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Kilgore Falls

3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Rd, Jarrettsville, Maryland 21084 USA

“The second-highest waterfall in Maryland”

Maryland's second highest free-falling waterfall is located on the Falling Branch of Deer Creek in northern Harford County. The falls were well known to local native Americans and settlers, but in recent times the area was relatively unknown because the land was privately owned. Through the work of citizens groups, businesses, schools and government agencies the Falling Branch Area was added to Rocks State Park in 1993 and open to the public. Falling Branch passes through a steep gorge known as Kilgore Rocks, where the falls have developed in relatively erosion-resistant Prettyboy Schist. This formation was previously known as the upper pelitic schist of the Wissahickon formation. The falls are variously named by local residents Falling Creek Falls, Falling Branch Falls and Kilgore Falls. Kilgore Falls was featured in the movie Tuck Everlasting.

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Reviewed by
keccars

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
November 05, 2014
Rated 5.0

Kilgore Falls is located on Falling Branch Rd. Hench the name Falling Branch Falls. I live right next to it. It is actually a hike to get to the falls. A lot of people stop and ask for directions thinking they can drive right up to it. It is a beautiful place to visit. Worth the 10 min easy hike.

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Reviewed by
lcmann279

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 05, 2014

Tried to make it here today with my son & his girlfriend. This is NOT on McFadden Rd. The people that live on this road were kind enough to draw a map & post it outside. I assume this happens frequently.

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Reviewed by
goodogoodo

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July 22, 2017
Rated 5.0

It's amazing pace to hike and swim in a hot day

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Reviewed by
shennabogetti

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  • 0 Helpful
November 12, 2016
Rated 5.0

Visited during fall and was an easy hike with a great end result. Be prepared to do some hopping from rock to rock to cross over, but well worth it. Although we didn't get into the water, it didn't look too deep or rough even right near the falls.

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Reviewed by
AmySnopek

  • 18 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 28, 2016
Rated 3.0

Easy hike. Be prepared to walk across a small stream and over some roots, but easily done. We didn't end up jumping in, but a lot of people were! No lifeguards, lots of people. Paid $10 for parking.

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Lydia Z

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March 03, 2016
Rated 5.0

Parking for this location is limited, but is off of FALLING BRANCH ROAD. Make sure to make note of that or you will get very lost and might miss out on this great view. It's a short 10 minute hike through the woods. Wear some good shoes though because you will stub your toe on the tree roots that spread across the beginning portion of the walk. We take towels and water shoes in the summer to hang out and chill by the water. There is a walking path at the top of the falls as well, very unclear but worth a look if you're not afraid of a couple thorn bushes.

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Alicia

  • 21 Reviews
  • 20 Helpful
December 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

Tricky to find, but WORTH IT. We went to Rocks State Park information center to find Kilgore Falls, it was closed :( But we found a map outside that lead us to Kilgore Falls.

The parking lot is on Falling Branch Road, then the falls are a VERY short hike away. We went on a warm day so we waded around in the water. It's not as populated as other waterfalls (probably because of the location confusion) so it's a lot quieter/less hectic. The waterfall was beautiful.

There is a path to the top of the waterfall and past that is also the King and Queen seat lookout, a former gathering place of the Susquehannock Indians, that provides a breathtaking view.

PRO TIP: During the winter and when there is flooding there are some road closures, that can make getting to Kilgore Falls confusing.

Up to date info here: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/rocks.aspx

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Kilgore Falls

3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Rd
Jarrettsville, Maryland
21084 USA

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