Join us for an approximately 3.5 mile hike through Fair Hill, where we will search for our local feathered friends and the variety of habitats they call home. Your quest will take you through forests, wetland, and fields where you can observe birds in their natural habitat and watch how their behavior changes in different environments. Discover why native plants support local bird communities, and how you can see more birds where you live.
Quest is available during regular park hours (7:00 am to Sunset). To increase your likelihood of seeing a greater variety of birds, we suggest visiting in the morning or afternoon as birds are least active in the middle of the day.
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.
Encompassing 5600+ acres, 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 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 Races draw over 150,000 visitors annually. Facilities include five day-use parking areas for trail access, the Fair Grounds, Foxcatcher Arena, Race Barns w/ 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. For more information about the park, please visit our website at https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/fairhill.aspx
Driving Directions to Covered Bridge Parking (Lot #2):
From the Rt. 273/Rt. 213 intersection, travel East on Rt. 273 one quarter 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 approximately one mile down Tawes Drive, the Covered Bridge Parking Lot will be on your left, across from the Fair Hill Nature Center.
Park Quest Contact: Ranger Diana Marsteller email@example.com
Fair Hill Duty Ranger: 410-218-1698
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)