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Swallow Falls State Park, Oakland
(4.7/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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 trails from the parking lot were safe and easy to maneuver. The path was slightly downhill, but easy to walk on. There was a great landing area where you could view the falls and get amazing pictu...  more »
  • Have been to Swallow Falls many times but hadn't been back in a long time, many things were new, walk was a little cool in October with all the tree cover, but worth the visit. 
  • What a beautiful park, went one day and did the walk to the falls Went back two days later took lots of pictures. Dogs loved it 
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  • A "must see" if you're near that area! Beautiful, pristine and quiet. The waterfalls were breathtaking! Plan to spend a few hours enjoying all Swallow Falls has to offer!
  • Awesome park. Absolutely amazing. $3 for locals $5 for non-local visitors. Donations are via an honor box. And please, be honorable! The admission goes to the park for maintenance and such. Your donations are what make the whole experience possible. It pays the wages of the folks that mow, clean up after disrespectful litterers and maintain pathways so it's safe for you and your children to come see absolute natural beauty. There is a decent amount of hiking available considering. You must walk to get to the attractions. Please visit this place!
  • Great place for a fall or spring camping trip. Short, simple hikes for younger or less fit folks. Nice creek. Pretty falls. Well managed.
  • Great walks and views with different routes for different abilities. The maps are not marked with distances but my gps told me the largest circle was about 1.5 mile. Well worth a visit.
  • Very nice state park. I enjoyed being able to go of the trails to explore and swim on my own.