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Rocks State Park, Jarrettsville

#24 of 61 in Nature in Maryland
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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.
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  • Beautiful waterfalls and a nice walk. You can see this part of the park and then go to the other side. There's camping too. If you love nature and pictures. You don't be disappointed.  more »
  • Beautiful "hike" to the King and Queen's Seat at Rocks State Park. I say "hike" because the walk from the parking lot is about 1000 feet. Parking in the close lot is limited but we found space. It....  more »
  • Gorgeous scenery, perfect for a quick stop on any nature lover's pass through. Doesn't require any intense hiking to access and has a beautiful lookout over the mountains. If this is a close trip for you or remotely along the way of your trip, make a point to stop.
  • *Note to have in mind: wear or have with you a pair of sneakers* We just went to the rapids and to The King and Queen Seat, but I totally loved it and its an amazing place to go with the kids and have them enjoy nature in a safe place. Obviously, you choose where your kids can climb or just walk, but it's completely accessible and amazing.

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