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Rocks State Park, Jarrettsville

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Rocks State Park is a public recreation area located in and around Deer Creek Valley near Pylesville, Harford County, Maryland. The state park's preserve the geologic formation known as the King and Queen's Seat and other features in three non-contiguous areas near the junction of Maryland Route 24 and Maryland Route 165. It is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.HistoryThe belief that the King and Queen's Seat rock formation was used by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes stems from a book published in 1880 by Thomas Wysong entitled The Rocks of Deer Creek: Their Legends and History. Wysong's account was written for "the young people especially,... mingling fact and fancy." An archaeological investigation by the Maryland State Highway Administration begun in 2005 failed to find evidence that the site had significance to modern Indians as a “traditional cultural property.” The “Rocks of Deer Creek” were already a tourist attraction in the 19th century, served by the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad at milepost 35.3 until 1958. The state purchased 82 acres at the site in 1948, opening it under the name Deer Creek State Park in 1952.Park areasMain: 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 190ft rock outcropping that towers above the banks of Deer Creek. Falling Branch: The Falling Branch area is a 67acres tract of land located 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.Hidden Valley: The Hidden Valley section, located to the west of the Falling Branch area, is an undeveloped area along the banks of Deer Creek primarily used for fishing. Add Rocks State Park and other attractions to your Jarrettsville trip itinerary using our Jarrettsville online attractions planner.
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  • We rented the Hills Grove Shelter for a Celebration of Life event for our mother who had passed. This shelter was very private due to a large stand of trees, and had its own private parking area for.....  more
    We rented the Hills Grove Shelter for a Celebration of Life event for our mother who had passed. This shelter was very private due to a large stand of trees, and had its own private parking area for.....  more »
  • We did the king and queen seat hike, linking the blue and white routes. Car park very quiet for 10:30 on a Saturday! Well maintained and well signposted, although it’s a shame that some people feel... 
    We did the king and queen seat hike, linking the blue and white routes. Car park very quiet for 10:30 on a Saturday! Well maintained and well signposted, although it’s a shame that some people feel...  more »
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  • The rapids... I'm on a waterfall and rapids quest.
  • This is a very pretty park. Come sit and eat of under a shaded tree. Come early to grab a table. Or make a reservation for an outside pavilion for a party. Bring a swim suit to wade in the water. (Upto your thigh in some places). It's busy on Saturdays during the summer but very nice place to chill.

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