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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
305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

Looking for a family friendly short hike with a spectacular payoff? Look no further than Kilgore Falls, Maryland's second-highest vertical waterfall located in Rocks State Park. 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.

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hiking
14 days ago

17 days 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.

28 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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!

2 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
2 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

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 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
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago