Deer Creek, Maryland, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (varies with level)|
|DEER CREEK AT ROCKS, MD|
|usgs-01580000||2.50 - 10.00 ft||I-II||00h17m||2.17 ft (too low)|
To get to the put-in, cross Deer Creek on US1 northeast of Belair MD. Turn left on Sandy Hook Road and follow it to a stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign (which is still Sandy Hook Rd) and follow the road down to Deer Creek. Immediately after the bridge crossing the creek, turn right into a parking area. This is the Deer Creek Conservation Area River Access and the put-in for this run.
The river starts out Class I for the first mile or two, but shortly after crossing under the US 1 bridge a series of rocky Class II rapids occur which require eddying and choosing slots and routes ending in a tongue under the Forge Hill Rd. Bridge. If you look carefully, about half a mile below the Forge Hill Rd bridge, you may notice the remains of on old iron furnace on river left which is a good place to have lunch. The rest of the run returns to Class I moving water and large eddys down to MD 136 - Priestford Rd.