Rocks State Park, Maryland

Rocks State Park is located in a boulder strewn, dense, deciduous forest just thirty miles north of Baltimore, Maryland in Harford County. The park’s main attractions are the rocks and rapids of Deer Creek, the lookout point called The King and Queen’s Seat, and the Kilgore Falls.

Kilgore Falls, Maryland

THE DEER CREEK ROCKS AND RAPIDS

The Deer Creek winds its way along beside Route 24 and is a popular fishing and tubing spot. The park’s website (link below) has information about canoeing and kayaking the creek. The designated “Rapids” area is between Station Road and Rocks Chrome Hill Road on Route 24 near Jarrettsville, MD.

THE KING AND QUEEN’S SEAT

The King and Queen’s Seat is a rocky outcrop perched almost 200 feet above the Deer Creek Rapids. It affords great views of the valley below. The area is a popular spot for climbers, a fact that was evident when passing multiple people on the trail, climbing shoes and o-rings hanging off of their packs.

Overlook called The King and Queen's Seat in Rocks S.P., MD

Overlook called The King and Queen’s Seat in Rocks S.P., MD

A sign near The King and Queen’s Seat says that the overlook area was once used by the Susquehannock Indians as a ceremonial gathering place.

Rock column near the King and Queen's Seat, Jarrettsville, MD

Rock column near the King and Queen’s Seat, Jarrettsville, MD

There are several ways to gain access to the King and Queen’s Seat. The shortest and flattest is by way of the Rock Ridge Picnic Area. Follow the signs and red blazes. For a little bit more of a challenging hike, steeper although still only about a mile, park at the park office on Rocks Chrome Hill Road and follow the white blazes.

KILGORE FALLS

The Kilgore Falls are the second highest free-falling waterfalls in the state of Maryland. The highest are the Muddy Creek Falls, at 54 feet, in western Maryland. The Kilgore Falls can be reached via a mile long, mostly flat trail starting at the Falling Branch Parking Area. The Falling Branch area is not connected to the main park and is located about five miles to the north at 1099 Falling Branch Road, Pylesville, Maryland. Directions are available at the park office.

Kilgore Falls in the Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park

Kilgore Falls in the Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park

People swimming at Kilgore Falls in Maryland

People swimming at Kilgore Falls in Maryland

For more info visit the Rocks State Park official site.

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