Fairland Regional Park - Trail, Silver Spring, Maryland

Fairland Regional Park - Trail, Silver Spring, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

A relatively flat single track that winds in and out of paved walking trails. There are some hills but they are very short. There are lots of cut backs and dead ends along with some fun stream crossings. I have not yet explored some trails as there are lots of routes. Turtles and Deer seem to like hanging out on the trail.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 29, 2012]
Martin
Weekend Warrior

Worth noting that all of the previous reviews are very dated. Fariland has come a long way since 2008, and there are several miles of trails very worth riding in the park. And, there are plans for even more trails to add to them.

The loop at Fairland is not highly technical and perfect for novice to intermediate riders. Lots of fun twisty singletrack and plenty of short burst climbs to get your heart rate going. There's evena coouple of lumber features and skinnies to play in. Advanced riders will appreciate that they can get a good workout and hone their singletrack skills.

Customer Service

I generally park on the far end by field 5 and take the paved trail to the trailhead by the restrooms at the main lot. The 3/4 mile or so of bike path is a nice little warm up before you hit the dirt. Grab a park map from Farilands website and study it before you go. I generally do a couple of 6+ mile loops for a total of 12 miles or so of riding.

Similar Products Used:

Patapsco about 10 miles or so to the north

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 16, 2009]
Bruce
Weekend Warrior

Not epic- not extreme- just a whole lot of fast fun. Austin (the MORE trail liason) has built a fantastic system of year round ridable fun trails. Good planning, volunteer organization, and strategic armoring. Explore, go fast, have fun. Ride it all once in about an hour and then do it again the other way. Check out the "whoop-de-do's" just below the ball fields off Powder Mill Rd.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 03, 2008]
ddbass
Weekend Warrior

I'm a relative newb so factor that into what you're about to read. I started on the paved part which was a nice warm up for the trail portion. The paved part has plenty of fast straight parts, some relaxing downhills and just enough uphills to get the cardio working. There are multiple opportunities to exit the paved part into some trails which, to my untrained body, were kinda tough. Lots of roots of all sizes in alternating sparse and dense concentrations. Some large logs, streams and awkward areas as well. There were some muddy patches which had clearly been riden though (tisk, tisk) and posed some problems. I got lost in the thick of it once but was able to find my way out eventually. I wholly agree that this would have been better having been w/ someone who knows the trails. My next time should be better.

As for those who thought this was boring, I can only say that if this trail wasn't exciting, I can't wait to see what's in store when I hit some of the more "exciting" trails.

Customer Service

None yet.

Similar Products Used:

n/a

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 16, 2006]
gsmolin
Weekend Warrior

Overall, you can make a loop with minimal backtracking that takes my out of shape body about 1:45 to complete. Lots of steep hills, but short. Lots of roots as well, a couple stream crossings, a couple of fast singletrack sections. Not too technical, but can challenge you physically if you're out of shape like me. Its worth riding w/ someone who knows the trails to get the loop down, but I'll describe it as best I can below.

Customer Service

Park by the tennis courts, and take the paved path into the park; when the paved path splits, take the right fork, and a trailhead will be up on your left about 100 meters. Take this trail and it will spit you out by the playground. Keep going straight across the ravine, and you'll hit a couple fast straight sections of trail and a stream crossing. Go left on the other bank of the stream, prepare for a long uphill, a fast straight section, and you'll loop back across the stream, back up to the playground/ravine. Take the slight left of the fork at the playground/ravine and you'll eventually come out at a paved trail. Go down and across the wooden bridge and on your right you can pick up the trail again. This will eventually spit you out on the road, and you have to walk your bike across the road bridge across the stream, but then you can get back on the trail across the stream, go uphill for a ways, and take a right in the pine tree area. This will then keep going and spit you out onto the paved trail that you started on.

Similar Products Used:

Only if you want to drive for 30 minutes.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 29, 2004]
crashmore
Cross Country Rider

I started riding this trail this year since I work very close by. Even when the days were shorter I was able to get to the trails quick enough to get a quick loop or two in after work. The first couple of times I rode these trails I had a hard time making it into a loop. To remedy the situation I attended one of the frequent trail work days and got a tour from some folks who know it well. Since learning the loop I really like this place. Not too much technical stuff but there's enough fast single track there to keep it fun! Great after work ride! It's worth mentioning that thanks to the volunteer efforts from MORE these trails keep getting better and better. When all the improvements and new trails are in place this place is really going to rock.

Customer Service

Can be kind of cunfusing at the moment. Find someone who knows the trails and ride with them.

Similar Products Used:

Not much else around in the immediate area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 27, 2002]
Jason DeRoche

The loop I described has many variations and the are lots of trails off of it. It's relatively easy with some short climbs but after a few laps it does the job.

Customer Service

Enter to the far right of the park and follow the trail down to the stream. Follow the stream left and you'll come to a paved path. Cross the bridge and look for the Holly trail on the right. Follow this trail until you come to a trail head at a playground. Go right and follow this trail. It leads to a sand and gravel pit where I recommend turning around and following the trail back to the playground area. Stay right (not going back the way you came). Follow this back to the paved path.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 08, 2002]
Chris

Fairland Park rules because: it never gets so crazy you shouldn't ride by yourself (like Patapsco), I've seen one other biker in my 10 trips (unlike everywhere else), and it has a little bit of everything. Watch out for the first downhill (assuming you entered from the playground)...if you see the rusted-out VW Beetle, you're in for a ride.
Low use, impeccable trails, variety, and challenge make Fairland a hidden classic in the MD MTB scene (assuming there is one).

Customer Service

Take the first right off of Gunpowder Rd, past the park...follow to the next park entrance. Enter trail behind playground, make first right. Follow down to paved part. Take the uphill climb you see on your left...this turns into a 2+ mile classic with multiple stream crossings, great uphills and downhills, and technical singletrack.

Similar Products Used:

Patapsco, Annapolis HS, Wye Mills

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 08, 2002]
Chris M.

I can give better directions for those interested...provided they promise to stay on the trails, to not ride after a rain, and to help keep the place in generally good shape.

Customer Service

E-mail for directions, though I am loathe to imagine the place getting busy.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 04, 2003]
LD

Great trails for those that live close. I wouldn't make it a long drive tho. Not really hard. In the PG side, there's a nice singletrack loop that was mostly built by MORE recently. The Holly trail (blue blazes) is probably the best little section of singletrack in the park. In the MoCo side, the riding's a little more steep and rugged, but poorly maintained (apparently they were not as cooperative with MORE as PG). I like it tho cuz it's challenging and the stream crossings are tricky. So glad to finally be able to get a real ride in during the week. Don't let MORE's work go to waste by riding when it's muddy. Would give it a 3, but gave it a 4 for convenience.

Customer Service

Generally a maze of trails. You gotta figure out how to make the loops or have someone show you.

Similar Products Used:

Patapsco for the more hardcore.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 08, 2003]
JoJo

The person who said these trails aren't worth a long drive to get to was correct. I live about 5 miles away, and probably won't go back anytime soon. A couple of the trails were ok, but nothing too exciting. I rode with my girlfriend, and even she thought they were kinda boring.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
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