Fair Hills Natural Resources

At the 5,613-acre Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Maryland, several management techniques are utilized to ensure that the state’s natural resources are utilized to their full potential while also being protected. Fair Hill is renowned for the untouched quality of its fields, woodlands, and natural beauty, and it shares a border with Pennsylvania to the north and is located less than a half mile west of Delaware.

Fair Hill, located in Elkton, Maryland, was once owned by William duPont, Jr., a passionate equestrian who purchased the acreage in order to enjoy riding as well as fox chasing. At one point, Fair Hill was one of the greatest private land holdings in the East. In 1975, the estate of Mr. duPont was sold to the state of Delaware, which then purchased Fair Hill.

One of the things that visitors may enjoy at Fair Hill is the turf course, which hosts steeplechase, timber course, and flat races over the Memorial Day weekend and offers pari-mutuel wagering. Visitors frequently stop for picnic lunches at a pavilion that is located close to the historic covered bridge that has a more rustic appearance. The fairgrounds are home to the annual Cecil County Fair, which draws in approximately 80,000 people over the course of its weeklong run.

At the fairgrounds, there is a hall that may be used for activities and has seating for 450 people. Meetings, wedding receptions, and other types of events can be organized in this space, which features a kitchen and washroom facilities and is open to event planners. This property, which was previously a duPont estate and features a turf course, historic covered bridge, special events, and 80 miles of trails, is known for its strong equestrian traditions.

The Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area is the crown jewel of birding in Cecil County thanks to its 5,656 acres and great array of habitats. This area has documentation for fifty percent of the species that may be found in Cecil County. Fair Hill is a large region of grasslands, forests, and stream bank habitat that is located in the northeastern corner of Cecil, bordering Pennsylvania, and less than a mile west of Delaware. This habitat is near to Big Elk Creek and the headwaters of the Christina River.

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