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.
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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.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing to demolish Barn B (Cow Barn) at Fair Hill NRMA in Cecil County. This barn, located within the fairgrounds area, has been documented by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (CE-1434).
Barn B (Cow Barn) dates from ca. 1950 and is associated with William du Pont, Jr. who assembled property during the early to mid twentieth century for the Fair Hill Estate which was a large country estate. The barn, one of many cattle barns on the property, was used for his Santa Gertrudis beef operation. DNR has evaluated various options for restoring and using the barn, however due to the severity of the deterioration and the repair costs these options are not feasible.
As part of the Section 106/Historic Preservation Review process MHT has requested that DNR seek public comments on the proposed demolition to find ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate this adverse effect. DNR will be entering into a memorandum of agreement with MHT. Potential mitigation most likely will involve funding the restoration of a similar barn within Fair Hill that is in better condition, and just as historically significant. After the demolition a new like-kind barn will be constructed to replace Barn B (Cow Barn) on the same site.
The public may provide comments via e-mail to Charles N. Mazurek, Historic Preservation Planner with the Department of Natural Resources: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair Hill NRMA offers bow hunting for white-tailed deer in designated areas for licensed hunters possessing a Central Region Hunt Permit and Managed Hunt Permit. Daily sign-in is required.
Fair Hill NRMA holds a managed shotgun hunt in January. A lottery system is used to select hunters. A Managed Hunt Permit is required to participate in the hunt, though it is not required to participate in the lottery.
Fair Hill NRMA offers raccoon hunting in designated areas for licensed hunters. Daily reservations are required.
Fair Hill NRMA has a falconry hunting program in designated areas. Daily reservations are required.
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.
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 Diana Marsteller at email@example.com.
Visitors are required to purchase an honor system pass daily ($3 Maryland residents; $5 out-of-state visitors). Military Veterans are admitted to Maryland State Parks for half price ($1.50 Maryland residents; $2.50 out-of-state visitors). Military Veterans are also admitted free of charge on Veteran's Day.
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 pier 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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