Rocks State Park

Falling Branch Area, Hidden Valley Natural Area

The first land purchases for what is now Rocks State Park began in 1951. Originally slated to be Deer Creek State Park, these were the first land purchases made by the State of Maryland for the express purpose of creating a park.

Rocks has 855 acres of dense forests and massive boulders rising above Deer Creek. The King and Queen Seat, once a ceremonial gathering place of the Susquehannock Indians, is a natural 190 foot rock outcrop. This cliff, reached by scenic trails, affords a view of the rolling hills and farmland of Harford County. Also preserved on park property are many structural remains from the days when the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad wound its way through Rocks, helping the farms and quarries of Northern Harford County to prosper.

Deer Creek is popular for fishing and tubing. Secluded glens along its shores offer ideal spots for relaxation.

Hidden Valley Natural Area - This tract of land, administered by Rocks State Park, is located five miles north of Rocks at the intersection of Madonna, Telegraph and Carea Roads. A non-developed area, it offers a beautiful hiking trail and fishing along Deer Creek. Pets on a leash are permitted on the trail. Parking is provided for 8 to 10 cars. There are no picnic tables, grills or restroom facilities.

Falling Branch - The Falling Branch Area of Rocks State Park is a 67 acre parcel of land which is home to Kilgore Falls, a scenic and tranquil section of Falling Branch, a tributary of Deer Creek, which is tucked back into the ravines of Northern Harford County, creating Maryland’s second highest vertical drop waterfall. This non-developed, environmentally sensitive area has a serene hiking trail leading back to the waterfall. Pets are allowed but must be on leashes at all times. Falling Branch is located five miles north of Rocks. Continue north on Route 24, turn left on St. Mary’s Road then right onto Falling Branch Road and proceed to parking area on the right. There are no picnic tables, grills or restrooms in the area.

 Susquehanna State Park

Located along the Susquehanna River valley with its heavy forest cover and massive rock outcroppings, Susquehanna State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities as well as historical significance. The park is home to some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maryland and the river itself beacons fishermen and boaters alike. Susquehanna State Park also contains a very family friendly campground with traditional campsites and cabins. History buffs will be drawn to the restored Rock Run Historical Area with its working grist mill, the Archer Mansion, Jersey Toll House and the remains of the Susquehanna Tidewater Canal.

The river offers excellent fishing opportunities, including pike, perch, and bass for shoreline anglers or boating anglers who launch from the Lapidum Boat Ramp. The facility offers a boat launch, campsites, cross-country skiing, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, historic interest, pet trail, picnicking, pavilions, playground, riding trails, bow hunting area and archery range.

The Deer Creek picnic area offers shaded picnic tables, grills, two picnic shelters and a modern restroom. Large open fields close by are great for family games or blanket and basket picnics. A freshwater pond is on site and is ideal for the novice angler. The pavilions are available for rent for your family reunion or company picnic. Pavilion use is by reservation only.

The park is the home of the Rock Run Historic Area. History buffs will love touring the operational 200 year old Rock Run Grist Mill, as well as the Rock Run mansion. This area also contains the Jersey Toll House which at one time was the collection point for travelers crossing the covered bridge spanning the Susquehanna River. The remnants of the Susquehanna Tidewater Canal can be seen here as it parallels the river from Havre de Grace to Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. The mill, mansion and toll house are open for tours on weekends starting in May and continue until the end of September. Susquehanna State Park is also home of the privately run Steppingstone Museum. Exhibits include antique farm implements, woodwrights shop, blacksmith shop, decoy carving shop and restored farm house. Steppingstone Museum also hosts special events throughout the year. Please call the museum office at (410) 939-2299 for more information.

Deer Creek Conservation Areas

Route 1 at Deer Creek - This 21.9-acre park is undeveloped property fronting on Deer Creek

St. Anne - This 10.8-acre park is undeveloped

Walters Mill Road - This park consists of 1.5 acres of undeveloped flood plain

Sandy Hook Road - 1 ¾ miles north of Conowingo Road (US 1), 2 miles south of Dublin Road (MD 440). This 157.6-acre park consists of hills, level areas adjacent to Deer Creek, agricultural and wooded areas for passive activities

Route 136 North of Harmony Church Road - 2 3/4 miles south of Conowingo Road, 3 miles north of Level Road (MD 22). This 12.4-acre park consists of undeveloped wood land and Deer Creek

Eden Mill Nature Center & Historic Mill Museum

1617 Eden Mill Road
Pylesville, 21132

This 57.5-acre park borders on Deer Creek and consists of a restored mill, hills and valleys, undeveloped wood land and a developed area for passive activities.

Canoe certification courses offered throughout the year; canoe trips, nature center and park tours, nature programs, trips and events, twilight canoe trips, summer nature day camps, nature trails.

Eden Mill historic gristmill and museum reflects the life of farmers in Harford
County two hundred years ago. Learn how corn and wheat were ground into flour and cornmeal and how the gristmill of yesteryear was the hub of social life. Private tours are available upon request for groups or organizations.

Francis Silver Park

2124 Shuresville Road
Darlington, 21034

This 19-acre park consists of gently-rolling land with developed and undeveloped areas for active and passive recreation. Parking, soccer/lacrosse field, tennis and multi-purpose courts, pavilion, picnicking, playground and a restroom

Parker Conservation Area

Jolly Acres Road
1-1/4 miles west of Norrisville Road (MD 23)

Deer Creek traverses this 156-acre park which is hilly forest land. As a conservation area, the park is undeveloped and restricted to passive activities

Scarboro Hills Disc Golf Course

3130 Sandy Hook Road
Street, 21154

The championship design, along with it’s pristine country setting, open fields, rolling hills and wooded areas, produces some of the best challenges in the fast growing sport of disc golf. WHAT IS DISC GOLF? Disc golf is similar to traditionally played golf except players use specially made platic flying discs instead of balls and clubs. Players throw the disc for par at an above-ground target instead of a hole in the ground. There are different clubs. The object of the game is to throw a golf disc (similar to a frisbee) into the target, typically a pole hole basket (which is a steel basket over which chains hang) in the fewest number of throws. The player begins by driving from a designated tee area and continues toward the target, throwing each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. Finally, a successful putt sends the disc into the target. The most satisfying sound a disc golfer can hear is the “ching” of a disc crashing the chains before dropping into the basket.

This 61.20 acre park includes extensive woodlands and some open meadow area. The site includes a small tributary to Deer Creek

An eighteen hole disc golf course has been installed on this site along with equestrian trails through the wooded areas. Parking is available for vehicles and horse trailers.

Scarboro Park

Scarboro Road
Street, 21154

This 39.6-acre wooded parcel includes areas of steep slopes