Rocks State Park Falling Branch

Baltimore, Maryland 21220

Rocks State Park Falling Branch

Rocks State Park: Falling Branch Professional Guide

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"The Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park is a 67-acre parcel of land located 5 miles north of the main body of the 855-acre park. The biggest reward on this wooded hike is the second-highest natural vertical waterfall in Maryland, Kilgore Falls.

The wooded path will take you over a footbridge and boardwalk as you make your way to the falls, following Falling Branch stream, a tributary of Deer Creek. Falling Branch stream passes through a steep gorge known as Kilgore Rocks. Along the way you’ll see a few hemlock trees, oaks, and lots of maples. Look for white-tailed deer, red fox, wild turkey, black snakes, black racers, and a variety of birds like woodcocks. If you are really lucky, you might even see an eagle. This environmentally sensitive area is also host to a family of beavers, but be sure to enjoy the wildlife from a distance."

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Best Hikes Near Baltimore (Falcon Guides)
Heather Connellee
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"A quick out-and-back hike in the Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park couldn’t be more rewarding when the destination is Maryland’s second-highest vertical waterfall, Kilgore Falls." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore (Menasha Ridge Press)
Evan Balkan
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"Take a short hike with a grand payoff: Kilgore Falls, Maryland’s second-highest vertical waterfall. The relatively small (67 acres) Falling Branch Area of Rocks State Park remains environmentally sensitive. Once a meeting place for Susquehannock Indians, local hikers and nature enthusiasts didn’t know about it for many years because it sat on private property. Fortunately, in 1993, the state, with the help of many local activists including Harford County public-school children, bought the land and turned it over to Rocks State Park officials for administration. It has become one of the most attractive parcels for many miles around." Read more

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3/7/2010
It's a small waterfall, about 15 feet tall. The trail is also quite short. Its less than half a mile to the falls. From there all you can do is turn around and go back the same way you came. This trail isn't for anyone looking for a quite stroll in the park, since this place is small and usually there are a lot of people and dogs around. With that said its still worth seeing the falls at least once. The falls are quite beautiful in the winter when icicles can form on and around the falls.
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7/3/2009
Well it's a small waterfall and if you're into noise and teenagers go when the water is warm enough to wade in. If you like a natural place then wait until the water is too cold for the kids. It's a stroll from the car to the falls - as in 10 minutes. It was OK but once was enough. On the other hand if you have kids that like this sort of place then go.
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Trail Information

Baltimore
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30 minutes
Duration
Year-round
Season
Rocks State Park, 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Rd., Jarrettsville; (410) 557-7994; www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/rocks
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