Rocks State Park

Kilgore Falls / Falling Branch Area Reservation System

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are reservations now required?

The permit / reservation system is being implemented to protect the natural resources of the area and provide a higher quality visitor experience and improved customer service. Due to very high demand, an average of 300 vehicles were being turned away on busy summer weekends.

Why not just increase the size of the parking lot or run a shuttle bus?

The capacity of the parking lot was designed to accommodate the maximum number of people who could visit the site without compromising the ecological integrity of the falls and to prevent unsafe and/or crowded conditions. The majority of visitors congregate near the falls and can trample vegetation and compact the soil.

Are reservations required on weekdays?

No. Weekday visitation is generally at a more manageable level, and we encourage people to visit on weekdays. Reservations are only required on weekends and holidays between the Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. This year, in order to ease the transition for our visitors, reservations will not be required until the weekend of June 29, 2019.

Will reservations be offered online?

We are investigating online reservations, and hope to provide 24-hour online service in the near future. At this time, we will be taking phone reservations at the park office and sending parking permits by email.

How much will reservations cost?

Reservations and parking permits are free of charge.

Can I park somewhere else and walk or get dropped off without a permit?

No. Allowing people to park off-site or drop people off would compromise our carrying capacity limitations related to resource protection, public safety, and quality of the visitor experience We are supporting efforts by local police to prevent negative impacts to the local community, such as illegal parking and trespassing.

How do I make a reservation?

  • Call 410-557-7994, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, to make a reservation.
  • Reservations are per vehicle and require vehicle registration information.
  • Reservations will begin Monday, June 24th for the weekend of June 29-30.
  • Reservations for a particular weekend are available beginning the Monday prior to the weekend you wish to visit.
  • 30 Reservations are available for your choice of a morning or afternoon visit on each weekend day / holiday. Morning visits are from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm and afternoon visits are from 2:00 pm until sunset.
  • Your parking pass will be emailed to you.

Are permits transferable? What should I do if I made a reservation and cannot use it?

Reservations are not transferable. Please call 410-557-7994 to let us know if you cannot make it, so that we can offer the reservation to someone else.