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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.

hiking
1 month 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

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.

mountain biking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

nice trail, well marked and maintained

mountain biking
9 months ago

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.

mountain biking
9 months ago

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

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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!

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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.

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