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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  • Beautiful falls, river and scenery. All hiking is pretty easy terrain. There are a total of 4 falls in the park that you can hike to.  more »
  • Swallow Falls campground is a mixed bag. First, for those who have RVs, hookup sites are few (3) although there are more than that as handicap sites. Regardless, sites are tight and geared for tenters...  more »
  • A beautiful October day hiking the trails. Easy walking, enjoyed the Falls. Low flow was to be expected due to lack of rain. Image is Muddy Creek Falls in the Park.  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)!
  • Very pretty park with multiple waterfalls. Well maintained trails that are good for beginners. You can swim in the river but be careful bc the rocks are very slippery. Park has an ice cream stand with extremely good ice cream from lakeside creamery.
  • 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.

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