Fair Hill County Park - Trail, Elkton, Maryland

Fair Hill County Park - Trail, Elkton, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 03, 2013]
Raz
Cross Country Rider

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 20, 2013]
Blue Sugar
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

White Caly Creek and Middle Run in Newark, DE.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 08, 2011]
Mike
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 12, 2011]
bigbeck
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

White Clay, Middle Run, Patapsco (1 hour south)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 22, 2010]
92gli
Cross Country Rider

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 25, 2008]
dave_n_va
Cross Country Rider

If you are looking to do a long, sustained cardio workout, this is the perfect place! There are 50 or more miles of fire roads where you can really push yourself at a steady pace. There terrain is, for the most part, flat to genty sloped, though there are some sections with steep, short climbs.

There are 20+ miles of singletrack trails, most of which are beginner to intermediate level. The trails are very well maintained & mostly smooth, so you can get some real speed & have a blast weaving your way through the forest.

Remember to bring extra tubes on your ride, during the 3 weekends we were there, we averaged a flat per day. There is one reason for the excessive number of flats, briers - they are everywhere and they are all looking for some soft rubber to dig into.

Also watch out for horses, especially close to the stables & the red loop section. For some reason, many horses seem to get real nervous around bikes - I recommend getting off your bike to let the horses pass - its safer for everyone involved.

If you want gps tracks of several of the loops, check out http://www.gpstrailsource.com/ You can download all of the loops that the park has marked with blaze colors plus several of our favorite loops.

Customer Service

There are many great loops here. One of our favorites is the South Park loop. Park at the Appleton Road parking lot. Ride the ridge trail down to the fenced in section called South Park. This corner of the park has the feel of a nature preserve. It is a heavily wooded section and hillier than most of the other trails in the park - absolutely beautiful and serene. Ride back up the singletrack trail close to the stream to finish the loop.

Similar Products Used:

Patapsco (Avalon)
Greenbrier

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 29, 2007]
bh3733
Cross Country Rider

The first time i rode here it kicked my butt! Since then i have come to love the place! the park is absolutly huge and if you get off the marked trails you are in for a gret time. We got on an unmarked trail south of the yellow trail, called south park, it was some of the best singletrack i have ever ridden, several switchbacks, some narrow trails just a great area to ride. While on this trail, we came accross a park maintenece worker who was telling us about another singletrack area also located off the yellow trail called crackhead bob. This trail was insane! several areas where insected with fireroads and horse trails and nothing was marked except no horses allowed. there also several areas where you pass through trees and can barely get your handlebars between them.

Deffinatly a great time and someone could spend several days riding all the trails. can't wait for spring to head up there again!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 20, 2007]
snowhoss
Weekend Warrior

WOW, this place is huge! I believe the website actually says there are 75 miles of trails covering over 5,000 acres of land. I went here for the first time on 8/18/2007 and it wasn't too difficult to learn your way around "some" of the property. Very wide open and fast is what I can say about some of the trails. I only saw one other rider on the trails and met several nice equestrian trail riders, yes they are out there.
The single track was very well maintained, riding through the cross country course(equestrian) was interesting. The stream crossings are nothing to be afraid of, water level has been low recently. No brutal hills to kill your energy like Loch Raven, but enough rolling hills to keep you breathing heavy. Just when you think you can't take it you begin your descent.
Anyone coming from the Baltimore area can expect the trip to take about an hour to get there and $5 toll after you cross the Sussie. I expect I will make it up there once a month as long as the weather is good. Enjoy!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 20, 2007]
Antonio
Weekend Warrior

WOW, this place is huge! I believe the website actually says there are 75 miles of trails covering over 5,000 acres of land. I went here for the first time on 8/18/2007 and it wasn't too difficult to learn your way around "some" of the property. Very wide open and fast is what I can say about some of the trails. I only saw one other rider on the trails and met several nice equestrian trail riders, yes they are out there.
The single track was very well maintained, riding through the cross country course(equestrian) was interesting. The stream crossings are nothing to be afraid of, water level has been low recently. No brutal hills to kill your energy like Loch Raven, but enough rolling hills to keep you breathing heavy. Just when you think you can't take it you begin your descent.
Anyone coming from the Baltimore area expect the trip to take about an hour to get there and $5 toll after you cross the Sussie. I expect I will make it up there once a month as long as the weather is good. Enjoy!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 16, 2007]
Victor61
Cross Country Rider

The thing that disginguishes Fair Hill is it's size. I can only guess at the total mileage of rideable trails, but you could certainly ride there for a very long time before duplicating sections.

Highly technical sections are infrequent, which makes it excellent for single-speeders and hard tails. Some sections sections are so tree lined they make you want shorter handlebars. I've hit my handlebars more than once. There are climbs to be had, but they tend not to be rocky.

The trail map is helpful (purchase one at the park office), but it's not going to help you on every turn. Nevertheless, if you're going there for the first time and don't have someone who knows the trail system, it's nice to have one so that you can get a general sense of the place.

It's my favorite place to ride my full rigid, ss, 29er because of the rolling, well-groomed, high-quality trails.

Don't let the lack of technical trails deter you. No matter your level of conditioning Fair Hill, if ridden long enough, will exhaust you.

Customer Service

Too many to even specify. It has multiple parking lots and points of entry.

Similar Products Used:

White Clay Creek is even smoother and faster, but maybe not as large.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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