Rocks State Park

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Rocks State Park
Deer Creek State Park
Maryland State Park
"The Rocks" at Rocks State Park
Country United States
State Maryland
County Harford
Elevation 285 ft (87 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°38′14″N 76°24′44″W / 39.63722°N 76.41222°W / 39.63722; -76.41222Coordinates: 39°38′14″N 76°24′44″W / 39.63722°N 76.41222°W / 39.63722; -76.41222 [1]
Area 1,060 acres (429 ha) [2]
Established 1951
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location in Maryland
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.

Park areas[edit]

View from King and Queen's Seat

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

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.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

Kilgore Falls and the King and Queen's Seat rock formation were featured in the movie Tuck Everlasting.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Deer Creek State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Fiscal Year 2014 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. December 18, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Rocks State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Gienow, Michelle (August 4, 2004). "In the Swim: Falling Branch". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tuck Everlasting Filming Locations". IMDB. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 

External links[edit]