The park is located in northern Harford County about 30 miles north of Baltimore and 8 miles northwest of Bel Air on Route 24.
Rocks State Park3318 Rocks Chrome Hill RoadJarrettsville, MD 21084
From Baltimore, take I-95 north to Route 24 north exit. Continue north on Route 24 through Bel Air, Rock Spring, and Forest Hill. The Park is located approximately 5 miles north of Forest Hill.
9 a.m. to Sunset, March-October
10 a.m. to Sunset, November-February
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
Pets are allowed in Rocks State Park.
The first land purchases for what is now Rocks State Park began in 1951. Originally slated to be Deer Creek State Park, these were the first land purchases made by the State of Maryland for the express purpose of creating a park.
Rocks has 855 acres of dense forests and massive boulders rising above Deer Creek. The King and Queen Seat, once a ceremonial gathering place of the Susquehannock Indians, is a natural 190 foot rock outcrop. This cliff, reached by scenic trails, affords a view of the rolling hills and farmland of Harford County. Also preserved on park property are many structural remains from the days when the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad wound its way through Rocks, helping the farms and quarries of Northern Harford County to prosper. See the park map for more information.
Deer Creek is popular for fishing and tubing. Secluded glens along its shores offer ideal spots for relaxation.
Currently, Maryland Route 24 North is closed at Rocks State Park. If traveling north on Maryland Route 24 from the Bel Air area and points south, the Rocks State Park office is located on Rocks Chrome Hill Road before the road closure, and you will not have to follow the detour. If traveling to the picnic areas or Falling Branch, follow detour at Maryland Route 23. Turn left on Maryland Route 23 and turn right on Maryland Route 165.To picnic areas (Hills Grove, Rock Ridge and Wilsons): turn right on St. Clair Bridge Road from Maryland Route 165. Hills Grove is on the left, Rock Ridge is on the right and Wilsons is on the left.To Waterfall (Kilgore Falls - Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park): Turn left on Clermont Mill Road from Maryland Route 165. Turn left on Falling Branch Road. Parking lot is on the right.
If traveling south on Maryland Route 24 from Pennsylvania or Maryland Route 165, Maryland Route 24 is open to the park. Do not follow detour.
Nature Center and Interpretive Programs - Rocks State Park interpretive programs are available throughout the summer. Interpretive activities include nature hikes, talks, nature crafts, demonstrations, children's programs, campfire programs and special events.
Group programs are also available upon request throughout the year and can be tailored to accommodate group needs. To learn more about the interpretive programs available please contact Ranger Swift at 410-557-7994 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Many Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry. These practices include energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation methods.
Click on this link to view the green profile and the list of sustainable practices for Rocks State Park.
Looking for something to connect children in the natural world? Come stop by our Nature Exploration area located in the Rock Ridge picnic area of Rocks State Park, near the "King and Queen Seat," a rock outcrop believed to be a ceremonial gathering place of the Susquehannock Indians. At this exploration area you will find a miniature rock climbing area, which allows for rock climbing and jumping on a more kid friendly size scale. You will also find a digging area called, "Deer Creek Beach," which represents the river’s edge. Other fun features include, an oversized bird’s nest, stump jumps, balancing logs and hollowed out logs for climbing through.
Please visit our website at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/cin/nps/ to learn more and see other areas within the state you can visit!
The facility features opportunities for fishing, hiking, picnicking, canoeing and tubing, as well as bow hunting, rock climbing and repelling. Playgrounds, shelters, and comfort stations are available at each of the three picnic areas.
Rocks State Park does not offer equestrian riding trails. Susquehanna State Park offers a well diversified 15 mile multi-use trail system. Parking for equestrian riding is located behind Susquehanna's Maintenance Complex at 4122 Wilkinson Road, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. For more information visit Susquehanna State Park's webpage.
Rocks State Park offers accessible picnic sites at Hills Grove and Rock Ridge. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
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