Trail

Rocks State Park - King and Queen: Orange/White and Red

Jarrettsville, MD
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Rocks State Park’s infamous King and Queen seat are breathtaking year round and this hike is the best one for the end view. Park along Chrome Hill Road and follow the orange/white blazes uphill. This is by far the best hike for littles to try as it’s only 1.5 miles total and it has such a gradual uphill with lots of rocks to to take breaks (or leaps). Follow this wooded pathway uphill until you are greeted by gorgeous views. Make sure to hold onto all ages and enjoy the view up close or from afar. If the kids have energy, walk up the red blaze 1/2 a mile to the GORGEOUS covered pavilion and play at the swings or the nature playground (this added one mile round trip is included in mileage total if not then total trip is 1.5 miles).

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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 No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Shelter, and Viewpoint

After the hike, a great spot to check out the water are the two river acess locations for Deer Creek. Each has a playground and picnic tables. There is a fee to access this but it’s included in a year parks pass

Going during the mountain laurel bloom season is also stunning.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking along Chrome Hill has no fee.
Picnic areas are open 9 a.m. to sunset from March to October, and 10 a.m. to sunset from November to February. There is a service charge ($3/Maryland resident, $5 out-of-state on weekends and summer holidays; and $3/Maryland vehicle, $5/out-of-state vehicle on weekdays) to enter the picnic areas. Park Passport holders, Universal Disability Pass holders, seniors (with a Golden Age Pass), and children in car seats are free.
http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/Rocks/Picnicking-Pavillions.aspx

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Getting There

From Point South: Take Route 24 North (Rocks Road). For the Rocks State Park Office: turn left on Rocks Chrome Hill Road, and office will be on your right. For the Rapids Area parking lot: continue past Rocks Chrome Hill Road, and the Rapids Area will be on your left. For the Rock Ridge Picnic Area: turn left on Saint Clair Bridge Road, and the Rock Ridge Picnic Area will be on your left.
From Points North: Take Route 24 South (Rocks Road). For the Rock Ridge Picnic Area: turn right on Saint Clair Bridge Road, and the Rock Ridge Picnic Area will be on your left. For the Rapids Area parking lot: continue past Saint Clair Bridge Road, and the Rapids Area will be on your right. For the Rocks State Park Office: turn right on Rocks Chrome Hill Road, and the office will be on your right.