Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area

Newark, Delaware 19711

Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area

Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area Professional Review and Guide

"Located in the northeast corner of Cecil County, Maryland, the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area covers 5,622 acres of gentle rolling hillsides, lush forests, wandering streams, and fertile hayfields. The park boasts over 40 miles of singletrack trails. Add to that the dirt roads and paved sections and you have a treasure of mountain bikers in the tri-state area.

If you love singletrack riding, this is the place to go. Fair Hill has a complex trail system, with trails shooting off in all sorts of directions. If you follow the directions closely and use you odometer, you should be fine. Fair Hill is a pro-mountain bike area. In fact, park officials encourage the use of mountain bikes on the park's many trails. Just remember that when riding your bike, you're sharing the trails with other users. Terrain: Singletrack, doubletrack, dirt and paved roads."

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"Everything you could ask for and more! The well-marked loop trail begins steps from the Foxcatcher Farm Covered Bridge before taking you through varied terrain and scenery—past open fields, dense forest, stables, and water views of Big Elk Creek. All of this in a 5,656-acre Natural Resources Management Area located near Elkton."

"Almost endless opportunities in this bucolic corner of extreme northeastern Maryland. With more than 5,600 acres and 75 miles of multiuse trails, Fair Hill has something for everyone.

This hike takes in the highlights of the three largest trails—Orange, Green, and Blue—all sitting north of Fair Hill’s dividing line, MD 273. As you travel through the diverse landscape, keep an eye out for beavers, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and white-tailed deer."

"Known primarily for its rich equestrian heritage, the Fair Hill area does not conjure up images of mountain biking. However, this northern Maryland Natural Resources Management Area has some of the most enjoyable singletrack in the state. Similar to the trails in Patapsco Valley State Park, the Fair Hill Area offers a superb network of trails sure to satisfy the most demanding riders.

The earliest known settlers of the Fair Hill area were the Susquehannock Indians. They belonged to the Iroquois Confederacy. Looking for a peaceful home, the Susquehannocks left the Seneca Nation and settled in this area because of the natural abundance the northern Chesapeake River."

Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area Reviews

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1/13/2009
I make the trip down to Fair Hill from South Jersey all the time. There are other places inteh area like Middle Run & Iron Hill, but I love the flow of Fair Hill. I cam here first in 1999 and I have been making multilpe trips yearly. It is mainly XC and it could be an endurance test if you choose to link all the trails into one ride.
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8/2/2008
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4/7/2007
Lets just say there is a lot more trails at fair hill than is posted on this site. The bike trails are fantastic and vary in degree of difficulty....yes there are horse areas but many trails are off limits to horses and created just for biking...especially down the south end. I decided to post this because fair hill is a great place to mtn bike ...respect and enjoy the trails. The guys that maintain them do a great job!
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6/12/2006
Endless, twisty and very well maintained. One of the best singlespeed spots in the mid-Atlantic, leave the freeride bike at home!
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7/6/2001
Excellent trails, nice scenery. The description is off for this trail. It is near Delaware but is actually in Maryland. The total trail miles is well over 8 and may be closer to 40 or 50. There is something here for every level. Two main roads intersect through the park but several bridges exist to cross which is great. Well maintained and a lot of fun. Word of warning though, bring a map and a compass.
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Trail Information

Newark
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8
Distance
243 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
290 feet
Trailhead Elevation
300 feet
Top Elevation
Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area Office, 410-398-1246
Local Contacts
USGS Newark West, DE-PA-MD; Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area map - available from the park office.
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