Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area

300 Tawes Drive
Elkton, MD 21921

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.


Youth Group "Primitive" Camping
Fair Hill offers two youth group "primitive" camping areas to members of recognized organizations which consist of youth 17 years of age and younger.

Groups must be accompanied by a responsible adult (age 21 years and older), at a ratio of one adult for every five youth.

Many of the groups have completed an environmental project in appreciation for use of the area.

Hunting Information

Bow Hunting
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.

Managed Shotgun Hunt
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.

Raccoon Hunting
Fair Hill NRMA offers raccoon hunting in designated areas for licensed hunters. Daily reservations are required.

Falconry Hunting
Fair Hill NRMA has a falconry hunting program in designated areas. Daily reservations are required.


Anglers can test their skills on Big Elk Creek, which is a stocked, put-and-take trout stream and travels the entire length of the Fair Hill property.

A variety of fish species can be caught in the creek.

A Maryland Angler's License is required for all fishermen 16 years of age and older.

A Maryland Trout Stamp is required to possess or keep trout.

Consult your Maryland Fishing Guide for additional information.

Disabled parking is available as well as a disabled-accessible fishing pier.


Fair Hill NRMA's approximately 80-mile trail system provides multi-use and shared-use options for outdoor enthusiasts including hikers, runners, bikers, and equestrians alike.

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