Falling Branch (Kilgore) Falls is located in Rock State Park in Harford County, Maryland. The waterfall is the second largest in Maryland and is just over an hour drive from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It’s a short hike from the parking area to the waterfall. Make note that you will need to walk across rocks put in place to reach the other side of the stream to access the waterfall. Depending on the level of the creek, these rocks may be partially submerged.
Directions to the parking area for the trail head can be found by plugging this address into your GPS.
1026 Falling Branch Road
Pylesville, MD 21132
The Bear Meadows Natural Area is located within Rothrock State Forest near State College, Pennsylvania. The area is unique in that it is a bog and wetlands located high up on a mountain. The loop trail is an amazing hike that takes you through a canopy of mountain laurel up to 15 to 20 feet tall. Come prepared with waterproof hiking boots since the trail is often wet and muddy.
Today’s hike took me along part of the Mid State Trail in Center County near State College. Access to this trail can be found in several areas. I chose to access the trail from Laurel Run Road behind the Tussey Mountain ski area. This section of trail is extremely rocky so a good pair of hiking boots is necessary. The trail offers a rocky hike across the top of the mountain with views along both sides.