Self-Guided Opportunities
Canoeing and Kayaking
Location Eden Mill Nature Center in Northern Harford County, near Norrisville.
Rocks State Park, 410-557-7994
Access Site Access the creek where it crosses Fawn Grove Road, or put in below the dam at Eden Mill Nature Center. Turn left off of Route 165N (Federal Hill Road) onto Fawn Grove Road. To reach Eden Mill Nature Center, turn left onto Eden Mill Road from Fawn Grove Road.
River Trip Distance 4.6 miles from Fawn Grove Road to Route 24 in Rocks State Park
Time 1 hour
Water Conditions The creek is swift, flat water with some sections of gravelly riffles. Canoeable winter and spring within a week of hard rain. The U.S. Geological Survey gauge along Maryland Route 24 at the lower end of Rocks State Park should read at least 2.5 feet.
Skill Level Novice, should have experience on moving water.
Suitable For Families? Yes (with older children able to paddle)
Hazards/Restrictions Fences and fallen trees can obstruct the watercourse. Private property ajoins Deer Creek. Observe no trespassing signs and act with respect and courtesy. Class 3 rapids are located between Route 24 and Cherry Hill Road. Be sure to take out by Route 24, unless you are an expert whitewater canoeist.
Potable Water Carry in your own water.
Natural Features Deer Creek rises in the pasturelands of York County, Pennsylvania, and wanders across a corner of Baltimore County and the width of Harford County to join the Susquehanna River below Conowingo Dam. The creek winds about a narrow, rural valley. The scenery is composed of a mixture of woodlands, working farms and country estates. The banks are mostly unblemished by cottages, shacks or other eyesores. The creek has been designated by the State of Maryland as a State Scenic Creek.
Historic/Cultural Features At the beginning of the trip is Eden Mill, a former gristmill from the late 18th century. It now houses an impressive nature center with colorful displays on local wildlife, Native American history, and more. The former Ma and Pa Railroad bed transverses the creek. This railroad was a route for the dairy industry from 1860's to 1958.
Guiding Eden Mill Nature Center staff offer canoeing programs.
Rentals Canoes can be rented in Jarrettsville. Kayaks can be rented in Chase from Ultimate Watersports, 410-666-WIND.
Camping None available.
Other Points of Interest The Eden Mill Nature Center provides natural and cultural history displays and programs. Numerous trails are located within Rocks State Park. Deer Creek is now a popular put and take trout stream. There are three picnic areas located within Rocks State Park along Deer Creek (Wilson's, Hill's Grove, and Rock Ridge).
Other Accommodations None
Fees or Permits A $2 per person service charge is in effect at the picnic areas within Rocks State Park.
Description This paddle trip is on swift flatwater with some sections of small riffles. The creek traverses wooded lots, rolling hillsides and undeveloped farms on this State Scenic Creek. Eroded mud walls on the banks block some of the views as the creek crosses farm fields. The trip begins near historic Eden Mill and ends in Rocks State Park. The put-in is located on Fawn Grove Road. Take-out at the Wilson's Picnic Area in Rocks State Park on Deer Creek just before Route 24 crossed the creek.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Spare paddles
  • Knee pads
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Insect repellant
  • Canoe or kayak
  • Personal flotation devices (life jackets)
  • Appropriate shoes that can get wet
  • Throw ropes and a bowline