Fair Hill Orange Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews

Fair Hill Orange Trail is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Elkton, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.8 miles
515 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


On MD 273 , a little East of MD213. turn south into entrance (just west of bridge over 273, and follow signs to nature center (cross bridge and right at Tawes Drive). Parking lot at Covered Bridge, with porta potties.

23 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

3 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.

3 months ago

Very scenic and not overcrowded like delaware trails

4 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.

8 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.

11 months ago

nice trail, well marked and maintained

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.

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.

mountain biking
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.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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

Monday, March 03, 2014

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

Monday, November 04, 2013

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.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

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.

Monday, March 25, 2013

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. :-)

Sunday, July 08, 2012

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

mountain biking
Thursday, March 29, 2012

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.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Beautiful winter day for hiking with the dog. Just the right amount of rolling hills. I would like to go back and run the same route.

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