Explore the most popular trails in Rocks State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

We took our 5 and 7 year old daughters to hike this trail and it was great. We went on a mild December day so we weren't able to get in the water but the view of the falls was still worth it. It's a short hike with plenty of interesting features for kids. We made the short drive to Eden Mill Nature Center afterwards to round out the day. We will definitely be going back!

3 months ago

I’m local and have visited the King and Queen seat many times, but just recently took the time to discover the white trail itself. Money saving tip that’ll add some fun rocky terrain, cool rock formations and steep grade: park along MD Rt 24/Rocks Rd for FREE and take the purple trail straight up to where it connects with the white trail. If you want the big views at the King and Queen seat at the end, hang a right. Taking a left will get you there almost immediately. Diverse terrain with opportunities for some trail running along this loop.

LOVED the waterfall. Easy hike, bring shoes that you don't mind soaking because you will have to go through about mid calf deep water to get to the falls. Parking is limited and a Ranger stands guard. after about 10am in the spring/summer and you'll be waiting to park. Once I got to the falls I was glad parking was limited because it kept the amount of people limited. Kid friendly, I saw 2 and 3 year olds there but even mid August with 100°+ the water was FREEZING. I put my head under the falls and instantly lost my breath because it was so cold.

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3 months ago

Short walk, easy to access and plenty of swimming holes and cool scenery

4 months ago

Beautiful woods/rock hike! A fair amount of terrain change/hills. A great workout!

4 months ago

Cool hike! King and Queen was great view but busy

Short trek but cool falls. Lots of people. Would rate higher if longer and less people

visited this trail this morning. it was lightly trafficked until about 11am, but not overly busy.
great waterfall view. trail is fairly well marked.
Short hike that could be done in as little as an hour if you aren't exploring the other side or breaking for sweet pictures.

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4 months ago

Fun hike, really enjoyed it. The King and Queen seat was very busy.

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5 months ago

A nice flat trail aside from one small hill. Very narrow pathway that is not exactly well-kept but passable. The dog and I hiked it yesterday and it was quite peaceful. The path follows the creek for most of the way and actually dead ends AT the creek. Nice rocks at the end of the trail to picnic on. At the trailhead, there is an nice little beachy area for kids/dogs to play or even walk in the creek.

We went here just for a few hours and it was great! Just beware it’s really slippery and the water feels like ice.

Plan to arrive early if you want less people around and prepare to get your feet wet crossing the stream to get better views of the waterfall. Cool place!

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6 months ago

First time hiking the trail, will definitely do this again

6 months ago

park at the rock ridge pavilion to get the fastest route to views off the king & queen

3900 st clair bridge rd

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6 months ago

My 3 and 5yo loved it. Hiked the trail in most of the way then got in the water and hiked the rest. Stayed in the water all the way back to within sight of the trail head. Absolutely loved it. Kids found places to play all along the way. Will be back many times. Reminds me of a baby version of Stony Brook, NY or Zion, UT.

on White Trail

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7 months ago

Beautiful and scenic.
One of my favorites hikes!

This was a pretty easy trail. Beautiful views from the King and Queens seat, but that was the only view on this hike and it was right at the beginning. The rest is a long uphill stretch. Not my favorite hike, but it was nice.

Busy trail although we did visit the day after a holiday. Parking lot was full at noon but the ranger let us wait in line until a spot opened which only took 10 minutes. Bring your water shoes to cross the river and get a better view of the waterfall! Trail is nicely shaded.

A beautiful, fairly easy hike, with awesome falls at the end. For the return trip, you can go up the hill through a less travelled trail. Not blazed, but stay on the trail, you can view the main trail below and not get lost.

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7 months ago

We arrived at 10am on a Monday and it was already filling up. Get here early!

I recommend arriving early to the parking lot at the trail head! I arrived around noon on a Sunday and was turned away by three park rangers. They did not allow us to park alongside the road, only the parking lot, which was full. Another group of people we encountered had parked about a mile away on a different road and walked to the entrance only to me "chased down" by a park ranger not allowing them to enter the trail.

gorgeous. plain and simple

nice easy and fun

Its an amazing place to take a dip in summer . I would love to go there anytime

Lovely trail for starting out. Beautiful waterfall but bring waterproof boots. The best view of the falls is after you cross.

Very nice park but crowded.

10 months ago

Pretty hike. Parking at Wilson’s picnic area, follow the white blazes the whole time if you want to match the AllTrails map. It was 3.1 miles total. If you want a reward at the end, go right at the first split. If you want to be at the Seats in 10-15 minutes, follow the trail straight uphill. There is one road crossing. This was an easy trail for our dog (a big lab) as well. Parking is $4.00 for non MD residents in the Wilson’s parking lot.

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11 months ago

Great hike. Started off on the purple trial and then completed the white trail. Broke my ankle at the end but would definitely hike it again.

on White Trail

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11 months ago

Easy/moderate trail. Great view!

Easy hike. Beautiful falls

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