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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 (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.

This was a great hike! Good workout, great scenery, but super muddy- almost impassable- at spots. This trail is incredibly well marked, IF you can pay attention to the bright orange blazes that are everywhere! No, there’s no signs pointing you in the right direction, but there’s hundreds of orange blazes! Easy to make this into a full six miles. Will return here often!

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail. Kinda beat up at parts because of the horse use but it’s still quite nice. Great views. Cool covered bridge. Will be returning to area to complete other trails as well as a large loop in the future.

DONT LEAVE ANYTHING VALUABLE IN YOUR CAR!! We parked in the rt 273 parking lot and completed the whole loop around 5.8 miles. As we were finishing up the credit card company was calling about a $1,500 and $2,000 dollar purchase that was trying to be made... sure enough when we got back to the car $250 cash and credit/debit cards were stolen. The police and park rangers came and said car burglaries have been happening more frequently around there. My car was locked and they either pried the driver door open or the ranger said they have been getting in with somehow tripping the electric. the trail itself was a little muddy but a nice mixture of fields, woods and water.

If you like long walks in the woods than the first half of the hike is one for you, but if you like long walks through scorching fields than the second half of this trail is for you. This trail in my opinion is one of the worst that I have hiked and was not much fun. I would only advise this trail to experienced hikers.

walking
2 months ago

Parked at parking lot #1. Took me and my dog 2 hours to complete the loop. Trail is easy to follow if you pay attention to marked signs. If not I can see how you could get lost easily. Mostly wooded paths I thought there would be a lot more open fields and spaces. There was not many people on this trail. Don’t forget your boots. Lots of poop and mud. Lots of up hill and down hill on trail. Scenic and pretty overall.

hiking
3 months ago

BEAUTIFUL short hiking trail. Little to no underbrush so you can feel more confident about avoiding ticks. Nice variety of wooded scenery. Wear good shoes as it can be muddy in a few spots.

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked, good mix of hills/flat areas and trees/open fields; and multiple trail options. Parking lot off Appleton Rd costs a few bucks.

horseback riding
3 months ago

On horseback. The trail is well marked. Rocky in some areas. Recommend shoes or hoof boots. Scenic. Meandering forest trails, stream crossings, open fields. Can hop off at the red covered bridge and picnic at the tables in the pavilion. There’s a place to tie horses up to. I parked at the North Appleton lot (Lot #3) and started out on the Green Trail which hooks up with Orange Loop at the covered bridge. Combo of Green and Orange trails this way made for a nice 2 hour trail ride.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice trail, prepare to get muddy, watch out for lots of horse poop too. Not able to go very high speed , but a descent workout, I would keep it for the horses though.

Great for the pups!! So much open space I feel I could spend all day there! Holly trails!!!

nice big loop. it's all gravel road and the gravel gets pretty large at points. might not want to wear those ultralight trail runners for this loop.

hiking! pleasant walk...good workout

Poorly marked. No distance information. No maps even though trail is $5 out of state. Don't veer off the marked trail....EVER...very difficult to find your way back to the main trail. Will pass coming back here.

hiking
6 months ago

This place was beautiful and my dog and I loved the variety of trails. Make sure you carry a trail map. There are many unmarked areas.

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely could be marked better..

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, December 03, 2017

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

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Very scenic and not overcrowded like delaware trails

hiking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

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