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Fair Hill County Park

Average Rating:    (4.61 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 49

This sizable park was formerly a DuPont family estate with more than 10 miles of horse trails through woods and fields and along the beautiful Elk creek. All trails open to mountain biking.
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Latitude
39.70137566512028
Longitude
-75.86677551269531
Trail Directions
From the intersection of Md 213 and Md 273, go about one mile east on Md 273, past the Fair Hill Fairgrounds and turn right on Kennel Road. Go 1/2 mile to first intersection and park in lot on right. On bike, cross Kennel road (to east side) and head downhill on one of the many trails.
Trail Length
10 plus miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Elkton
   


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Review Date
August 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Raz ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place is awesome!!! You could easily ride a different loop every time you go here. As for duration that is totally up to with more then 80 miles of trails and more being built this place is a no brainer.



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Review Date
February 20, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Blue Sugar ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We rode here in April of 2012. First we came and rode by ourselves. It didn't go too well. We bought a map at the park office and asked the ladies there for routing advice. Although they mean well, they tend to equate difficulty level with length and elevation gain and thus will tell you to go ride the fire roads for a given distance and with a given amount of climbing. Not what most mountain bikers want. Problem is, there are trails everywhere here, but most of them are old and no fun to ride on a mountain bike. The trails you want to ride are the new trails being built by riders affiliated with Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). As of our visit in April 2012, these trails were not yet on the park map, so you need to hook up with locals. We did that, joining a Wednesday night ride. The trails they took us on were fun, tending to be windy, with a lot of short, steep climbing and descending, and relatively smooth and fast. Great for a single speed, unless you're trying to keep up with hammerheads on geared bikes, as I was. I managed to keep up, and finished the nineteen mile ride about as spent as I've ever been. Judging from the repitition, I'd say there was about ten miles of bike specific trail in place at the time, with more being built at a rapid pace. This is a huge place with lots of opportunity for more trail.

Recommended Route:
I can't give one. All I can recommend is to find a group ride on the MORE website and join that. Or try to get hold of a bike trail map if one exists.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Caly Creek and Middle Run in Newark, DE.



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Review Date
June 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Decided to check out riding at Fair Hill. It is an expansive area multi-activity area where one can ride. There is a mix of single track trails that run through the woods and then there are wider gravel paths and mowed trails through fields. Can't say I found any really technical or grueling single track trail nor any major climb or descending trail. I'd say if you want really technical or challenging single track I'd look elsewhere. However it is a good blend of trails for easy to immediate riders like myself who wanted to getting some decent riding in and a good workout. Be sure to bring $4 (non-resident fee) with you for parking. Parking is on the honor system.

Recommended Route:
Park at Gallaher and Elks Mill Road, head out on a trail then eventually across Telegraph Road and loop around and back to parking lot. Plenty of trail options.



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Review Date
February 12, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bigbeck ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My first ride on these trails did not impress me at all. Way too many fire roads and precious little singletrack. I had a map too.
With over 100 miles of trails, It's just too big to find your way by yourself.

I went back the next day and met a couple of guys who offered to show me a nice little 2 hour loop. I was grinning from ear to ear for the entire ride. They took me past what looked like old farm house ruins, over a sunken bridge and over a covered bridge. Lots of twisty technical single track, lots of roller coaster hard pack. It's a really fun place to ride.

Recommended Route:
One of the best trails that I rode on was not on the map,but get one anyway. Find a local who can show you a killer loop and you can branch out from there. It's not fun getting lost in this big place. I've ridden there 5 times in the fall of 2010 and I'm just starting to learn the northern section.
It's a 1.5 hour drive for me to get to fair hill but it's worth it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Clay, Middle Run, Patapsco (1 hour south)



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Review Date
April 22, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: 92gli ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Since no one has written a review in a year and a half I just wanted to add a few things.

- This park is big. Not national park big but big for a state park. The single track miles must be over 50 at this point, new stuff is added constantly.

- Most of the trails are rolling single track and tight technical sections. No really difficult or long climbs. Great for singlespeed bikes.

- This is a big destination for the horse riders but there are many routes that split the trail into 2 branches for good distances. 1 of the two branches will be marked "not suitable for equestrian use". Very cool

- The map isn't available on the web for free. It costs $4 through the mail or at the visitor center. There are so many trails the map is a MUST BUY.

- Theres a $3 park fee that you have to put in honor boxes. They DO check. Please pay up as this place is very nicely maintained.



Comments
slipfitting 2 (04/14/2011)
If you buy the map as suggested they will waive the $3.00 park fee for that ride. So the first time you ride you get to ride and a glossy color fold out map for $4.00. Not bad for a truly multi-use friendly trail.
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