to the left... when the part along the creek ended and at the road... that's where the trail is closed... we ended up following the road and jumping back onto the towards the end on the remaining path.

This hike took about an hour and was easy. It was nice since it has lots of trees; it is a cool path as you cross the creek several times.

6 months ago

Nice variety. Woods, a stream and open fields on this hike. In many parts it's also a horseback riding trail so be forewarned.

Very scenic and not overcrowded like delaware trails

7 months ago

Nice trail, easy to follow! Lots of horses and a few bikers. Just watch out for the horse poo

Absolutely loved the wooded adventure and saw plenty of deer. Unfortunately, the trail has numerous intersections and is not well marked. My dog and I were out for an extra hour because of the lack of a specific route.

This trail sucks. If you enjoy lengthy walks through overgrown grass fields in the beating sun, you might like it. I, however, prefer woods, trees, shade, creeks, rocks... variety. I quickly regretted bringing my dog along for this one, as he had virtually no escape from the sun and quickly started overheating.

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10 months ago

Was more moderate that easy, especially for our novice 10 & 11 year olds. They did have to hop off their bikes a few times. But it was a good experience, and we'll definitely do it again.

Perfect for a short hike with my kids. We enjoyed the different creeks and horses passing us.

10 months ago

Decent hike. Over grown in parts. Not hard. Moderate.

11 months ago

Excellently maintained. Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because there are sections that are either poorly marked or not marked at all - when multiple trails converge. Otherwise the trail itself and the scenery deserve 5 stars.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

nice trail, well marked and maintained

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great trail for a new rider. Trail winds through a wooded area, inclines and declines are relatively gentle. Has some roots and rocks in a few locations that spices up the ride. I think there was 4 creek crossings which always adds to the experience. I was looking for a longer ride so I did the loop in both directions. Its a little easier if you bear to the right and go counterclockwise. Either way it is enjoyable trail.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

double track trail for the most part, not very clearly marked, but for a good quick workout it is a nice trail. gravel is loose in some areas so be careful

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Well marked, easy trail. I took my 11 and 7 year olds with me and they loved it. They especially loved the Nature Center play area. We saw lots of horses, too! It was a bit long for them, but there are shorter options.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Was very fun but easily got a bit confused on how to get back. No worries we retraced our steps and we're there in no time!

Friday, November 11, 2016

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!

Monday, September 26, 2016

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!

Monday, July 25, 2016

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

on Fair Hill Orange Trail

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beautiful trail well maintained & marked

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

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.

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Saturday, September 05, 2015

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.

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