Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Elkton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

4 days 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
6 days 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.

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.

3 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.

4 months ago

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.

10 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

11 months ago

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.

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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