Tips for Visiting Kilgore Falls – Pylesville, MD

Disclaimer:  Caution must be used at all times as natural hazards exist at Kilgore Falls.  Please play wisely and follow the applicable state guidance for travel and safety considerations.

Kilgore Falls is located in Rocks State Park in Pylesville, Maryland. This area of the park is called Falling Branch. It’s about five miles north of the main area of the State Park.

Kilgore Falls in Rocks State Park
Kilgore Falls in Rocks State Park

The Falling Branch area has a fairly short hiking trail which leads to the 17-foot waterfall. This area is very popular, especially on weekends. However, the parking lot for the falls trail head is not very large. Therefore, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources requires parking reservations on the weekends and holidays starting in May through Labor Day. The parking lot is located at 1026 Falling Branch Road, Pylesville, Maryland.

Kilgore Falls Trail Head
Kilgore Falls Trail Head

Kilgore Falls Reservations

The parking reservations are free. The reservations typically become available on Monday morning for the following weekend. In past years, the passes are available for a morning shift from 8 AM to 2 PM, and then 2 PM until dusk.

From previous experience, the parking passes for the weekend tend to be completely reserved by around noon on Monday. Find the reservation information and rules for the area here – Link to the Maryland DNR parking reservation page. Note there is some conflicting information about when parking passes start to be required. Check the DNR webpage as it gets closer to May for final information.

Kilgore Falls Parking

Parking and reservations are monitored by Maryland DNR staff at the entrance to the parking lot. Be sure to have a copy of your reservation for them to scan.

Rocks State Park Parking Lot
Kilgore Falls Parking Lot

If you plan to visit the falls on a weekday (non-holiday), parking is first come, first serve. Once you’ve parked, there is an obvious trail head that leads to the falls. The walk to the falls about a half mile. It is fairly easy, though strollers would not be able to navigate the path.

Kilgore Falls Trail

Kilgore Falls Trail
Roots along the Kilgore Falls Trail

There are roots and obstacles, and after about a half mile walk you’ll arrive on one shore of the creek with the waterfall. From here, you’ll want to carefully navigate to a good place to sit and enjoy the falls.

Most people at the falls had water shoes to navigate the slippery and wet rocks. Kids also enjoyed playing in the rock piles at the edge of the water.

Large Rock Overhang
Kilgore Falls

Looking for some more fun in the outdoors? Check out Swatara State ParkOhiopyle State ParkRicketts Glen State ParkTrough Creek State Park, and Gifford Pinchot State Park.

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