The first land purchased for what is now Rocks State Park off of Chrome Hill Rd began in 1951. Originally slated to be Deer Creek State Park, these were the first land purchases made by the State of Maryland for the express purpose of creating a park. The park is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Rocks has 855 acres of dense forests and natural rock formations rising above Deer Creek. The King and Queen Seat, once a ceremonial gathering place of the Susquehannock Indians, is a natural 190 foot rock outcrop. This cliff, reached by scenic trails, affords a view of the rolling hills and farmland of Harford County. Also preserved on park property are many structural remains from the days when the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad wound its way through Rocks, helping the farms and quarries of Northern Harford County to prosper. The park offers a variety of activities such as hiking, fishing, swimming, and canoeing on Deer Creek. There are more than three miles of hiking trails in the main park, including the White Trail. You can also explore the park's two satellite areas, Falling Branch and Hidden Valley. The Falling Branch Trail to Kilgore Falls takes you to Maryland's second-highest vertical drop waterfall. Make sure to bring a lunch, as there are a few picnic areas in the park!

The hike is really easy and the falls are beautiful. I recommend going in the summer because you can swim under the falls and jump off some of the rocks. It is a really neat place and I recommend bringing water because you could be at the falls for a while. This hike is for all ages and I would definitely go back to the falls.

Short hike. There were lots of thorns to watch out for.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice hike in steep terrain. Start at the parking lot by the rapids, then straight-up to the King and Queen Seat rock formation. Great views! Then off on a loop hike on the white and red trails. Great Fall hike.

This is a trail I grew up hiking. Its an easy trail if you park at the top, and moderate if you start from the bottom. It's quite a steep hike from the bottom but isn't very long. The view is very worth it, especially in fall. There are some side trails that are worth exploring as well, and a few play grounds for children.

This is a wonderful yet short hike. Very easy to take young children too. The water crossing is the most difficult part. Great views from the overlook and of the waterfall. It does tend to be a very busy trail anymore and parking is limited so try to get there early.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed the peacefulness of the trail. Beautiful views and not hard to hike in the snow/ice.

Easy trail and the falls are gorgeous right now!

I’ve done this hike with the kids three times. We always have a great time. Great photos.

on White Trail

hiking
2 months ago

It was a fantastic hike, although we did come on a rainy day so we didn’t get as many spectacular views we were expecting. The key point is the ridge and made the trip worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Some of the climbs will test you, unless you're in great shape. Stopping by the King and Queen seats a must.

on White Trail

3 months ago

easy and short but pretty

3 months ago

Enjoyed this trail. Lots of rocks in the trail so watch your step! The view from the king and queen seat is breathtaking but also crowded. The rest of the trail did not offer great views but was very peaceful. Only ran into a few other hikers outside of the king and queen seat.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful views at the King and Queen Seat on the White trail. Parked at the Wilson picnic area and completed the loop, which in areas was challenging for our group in some areas, but so worth it!

Beautiful falls! I would think it was more moderate if you climbed the rocks, cross the falls, and scramble down the rocks on the other side - definitely not my definition of easy, but the rest of the hike is easy. Definitely enjoyed!

Very short and easy trail, but the terrain does become increasingly rocky and uneven the closer you want to get to the falls.

love to this Trail but it's a lot more challenging I would rate it more moderate and it's good for kids up to the Waterhole in the waterfall but past that it's an awful lot of vertical climbs.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, short hike to the overlook. Went while it was raining so we had the place to ourselves, but climbing on the rocks was a little scary (wouldn't recommend!)

hiking
5 months ago

Quick and easy walk ending in a cool stream area great for kids and dogs to play. Not hard to follow the path. Not jogging stroller compatible, there are some pretty narrow areas.

Nice, easy, family-friendly trail. 5 year old grandson had no issue with trail.

Takes you back to a nice waterfall with a swimming hole at the base of the waterfall.

Wear your bathing suit. Wore my Eddie Bauer Amphib shoes. Packed towel and the picnic lunch.

Parking lot is small and they will turn you away. But alternative would be an overcrowded trail and swimming hole. Like it the way it is.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hiking! Went on a weekday and it wasn't very crowded. Great view at the King and Queen Seat overlook. The rapids were crystal clear off of Route 24. Beautiful park!

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