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Swallow Falls State Park, Oakland

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Swallow Falls State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located on the west bank of the Youghiogheny River north of Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland, in the United States. The state park features Maryland's highest free-falling waterfall, the 53ft Muddy Creek Falls, as well as smaller waterfalls on the Youghiogheny River and Tolivar Creek. The park is notable for its stand of old hemlock trees, some more than 300 years old, "the last stand of its kind in Maryland."HistoryThe park had its beginnings in 1906 with the donation by John and Robert Garrett of Baltimore of to be used as a state forest. The land now known as Garrett State Forest included the areas that became Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor state parks, both of which were developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Notable persons who have visited the area include Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone, who camped at Muddy Creek Falls in the summers of 1918 and 1921.Activities and amenitiesThe park contains 65 campsites, a picnic area with a pavilion and playground, as well as a mile-long hiking trail through the old growth forest. A 5.5mi trail for hiking and mountain biking connects the state park with Herrington Manor State Park.
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  • The falls were amazing. Some easy hiking and some difficult hiking. Would have like to stay longer and enjoy more. Walked most of it and return to car with toddler. Some hills and Rocky paths. There w...  more »
  • Definitely worth the drive. Beautiful falls and great trails for all abilities, ages and amount of time you have. We have visited twice with 3-4 year old and baby in backpack carrier. Bathroom and vis...  more »
  • There is a fee. The fee for out-of-staters is higher than for MD residents. We had a gret tiem watching kayakers go down the falls.  more »
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  • Wonderful hiking experience. Trails are for just about everyone, with some exceptions. Part of the trails are gravel, though I don't recall if bikes are allowed. Docked a star because they don't allow pets (and we drove an hour there with our dog to find out the hard way). But, the falls are really pretty and the hiking is nice. And, you can swim in the water (at your own risk)!
  • Love the hike here. You can do the long route or if you for feel like it, take the short cut right to the falls. But the long hike is really worth it!
  • Beautiful. The trails are extremely well kept. It's still a little steep and Rocky in spots so small children may have some difficulty. However, for the most part the trail was easy to maneuver. The trail takes you to 4 different falls and then loops back around. The loop may be about 1 to 1.5 miles on total. I walked it about 3 times no problem. Theres a small playground with monkey bars and swings. There's also a nice pavilion and plenty of room for picnicing. The trials weren't really busy the day I was there after a hard rain in early May so it wasn't crowded.
  • Love seeing the falls and enjoying nature while you are there. Lots of changes since Hurricane Sandy, lots of deadfall on the forest floor and it has also opened up the canopy. Seems like a forest out of a fairy tale.
  • Amazing Travis with spectacular views of the falls. Very nice trail design gives some easy, flat trails (that are even wheelchair accessible) and other sections (between the falls along the stream) are more natural with rocky trails.