Rocks State Park
|Rocks State Park|
|Deer Creek State Park|
|Maryland State Park|
View from King and Queen's Seat
|Elevation||285 ft (87 m) |
|Area||1,060 acres (429 ha) |
|Management||Maryland Department of Natural Resources|
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
|Website: Rocks State Park|
Rocks State Park (originally Deer Creek State Park) is a Maryland state park located in Deer Creek Valley near Pylesville in Harford County. The park, located near the junction of Maryland Routes 24 and 165, is near the Mason-Dixon Line, about a one-hour drive from Baltimore. Until 1958, Rocks State Park was served by the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad at milepost 35.5.
The park has three noncontiguous sections in Deer Creek Valley. The largest section, home to park headquarters, is located along Rocks Ridge and is home to the King and Queen's Seat rock formation, a 190-foot (58 m) rock outcropping that towers above the banks of Deer Creek.
- Falling Branch
The Falling Branch area is a 67-acre (27 ha) tract of land located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of the Rock Ridge section, along the Falling Branch tributary of Deer Creek. It is home to Kilgore Falls, the second highest waterfall in Maryland.
- Hidden Valley
The Hidden Valley section, located 5 miles (8.0 km) to the west of the Falling Branch area, is an undeveloped area along the banks of Deer Creek primarily used for fishing.
Activities and amenities
The park offers scenic views on 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of hiking trails as well as tubing on Deer Creek and picnicking facilities with pavilions. Hunting and fishing are also available.
In popular culture
- "Deer Creek State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "FY2013 DNR Owned Lands Acreage Report" (PDF). Maryland DNR. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
- "Rocks State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
- Gienow, Michelle (August 4, 2004). "In the Swim: Falling Branch". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
- Rocks State Park Maryland Department of Natural Resources