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Rocks State Park
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Rocks State Park
Description - Rocks has 855 acres of dense forests and massive boulders riding above Deer Creek. The King and Queen Seat, once a ceremonial gathering place of the Susquehannock Nation of Native Americans, 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.

Attractions - Rocks Creek State Park is a beautiful linear park along Deer Creek with lots of family fun-filled recreations. The dense forests and massive boulders flanking Deer Creek make natural playgrounds. The area is great for summer swimming and tubing with nearly 3.5 miles available. This includes class 3 rapids, which many people choose to portage around. The park does not supply tubes, bring your own. Three large picnic areas and several miles of hiking and biking trails make Rocks State Park a great place to spend the day. Anglers find Deer Creek a designated put- and-take trout fishing area.

Recreation - Rocks State Park features campfire programs, fishing, canoeing, hiking trails, historic interest, bow hunting, picnicking, rock climbing and repelling, playgrounds, shelters, tubing and a pet trail.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - Rock State Park is located about 30 miles north of Baltimore and 8 miles northwest of Bel Air on MD State Route 24.

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Take Route 24 up from Bel Air and when you reach the park, look for the first major parking lot on your left,'the rapids area parking lot.Follow the purple trail from the parking lot which is the toughest part because of the steepness. When you get to the white blazed loop trail, you can go right or left. If you want to see King and queen seat last,a 190' rock cliff go to the right and hike the whole 2 mile loop. You can go to the left and see King and Queen seat first and do the rest of the of the 2 mile loop trail or you can go back to the parking lot from the king and queen seat. I would really suggest doing the whole trail. King and Queen seat is a nice place for lunch but has a 190' drop, be very careful not to fall off the cliff. King and queen seat is the main atraction.

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Contact Information:
Rocks State Park, 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road , Jarrettsville, MD, 21084, Phone: 410-557-7994

Additional Information:
Central Maryland - Central Maryland includes five counties ranging from pastoral agriculture fields, to the booming industrial metropolis of Baltimore, to the small water towns of the Chesapeake Bay where harvesting the water's riches is still a way of life.
Maryland State Parks - Maryland State Forest and Park Service offers 47 state parks with recreational opportunities offered for all ages. From the forested regions to where land meets sea, Maryland's public parcels provide recreation, relaxation, and education. Many facilities possess barrier-free design.

Maryland State Forest and Park Service -
Rocks State Park - Official agency website.


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