Introduction to Quest
Join us for a hike at Fair Hill where we will search for our local feathered friends and the variety of habitats they call home. Walk through a forested, field, and water habitat and discover the differences in behaviors and birds that you see. Start your very own Life List!
Two locations are available for the start of the quest: Covered Bridge Lot: Intersection of Tawes Drive and Black Bridge Road, Elkton, MD 21921 or North Appleton Lot: 2941 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921.
The Trail is not suitable for strollers. Dogs on leash are permitted, but may inhibit bird watching. We suggest wearing repellant against biting insects such as ticks and thoroughly checking for ticks at home. Poison ivy is present, we suggest you learn to identify and avoid coming into contact with bare skin. We also recommend sun protection such as sunscreen, hats and long-sleeved clothing, and bringing and drinking PLENTY of water.
We suggest bringing binoculars you have them. Please note: The Cecil County Fair takes place July 20th through July 28th, and Fair Hill International 3* Event takes place October 19th through October 21st. Our quest is available during these times but local traffic is congested during these events.
Encompassing 5,560 acres in Northeastern Maryland, Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area offers 80 miles of multi-use trails and an array of facilities, services and special events. Visitors enjoy recreational activities like hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, fox chasing and a number of different equestrian events including trail riding, steeplechase, dressage and carriage driving. Fair Hill is regarded as the premier equestrian facility on the East Coast and is recognized as one of the finest in the nation. Large special events like the Cecil County Fair, Scottish Games, and the Fair Hill Classic mountain bike race draw over 150,000 visitors annually. Facilities include five day use parking areas for trail access, the Fair Grounds, Foxcatcher Arena, Race Barns with 119 stalls Turf Race Track and Grandstands, two youth group camping sites, the Covered Bridge pavilion, and a Land Navigation Course. Portable toilets are provided in each of the five day use parking lots and a rest room facility is provided at the Fair Grounds area.
Fair Hill NRMA300 Tawes DriveElkton MD 21921410-398-1246
Directions to Fair Hill Natural Resources Management area
Driving Directions to Site:
Covered Bridge Lot: From the Rt. 273/Rt. 213 intersection, travel East on Rt. 273 one half mile to Entrance Road #2. Turn right and make an immediate left on Ranger Skinner Drive. Follow signs for the Fair Hill Nature Center. Turn left on Kennel/Training Center Road. Travel one-half mile and turn right on Tawes Drive. Continue for approx. one mile down to the Covered Bridge. Parking lot will be on your left.
North Appleton Lot: From the Rt. 273/Rt. 213 intersection, travel East on Rt. 273 for approximately four miles, take the third exit onto Appleton Road, continue for approximately one mile, the parking lot will be on your left.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401