"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."
Beginning in the 1920s, Mr duPont began buying farms and land in Fair Hill. He continued to buy and trade land here and in neighboring Pennsylvania through the Great Depression, World War II, and into the early 1970s. The remnants of those individual properties are still visible throughout the park. Houses, barns and mills dating from the 1700s dot the landscape. Here we'll tell their stories. This is a work in progress! If you have information or photographs you'd like to share, get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
Today, the Fair Hill NRMA offers visitors more than 80 miles of trails and farm roads for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and history hunting. Enjoy!