Rocks State Park Falling Branch

Pylesville, Maryland

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pylesville
Distance: 1.1
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: .5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Rocks State Park
Local Maps: USGS Fawn Grove

Rocks State Park: Falling Branch Reviews

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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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