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New Fairland Trails Have Something For Everyone

May 6th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure, People | 4 comments

Contributed by Nate Evans

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Fairland Park Trail Laison Austin Steo rides a more challenging line. The boardwalk is a good alternative for novice riders

The new trails at Fairland Regional Park is another gem in Maryland’s single track system.  A short drive down 95, Fairland is a relatively slender, stream valley park surrounded by suburbs, quarries and a golf course.  To develop a series of sustainable trails on this former quarry site, MORE first established a good working relationship with Montgomery County and the  Maryland National Capital Parks & Planning Commission.  With a grant from REI, MORE, led by trail boss Austin Steo, put in over a thousand hours of volunteer work to create the system.  MORE held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to officially open 8 miles of new trail.   These new trails represent just another phase in the developing system at Fairland.   Several new trails provide more challenging features like boardwalk skinnies, up and overs and log lines.  One section of trail features a series of rollers which allows riders to pump their way along a hillside as if riding a rollercoaster!  Don’t let these features discourage you from riding here.  All the trails are well-graded with no real challenging climbs and easy alternatives around the more challenging obstacles.

New wayfinding signs help users more easily navigate the trails.

New wayfinding signs help users more easily navigate the trails.

Future plans for Fairland include a mountain bike skills park; like Rockburn but more for mountain bikes.  The old slag piles from the quarry will be the basis for future gravity lines.  One of the new trails connects to a residential area allowing the immediate communities to take advantage of the park.  These connector trails can also be extended north into adjacent parklands.   If you have an mtb trip planned to Rockburn or Patapsco, add some time and hit Fairland while you’re at it.

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The ‘original’ trail bike. One man’s trash is another man’s trail art

  • Casey Anderson

    Thanks to MORE, REI, Trails Conservancy, Austin Steo, and all of the volunteers who made this happen!

  • Tony

    So how do we get a map with the new 8 mile section because I am EAGER to get out and enjoy it?

  • B’More Bikes

    Like the 2nd picture above, a series of “You Are Here” signs ensure you will not get lost. Head out there, follow the trails and use the maps along the way

  • J Dee

    i am really glad to see this improvements in Fairland Trail! i have been riding this trail for 3 years now and still enjoy it specially now that the extension is finished.
    i enjoy working with the lead person Austin (and Joe) at the Fairland trails, and to give something back to the community too!



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