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Level: Intermediate
Length: 80 mi (128.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,632/1 ft
Total: 159 riders
 

Mountain Biking Fair Hill

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#12 of 97 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#1326 in the world

There are 5 major trail loops, but all have trails that interconnect. I've ridden here many times and can say that I've never done the exact same thing yet. There is about 80 miles worth of total trails. A lot of singletrack, some farmers fields, some dirt/fire road trails. Excellent place to ride. Go here with lots of time!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
In Cecil County, exit 100 off Interstate 95 North toward Rising Sun on Route 272 North. Take a right on Rt. 273 and follow to the intersection of Rt. 273 and 213, proceed through the traffic light. Fair Hill entrance to fairgrounds, race barns, Walls Hall and riding stables is 300 yards on the right. Immediately on your left is a parking area that connects with the Orange Trail. Parking is on an honor system of $2 a vehicle. There are 5 main parking areas, this is the easiest one to get too.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Fair Hill/Rising Sun, Maryland

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Intermediate | 18 mi

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Q: Can these trails be ridden on a rigid cross bike?

Q: How are these trails with Spring Wetness - ridable tomorrow? ( Sat 4-24-15)

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  • rmap01
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    I really struggle trying to rate this trail system as I always have a difficult time navigating even with Trail Forks. While there is clearly some quality singletrack it just seems to be somewhat short lived before you get dumped out on some uninspired double track. I've ridden here half a dozen times and each time I do I always ask myself why I didn't ride at White Clay instead.

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  • Big1Dawg
    *****

    I love this place and ride here several times a week. I live between Fair Hill and White Clay and prefer Fair Hill it's more challenging. There are miles of single track marked loops and lesser marked trails off the marked ones. Keep your eyes out for signs saying not suitable for horses they are some of the more fun trails. There is sufficient amount of trails that you can easily mix up your rides and not be stuck to the same trails. I like to start out in a direction and go with flow that day it's never boring. Mid week rides are best less horses and hikers. If you go on weekend or holidays an early start is recommended lots of horses mid day. You can't go wrong here.

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  • Jason Eames
    *****

    Grew up riding and hiking here. A lot of people seem to be afraid of getting lost or feel turned around but the park is basically split into quadrants by Big Elk Creek and 273. If you ever get lost, you're bound to hit at least one of those features. Lots of old ruins from a former DuPont estate and plenty of cool trails like the green loop or crack head bob. I think it's the best place to ride in East PA/MD/DE

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  • Nick Hepler
    *****

    This is a pretty large park and most of the singletrack is not marked. There's a ton of great singletrack here with varying levels of difficulty. There's also a lot of doubletrack that allow you to get out and ride when the trails are too wet. Lot's of equestrian activity so keep alert for piles of horseshit. Most of the trails are not marked and it can be tough to navigate at places. It may take a few visits to learn the system and find the trails that work for you. Definitely a great trail system with tons of great riding.

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  • djf500
    ***

    A maze of twisty singletrack. Really helps to have a guide as there are miles and miles of trail back here (I think over 50 miles...). I've only been here a few times and it's not my personal favorite type of riding (not technical at all) but it is fun. Less 'flow' than White Clay, more roots in sections but overall a fast, fun ride. Oh and be ready to share the trail with lots of horses!

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  • rockmahala
    *****

    Awesome place to ride if you want to put in some miles. Would've been very easy to get lost without my gps. Been here twice so far and I know I haven't ridden all the trails. Going back this weekend to ride the other side of route 273. Watch out for the horse poo and if you see a sign not safe for equestrian use you've found a decent loop. Looking forward to riding here again.

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  • Alex NIN
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    I was lucky enough to purchase the last map a very helpful Park Ranger had on him. He also let me know a good place to park and where some of the best singletrack was. Basically I rode near the blue trail Little Egypt area then rode down to the Yellow trail area where I found some pretty awesome trails and finished near the Green trail area. It's a huge area and you have to cross large fields and roads. If you get lost in a field hit the treeline and you'll probably find trails to ride. It worked for me and If it says unsuited for equestrian use it's a good trail. I did occasionally get lost but with such a huge area that's too be expected. The map helped and my gps app too. I enjoyed the ride and I'll be back. Great work by the Delaware Trail Spinners

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  • RobMarks2
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    This is a huge park, and your opinion would depend on where you ride. For me, some of the trails were great, and some ok. I was constantly lost.

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  • fretter34
    ****

    Beautiful rolling singletrack. I raced here last year. It was an eye opening experience. I do believe I handled everything....but I was dead by the end of it! It is nicely maintained. It is shared by horses, so watch out for the piles of poo. I've been back a couple times after the race. I was at the jamboree too. Good times!

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  • liv4air
    *****

    Best of the East thus far! Being from California, I am a little spoiled since we have so many great trails to ride, so I have been less than impressed by the rocky, rooty, short loop East Coast rides I have found so far. That said, these trails are well laid out, not overly technical and really fun. Smooth single or double tracks that the Park keeps totally 'groomed'. We ran into a maintenance guy using a blower to clear leaves off the trails - never seen that one before. Several loops that are color coded (Park Office sells a great map for $6) and well marked with 'Not suitable for horses' signs on the choicest MTB routes. Says 80 miles but no way is that possible w/o riding ALOT of fire/gravel roads...more like 30-40 but still worth a visit! Over 2 days, we rode all of the color loops and most of the lesser marked singe tracks - Loved this place!

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  • fretter33
    *****

    Wowzers! This place is gorgeous. I went here for the first time last weekend. It was a race. I didn't really know what to expect. I would say its nothing short of amazing. There are some nice climbs followed by beautiful downhills. Nothing that's crazy technical, but certainly enough to keep your attention. Worth the ride(I live about 1.5hours away). I only rode about 8 miles worth...but what a great 8 miles! I'm going back in 2 days to put some real mileage down. Awesome!!

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  • jtorlando25
    *****

    Wish I lived closer. This place can definitely be made into an epic. I rode here and only had time for 15 miles but could have ridden all day. It's one big network of trails but feels like you're riding somewhere different every time you hit a different loop because there is so much variation in the ride. Loved it here.

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  • SaSaSandie
    *****

    Fair Hill is one of my favorite places to ride. The trails are great and you can eaily get in a 25 mile loop. Not very technical and the climbs aren't big either. Good maps available through MD state parks.

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  • jfigel76
    ****

    Possilble Epic. Many opportunites to get lost and do a lot of miles. Trails are not clearly marked and crisscross each other many times. There is a race here, so go for the preride and you will not get lost. Many access points and riding options. Trails are not technical with no major rock gardens, no drop offs. Can be real fun with someone who knows where they are going. Otherwise, you are stopping every .25 mile trying to figure out where to go.

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  • andrewasdf
    *****

    BEAUTFUl perfect trails. this is the place you can just spend the whole day at and every weekend and ride a diffrent trail everyday. the yellow trail section is my favortie. its got trails going every dirction and you can just wonder around. its not that hard to find your way around here but i would recamend getting a map any way cuz it will help you find the best trails. and make sure you dont miss the big race in july http://www.masuperseries.com/2010/index.php?view=details&id=16:delaware-trail-spinners-fair-hill-classic&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=12

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  • nattylocks420
    **

    very large grounds a lot of riding available. disappointed with the level of riding there. very easy not to much technical riding. good place for a beginner to learn. wouldn't necessarily ride it again if up to me.

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  • John Fisch
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    There's about everything here except the highly techncial. There is tons of singletrack, but it is interspersed with lots of doubletrack and dirt road so it's not always easy to devise a good loop of singletrack. Most of the singletrack through the trees is nice. The singletrack through the meadows is scarcely better than the roads. This is a good place to put in the miles if you're not too fussy a singletrack purist.

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