Falling Branch Trail to Kilgore Falls

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Falling Branch Trail to Kilgore Falls is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pylesville, Maryland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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Kilgore falls is a great family-friendly short hike to Maryland's second-highest vertical waterfall located in Rocks State Park in the Falling Branch area. Rocks State Park remains environmentally sensitive and this area in particular, the Falling Brach area, is very well maintained. This area was once a meeting place for Susquehannock Indians. The trailhead can be accessed off of Falling Branch Road of northern Harford County. You will take the singletrack trail all the way to falls. The drop waterfall is created by large rock formations and is breathtaking. This is an easy hike for almost all ages and is great for kids, however there are tree roots on the trail and a stepping stone bridge to get the best view of the falls so use caution in this area or bring water shoes. If you are visiting on a hot summer day, make sure to to bring a bathing suit to take a dip in or wade in the swimming holes at the base of the waterfall, however use caution as there are no lifeguards on site. Because this is a popular trail and there is a small parking area, arrive early to secure a spot. The park rangers will 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. You can park at the Eden Mill Nature Center, which is about 1 mile from the trailhead.

walking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Very nice park but crowded.

2 months ago

Easy hike. Beautiful falls

hiking
2 months ago

The waterfall was beautiful! A short hike, you will see some interesting ruins of an old house. We did end up climbing to the top of the waterfall and coming down the other side, which was more moderate than easy and pretty slippy in spots.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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
4 months ago

Easy trail and the falls are gorgeous right now!

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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
9 months ago

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.

9 months 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.

9 months 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.

hiking
9 months 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!

10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

We went yesterday 7/3/17 the falls were filled with a hole bunch of people. I was very disappointed due to not being able to enjoy them. Due to the people it smelt like a old camp wash house.., gonna have to try to go back when it's cooler and no one is swimming

10 months ago

Awesome area & waterfall! The only downfall was parking...we ended up parking in the Nature center parking lot about a mile or so down the gravel road that Kilgore falls parking lot is on (take a right at the first stop sign and at the second stop sign make a right, parking lot is immediately on the left) don't make the mistake many others did and park on the side of the road...on our way back there was police ticketing all the cars parked along the road...

hiking
11 months ago

VERY easy trail. It led directly to the waterfalls. You can swim in the water hole and stand underneath the falls. There were a lot of people swimming when we visited. You can also take the trail to go and stand at the source of the falls and overlook the waterfall itself which I would definitely recommend doing.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Short little easy hike to the falls area. Went Easter Sunday and wasn't packed at all. A few couples and college students. Took my kids 15 and 8 and it was easy enough for them. Would recommend water shows that are durable enough for the rest of the walk as there are many rocks. My kids weren't into getting their feet wet so we just went in hiking boots. It's a peaceful place and we left after about 2 hours. I could see this place get packed more in the summer days.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Waterfall is pretty, but WAY too many people for me...and that was on a Tuesday! (but might have been spring break bc there were a lot of kids there)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Short, relatively easy walk to the falls. The kids were fine walking across the rocks. Around age 10. Awesome place for pics. Also, great place to sit and listen to the water. Definitely recommend going during the off season.

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Just went to these falls yesterday. Great short hike with a nice waterfall. The water flow right now is perfect for some great pictures. If you cross the stream using the rocks, use the one closest to the falls. There are more rocks and they are easier to navigate across. There were no crowds yesterday just a few couples and a family. They were all nice enough to wait until I got all the pictures I wanted before moving in to get their pictures.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great trails!

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

a little overcrowded, but still very beautiful

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great hike for my crew of four kids ages 3,3, 11 and 13. Tough for the littles that it's downhill on the way in and up on the way back from the falls when you are exhausted but they handled it well and walked it on their own.

Yes, it gets super crowded. By 12.30 when we got back to the parking lot after 2 hours of play at the waterfall people were vulturing for a parking spot. When we got there at 10.15 we had no problem getting a space.

Waterfall area is awesome! Lots of places to explore. Water does get super deep by the falls themselves (over my 13 year olds head) so just be aware with littles. I didn't feel like should've brought their puddle-jumpers, though. There was a lot of water the right depth for my 3 year olds to play in. Water shoes for sure, it's slippery and rocky.

Definitely would go again.

walking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pretty waterfall at the end of the heavily used trail. very busy location

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