NRMA Office: Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) is approximately one hour north of Baltimore and 25 minutes west of Wilmington, Delaware. From I-95 north, take exit 100 to Rt. 272 north. Go approximately 6 miles to Rt. 273. Turn right (east) onto Rt. 273 and go approximately 5 miles. Turn right into entrance #3, turn left onto Ranger Skinner Road, turn left onto Training Center Road and cross over Route 273. Turn right onto Tawes Drive. The NRMA office is located on your immediate right.
Located in the northeast corner of Cecil County, within a one-hour drive of Baltimore City, the Fair Hill NRMA 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.
Today, consisting of 5,613 acres it offers more than 75 miles of trails and farm roads for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. An historic covered bridge which spans Big Elk Creek, provides an idyllic picnic spot.
In the past, Fair Hill was almost exclusively used by equestrians. Today, it is very pro mountain bike. Fair Hill is supported by a very active mountain bike group led by volunteers like the Delaware Trail Spinners, who organize special events, trail maintenance and one of the state's most popular mountain biking races every July.
The following are trail descriptions for five blazed circuit routes, which provide access to different areas of the NRMA. In addition to these circuits, there are many miles of inter-connected secondary trails for the adventurous mountain bike rider to explore.
A detailed trail guide, complete with a topographical map of the trails, is available for sale through the park office by calling (410) 398-1246.
Red Trail: 2.5 miles (easy to moderate)
Yellow Trail: 3.2 miles (moderate)
Blue Trail: 3.8 miles (moderate)
Green Trail: 5.5 miles (moderate)
Orange Trail: 5.8 miles (difficult)
(Trail information was provided as a public service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. www.dnr.maryland.gov)
Fair Hill was one of the largest private land holdings in the east, formerly owned by William duPont, Jr., an avid equestrian who acquired the farmland as a means to enjoy horseback riding and fox chasing. Fair Hill was purchased by the state in 1975 from Mr. duPont's estate.
Foxcatcher Farm Covered Bridge:
For more information:
Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area
Phone: (410) 398-1246