“The PHUNT 25K/50K trail race on a great 15.6 mile course.”
— Carl Perkins
Race - Jan 19, 2019
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There is a managed deer hunt, typically held on the first week in January that results in the entire park being closed.
The PHUNT 25K/50K trail race is held at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in Elkton, MD, typically on the second weekend in January. The course is runnable w/ moderate climbs/descents of 50-100 feet, and becomes a lot more challenging due to the unpredictable winter weather.
Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area has over 80 miles of singletrack trails.
The race/course starts at the Edward L. Walls activity hall at the intersection of Ranger Skinner Drive & Kennel Road. From the hall, you'll begin on asphalt and quickly turn left over the Rt 273 overpass along Training Center Drive.
After a few hundred yards, you'll turn right onto a gravel road that leads towards the Bow Hunting area parking. The gravel road quickly turns to a carriage path that runs through a pasture that parallels Rt. 273.
After a mile, you'll turn left into a pasture that leads down to a singletrack at the edge of the woods. The remainder of the course is mostly singletrack on several unmarked trails, and a few sections of marked trails. The use of marked trails include sections of the Orange, Green, and Yellow Trail
History & Background
Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area is a 5,600 acre park that was a former Dupont estate. The park has a deep history of equestrian events, such as fox hunting. Today, the park is still used for equestrian events, and many user groups routinely use the trail system.