The first land purchases for what is now Rocks State Park 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. Kilgore Falls Rocks has 855 acres of dense forests and massive boulders 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. See the park map for more information.

Gorgeous setting but very crowded. Easy trail for almost all ages, seniors can do it but use caution and know that you have to cross a stepping stone bridge to get the best view of the falls. Water shoes would make things much easier. Beware of parking situation. We went on a Sunday afternoon and did not know about the very small parking lot and Park Rangers that turn you away unless a car has already left the lot. They do not allow you to wait for a spot or wait on the road for a car to leave. We drove an hour to see the falls so we kept driving back and forth down this gravel road until we timed it just right when a car was leaving and no other cars were in front of us. Rangers were not rude but not warm and fuzzing either. Just following orders but the MD Parks should recognize the popularity of the location and look for better alternatives. I read another review about an alternate parking location at a Nature Center 1 mile away. We asked the Rangers and they simply said no other options but for you to vacate the roadway.

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3 days ago

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4 days ago

Waterfall was beautiful. The hike was super easy and not very long. The parking situation was abysmal though and while one park ranger was sympathetic while he enforced the rules, the other one was a jerk on a power trip.

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8 days ago

If you want the steep ascent first to get to the King and Queen's Seat quickly, you want to go clockwise (left) from the Wilson's Picnic area. If you want the gradual ascent to reward you with the view towards the end, then a steep descent, go right and take the loop counterclockwise. I was expecting more rock scrambling than there actually was, but the view made up for it. My 5 and 11 year kid managed the trail but it was tough and maybe a bit too hard for the younger one in that he was exhausted by the end.

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12 days ago

Great time with daughters!

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13 days ago

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16 days ago

Used to be a great place to getaway on a hot summer day but now it is just way too crowded. They had park rangers turning people away because the lot was full. Total disappointment.

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18 days ago

So much to explore here! Water is cold most of the time, but it isn't something you can't adjust to! Aside from being able to move freely in and out of the water there is a great trail that wraps all the way up to the top of the rocks so you can get an aerial view of everyone playing in the falls. Beautiful!

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25 days ago

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25 days ago

great hike!

Lovely trail easy even for my mom and boys to go down and back and the waterfall was amazing and as long as you get there early you won't have to worry about overcrowding.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Wonderful trail! Absolutely love the King and Queen Seats and there's a beautiful view from there