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!

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

on White Trail

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23 days 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.

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

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on White Trail

1 month ago

easy and short but pretty

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.

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1 month 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!

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