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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +341/397 ft
Total: 145 riders
 

Mountain Biking Fairland Recreational Park

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#33 of 99 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#3123 in the world

Nice network of singletrack. Rooty, some small climbs, a creek crossing. Generally well maintained except for a few sections. Can easily ride for an hour or so without going over the same section of trail.

First added by alvin.santoy on Aug 22, 2005. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-95 take the exit for 198 west. Go approximately 1mi and make a left on Old Gunpowder Rd. Pass the Fairland Athletic Complex on your right, then turn right onto Greencastle Rd (approx. 2 mi). A little over a mile, and turn right into the park. Trailhead is located on the left behind the pavillions.

http://www.pgparks.com/places/parks/fairland.html
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  • DADventureTV
    *****

    Since my last review MORE has added a technical section at the southern end of Crow's Foot Trail. Just before the split to either go straight out to Greencastle Rd or left onto tightswitchback to head down to stream crossing and over to Viper Trail you will see a small singletrack leading to your right- take it. Leads to an area with Northshore features, short but steep (like 75-80 degrees) down into bermed turn, some things to jump on and a couple little drops. Fun area to play around and practice skills.

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  • DADventureTV
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    Fun place. Trails are dry and fast right now (10/21/2017), but can be loose in a few places coaxing your back end out on some turns. For me that's fun, but I guess it depends on your point of view LOL Just be ready for it if you hit the corners fast. To me this is an easier intermediate trail. Most of it is flowy single track with a few longer climbs but nothing you can't do if you just drop down into the right gear. A couple stream crossings that are fun. Some roots but nothing you can't do, a few downed trees but nothing an average rider shouldn't be able to get over, a few obstacles (mostly log piles) you can do if you want or go around, a few skinnies in one section, and can get loose in areas. Its a great trail system to ride for fun and for the rider that is beyond beginner trails and wants more of a challenge. For those beginning to ride and get better its a great trail system to be sure you can master before you move on to more technical trails. If you have more skills already, it can be fun by going all out, hitting obstacles and doing skinnies- a couple places you can get some air too- although nothing crazy. NOTE- hikers/walkers use trails too- so keep eyes open and be polite so we can continue to ride this place. Takes about 1.25-1.75 hours to ride all trails once, which will get you about 8 miles or so. But the trails are so interconnected and its a fairly small area so if you find a part you like its easy to hit it again as soon as you are done, or to hit trails other direction for a different experience. I got a pinch flat one time as far on other side of park as possible from my car (didn't have a spare that day) and took me about half hour to hike a bike back to car.

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  • rc46joe
    *****

    I really enjoyed riding at this spot. Fast flowing single track. Ran into some locals and they showed my around the park. First time there and mostly nite rode the trail. Was very fun.

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  • Gottatrysomething
    *****

    Leaves obscuring trail and roots in some spots-be mindful of it. A lot of horse apples lol so watch out for that too. Perfect morning to be riding.

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  • Gottatrysomething
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    Was lucky enough to ride the trail today before the weather turned bad. Kept hearing thunder but it was still away from the trail. Trail was dry in most places but wet in some areas. Enjoyed it.

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  • Gottatrysomething
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    Still muddy in parts of the trail. However it was fun and enjoyed it. I give it another 2 days before it's completely dry but it depends on the weather.

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  • Gottatrysomething
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    Trail is dry and there are some loose dirt/rocks that could cause your MTB to slide if you aren't used to positioning yourself on your MTB. Was able to go a little faster today but burned out after that last hill. A suggestion is to get an energy bar or something so you have enough left to finish the loop. Enjoyed it again.

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  • Gottatrysomething
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    Trail is dry...there are some wet areas but should be completely dry in another 24 hrs. It's fun to ride!

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  • Nairb
    ***

    Good trail system for the area. There are some trail signs at major intersections but I did get distracted/off-course following some of the off-shoots. Not very technical but does contain some obstacles along the trails to practice skill work - most have ride around sections.

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  • gianpy10
    *****

    I'm live nearby to the trails if you want know more above the trails let me know I'm enjoy to show the good rout around the park thanks have a good day.

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  • gianpy10
    *****

    Today I was run but the trails still wet so maybe tomorrow it's most better

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  • RawwDog
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    First time on a single track and I rode with some experienced guys. I picked up speed and tried to keep up, worked on my shifting and cadence. A few tight spots and a few unexpected climbs forced me to do a little walking too. Overall, great track but I would go with someone who knows the terrain or a gps, because the are a lot of intersections will have you twisted around.

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  • axxman
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    good conditions, nice ride afterwork. nothing too steep or long, perfect for breaking in a new bike or if you have not ridden in a while.

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  • Christopher M   ✓ supporter
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    Great moderate length trail. It's in the middle of a larger park so parking is easy and there are restrooms available at the trail head. The trail itself is easy to follow except that the trail markings use trail names and not colors. Take a photo of the map as a back up. Trail has a good variety of terrain and will keep you busy.

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  • Heather Shelton
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    First time out here. Morning was cool, 70's. Nice network of connecting trails. I took a pic of the trail map so we could refer to it. We took our 11 year old out and we all had fun. For off road biking, I'd say this is good for beginners and easy riding for anyone with intermediate skills.

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  • RideXCLikeEnduro
    *****

    Great ride! Been riding there for years, and still find new and challenging trails.you can get going fast and there arnt really any burns accept for a couple on the montgomery county side of the park that are natural or seem to be. I have found some trails that arnt on the map that are really challenging, even for more experienced riders.
    Tip: when riding the loop-dee-loop section (that's what I call it anyways, it is the traile running the ridge along the side of the park bordering the aquatics center.) Ride towards the ice house from the far side near where the paved path enters the woods, close to the golf course. When you do that it becomes like a pump track where you have to pedal in a few locations if u don't keep your speed up.

    Cheers and happy riding!

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  • jrmunroe135
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    Went here after work last week. The trails were well maintained and there were lots of different small loops to ride. Some pretty good descents/climbs and river crossings as well. I would recommend it for a nice moderate ride.

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  • Dave Stevens
    ****

    Fun trail with a couple hours of riding. The best part is riding along the ridges, you can gain a good amount of speed and it has a great flow. Almost every intersection is labeled with the trail names which makes it easy to navigate. There are a lot of roots but I think that they were a blast!

    A good amount of hikers on the trails.

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