Rocks State Park

Rocks State 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.

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Image Credit: Nathan Simms / Maryland DNR


9 a.m. to Sunset, March-October
10 a.m. to Sunset, November-February
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours. 

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


There is a service charge ($3/Maryland resident, $5 out-of-state weekends and summer holidays; $2/vehicle, $4/vehicle weekdays) to enter the picnic areas. Seniors with a Golden Age Pass and children in car seats are free.


Nature hikes, talks, nature crafts, demonstrations, children's programs, campfire programs, fishing, kayaking, hunting, picnicking, rock climbing.

Group programs are also available upon request throughout the year and can be tailored to accommodate group needs.
To learn more about the interpretive programs available please contact Ranger Swift at 410-557-7994


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.


Last updated: July 09, 2022