Sunday, January 29, 2023

Kilgore Falls

Rocks State Park, Falling Branch area
Harford County,

Hiking Trails:
Kilgore Falls Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 0:25 hour
Estimated Distance: 0.8 Miles

Pros: Nice waterfall
Cons: None (in winter when parking is available)
Hike Type: Out and back
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Google Maps of Parking:

Hiking Partner:
Ari Gunzburg
(Noted motivational speaker - see

After hiking the King and Queen seat, we drove about five miles north to the Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park, another part of the park disconnected from the main area. This area contains the Kilgore Falls, Maryland's second highest vertical drop waterfall, in a short hike that totals slightly under a mile roundtrip. We parked in the parking area and took the Kilgore Falls Trail, which was quiet being an early winter day. We took the trail to the waterfalls, and there was a strong water flow in the brook.

We crossed the brook precariously prior to the falls on the stepping stones in in the water. We then came close to the falls drop, took some pictures, and enjoyed the strong flow of the falls due to the recent rains. We then climbed up the rocks behind the falls, crossed the brook at the top, and then turned around and went back to the car. Since it was the winter, no prior reservations were required to enter. Please note that reservations are required to visit this area on weekends from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. 

Map of the Route

Information Kiosk at the Beginning of the Hike

Start of the Hike

Small Bridge and Boardwalk Near the Start of the Hike

Small Brook on the Hike

Ari Gunzburg on the Trail

Kilgore Falls in the Distance

Difficult Crossing on the Stepping Stones

Ari Under the Large Roack

Kilgore Falls

Above the Falls

King and Queen Seat

Rocks State Park
Harford County,

Hiking Trails:
White Trail: White blaze
Red Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:05 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.2 Miles

Pros: Cool rock formations, good view, nice river
Cons: Walk on road
Hike Type: Loop
Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

Hiking Partner:
Ari Gunzburg
(Noted keynote speaker - see

I was in Baltimore for the weekend, and went with my friend Ari Gunzburg on a great hike 40 minutes north of Baltimore. This was my first time Rocks State Park, which features the King and Queen Seat, a really neat rock formation with a great view. We parked at Deer Creek at the road pull-off parking near the road up the mountain. We took the road for a short distance to the White Trail, which we took to the intersection of the Blue Trail. 

We continued to the White Trail to the top of the mountain, and then to the King and Queen Seat, a really cool rock formation above a sheer cliff over the creek. After taking pictures, we went to the mountain road and walked down the road (which was closed being that it's closed in the early morning.) We then bushwhacked down to the parking area. After this, we drove to Kilgore Falls, in the other section of the park. Stay tuned for that on the next hike!

Map of the Route

Deer Creek

Mountain Laurel on the White Path

Sign by the Collier Pit, Used for Charcoal

Approaching the King & Queen Seat, with a Warning about the Cliff

Sign Near the King & Queen Seat

Rock Formations at King & Queen Seat

Outcrop & View at the King & Queen Seat

Deer Creek on the End Run