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Hiking Kilgore Falls, Maryland

With cooler temperatures and less crazy schedules, fall weekends are perfect for hiking with friends. Maryland has a lot of state parks and hiking trails that I’ve never explored.

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Kilgore Falls is part of Rocks State Park and is an easy out and back hike good for families, dogs, and friends who recently got out of a boot cast after foot surgery (my friend Sharon). With all the rain we have gotten recently in Maryland the falls were very full and while crossing the stream is usually simple and not a swimming affair, today one would have gotten soaked.

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(Photo by Mandy)

We saw a number of people attempted to cross and fall in so we opted to just stay on one side of Kilgore Falls. Usually there are stepping stones but they were under water.

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(Photo by Mandy)

The parking lot at Kilgore Falls was packed with people waiting for spots. If you are new to hiking or not athletic at all, this is the trail for you!

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(Photo by Sharon)

Since Kilgore was easy and no one had really worked up a sweat we opted to go to another hiking trail sort of nearby. I bought this awesome book in Portland, Oregon about 5 years ago. It is very strange to find a book about hiking in Baltimore in Oregon. This book was such a good purchase.

MD Hiking book

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The trail we really wanted to do Rocks State Park’s White Trail Loop to the King and Queen’s Seat but Sharon’s foot was not yet ready for so we ended up on the easier Hidden Valley Trail. Deer Creek views and rock formations abound but mostly we were laughing at Terri’s little, adorable dog do weird stuff. He was extremely overjoyed during our hikes.

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(Photo by Sharon)

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After a few bug bites, photos, and communing with nature we hopped in my car and rode to Slate Brewery on Terri’s recommendation. I had a really good ginger pale ale but Sharon’s Apple Pie Ale was the big winner of the day.

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Slate Farm Brewery has a great covered outdoor space that is a fantastic was to spend a Saturday afternoon. Go check them out if you are in the area.

All in all it was a fun, fall Saturday with friends!

Reader Question: What is your favorite fall outdoor activity? Pumpkin patches, hiking, breweries, apple picking???

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