Rocks State Park Quest


Meet Our Rock Stars

Introduction to Quest

King and Queen SeatCome out and meet our famous Rock Stars. This park quest invites participants to visit and learn about four rock formations at Rocks State Park. This quest is self-guided, and teams may park in one of the three places to being your hike, depending on your choice of trail difficulty.

Quest Information

Teams may print out the worksheet and associated map ahead of time, or see park staff for copies. The quest is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Staff will be at the park office Monday through Friday, and in the picnic area contact stations Saturday and Sunday. The quest invites you to visit four rock formations as you hike along, and take photographs with each rock formation. Please show your photographs to park staff to earn your stamp.

The "Rock Stars" formations are also in an inherently dangerous area, with rock faces and edges. Please use caution when navigating trails to the rock outcroppings.

The park office parking lot (moderate version) and the Rapids Area parking lot (most difficult version) are relatively small and fill to capacity on weekends, holidays and nice days. We recommend completing your quest on weekdays if possible. If these two parking areas are full, please try the Rock Ridge Picnic Area (easy version), which has ample parking. Park Quest participants are exempt from service charges that apply at Rock Ridge Picnic Area.

Site Locations

Easy Option: Rock Ridge Picnic Area
3900 Saint Clair Bridge Road
Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Moderate Option: Rocks State Park Office
3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road
Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Diffcult Option: Rapids Area
3634 Rocks Road
Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Park Information

Rocks State Park 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 of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, which once helped the farms and quarries of Northern Harford county to prosper. See the park map for more information. The facility features opportunities for fishing, hiking, picnicking, canoeing and tubing, as well as bow hunting, rock climbing and repelling. Playgrounds, shelters, and comfort stations are available at each of the three picnic areas.

Rocks State Park
3318 Chrome Hill Road
Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Driving Directions to Rocks State Park

The park, located near the junction of Maryland Routes 24 and 165, is near the Mason–Dixon line, about a one-hour drive from Baltimore. From I-95 take exit 74 and continue onto MD-152 N/Mountain Road. Take Route US-1 N to MD 24 N and turn left onto Rocks Chrome Hill Road.