Trail

Rocks State Park - Falling Branch/Kilgore Falls

Jarrettsville, MD
Length: 1.10 mi.
Type: Lollipop

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The Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park is located about five miles north of the main park on a separate 67-acre parcel of land. It is home to the 17-foot high Kilgore Falls, which is Maryland’s second highest vertical drop waterfall. This non-developed, environmentally sensitive area has a serene hiking trail leading back to the waterfall.

Parking can be difficult so plan ahead.

Park in lot 1026 Falling Branch Road

Take the path at the end of the lot and head down hill. You’ll cross a small foot bridge and make a right. Follow this path downhill until you reach the Deer Creek. Cross the creek and be careful of footings (without fail I get wet every time). Once across turn right and follow the trail to the view of the falls. There a bench and slippery rocks but it’s beautiful to see year round. You can retrace your steps OR depending on company follow the rock steps up the side of the rock wall and cross over top of the falls (slippery and likely to get wet again). Follow this path up and you’ll once again be reunited with the original pathway.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Shaded Hike, and Waterfall

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

In order to protect the area’s sensitive habitat, parking is very limited. The park maintains a 28-car parking lot at 1026 Falling Branch Road, Pylesville, MD 21132.

This area is very popular in late spring, summer and early fall – even on weekdays. Patrons are encouraged to carpool and arrive early. If the lot is full, patrons are encouraged to visit the main portion of Rocks State Park.

Parking is extremely limited at the Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park (Kilgore Falls). Please remember to plan ahead with alternatives and avoid peak times, such as weekends and holidays. There is no longer off-site parking available in the nearby area. When the designated parking lot is full, the area is at capacity. Do not park at the church or on other neighboring properties.

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