300 Tawes DriveElkton, MD 21921
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.
Office and Maintenance Shop Directions: From the Rt. 273/Rt. 213 intersection, travel East on Rt. 273 one half mile to Entrance Road #3. Turn right and make an immediate left on Ranger Skinner Drive. Turn left on Kennel/Training Center Road. Travel one-half mile and turn right on Tawes Drive. Office is located at the corner of Tawes Drive and Training Center Road. The maintenance shop is located just down Tawes Drive from the Office.
Sunrise to Sunset
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
Pets are allowed in Fair Hill NRMA.
Fair Hill is a 5,656 acre Natural Resources Management Area, where multiple management practices are employed for the maximum use and protection of Maryland's natural resources. Bordered by Pennsylvania to the north and less than one half mile west of Delaware, Fair Hill is known for its pristine fields, woodlands and natural beauty. At one time one of the largest private land holdings in the East, Fair Hill was formerly owned by William duPont, Jr., an avid equestrian rider who acquired the farmland as a means to enjoy riding as well as fox chasing. Fair Hill was purchased by the state in 1975 from Mr. duPont's estate.
Fair Hill's attractions include the turf course, where steeplechase, timber course and flat races are held Memorial Day weekend with pari-mutuel wagering (www.fairhillraces.org). A pavilion is situated near the historic, rustic covered bridge where visitors frequently stop for picnic lunches. The fairgrounds host the annual Cecil County Fair where some 80,000 visitors attend the weeklong event (www.cecilcountyfair.org). Also located at the fairgrounds is the Edward L. Walls Activity Hall, with a capacity of 350 people. It includes kitchen and restroom facilities, and is available to rent for functions which further the mission of the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service or the local agricultural community. The Tea Barn, located at the west end of Fair Hill Drive, is a popular venue for weddings and birthday parties. It has a capacity of 125 people.
Fair Hill is open dawn to dusk.
Many Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry. These practices include energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation methods.
Click on this link to view the green profile and the list of sustainable practices for Fair Hill NRMA.
The 2014-2015 Bow Hunting Season at the Fair Hill NRMA commences September 6, 2014 and extends through January 31, 2015. The designated bow hunting areas are comprised of approximately 1800 acres. All hunters must register at the Fair Hill NRMA office located at 300 Tawes Drive, Elkton, MD, 21921 and must present a valid Maryland Hunting License and a Managed Hunt Permit. Please contact the park office for additional information. Click here for 2014-2015 Bow Hunting Rules and Regulations. To view bow hunting maps A, B, C and D, click here. Please note: Area “D” does not open for bow hunting until November 1, 2014. To view bow hunting map E, click here.
Hunters are permitted to enter one hour before sunrise and exit one hour after sunset, provided that they are engaged in legitimate, authorized hunting activity.
Designated areas of the park are open to Raccoon Hunting from October 15, 2014 through March 15, 2015. Raccoon hunting is allowed by permit only. All hunters must present a valid Maryland Hunting License, a Managed Hunt Permit and a Fur Bearers Permit at time of registration. Please contact the park for permit information, as well as, rules and regulations and maps.
Currently, the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area is conducting monthly trail work parties for volunteers interested in assisting park staff with maintaining trails. The work parties are held the second Saturday of each month (April-October), meeting at 9 a.m. at the Fair Hill NRMA Maintenance Complex located on Tawes Drive.
For volunteer opportunities that are of an individual or local nature and/or associated with schools, clubs or businesses, please contact Ranger Chris Grieco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors are required to purchase an honor system pass daily ($3 Maryland residents; $5 out-of-state visitors) to help offset maintenance and operational costs. A park pass can be obtained from an Honor Box, located in each of the five designated parking lots. An annual pass ($75 Maryland residents; $100 out-of-state visitors) can be obtained from the park office. The annual pass may be displayed on the dashboards of all vehicles registered to the same household.
Fair Hill offers an accessible race track restroom, office, Walls Activity Hall, fairgrounds, and an accessible fishing per at the Covered Bridge over Big Elk Creek. The creek is stocked for trout twice a year and there are panfish year round.
For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
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