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Swallow Falls State Park, Oakland

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 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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  • Most enjoyable hike to see Muddy Creek and both the Lower and Upper Swallow Falls. Some parts of the walkway can be slippery, so care and walking shoes are recommended. 
  • Swallow falls park is beautiful. I recommend you go and walk the trails to the falls it is worth it, it is a hike of both trails and steps, wear sneekers as you are hiking around rocks and dirt trails...  read more »
  • Had a quick trip to Frostburg followed by heading up to Swallow falls gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This is a must do for anyone that heads to Western MD. Beautiful spring day! 
  • 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!
  • I've been camping here several times in mid-May. Weather in May is typically chilly in the mornings, and warms to a very pleasant temperature by mid-day. Campsites here are clean with nice facilities. There are some nice hiking trails here, and the falls themselves are beautiful.
  • Awesome. Went with my wife on a little get away. I will come back with my daughter as she will love it too. There was a great walking trail that went by four separate waterfalls. A little over a mile, but well worth the walk. Some areas on the trail are bit rocky, so make sure to wear the right shoes.
  • Swallow Falls is a lot of fun! I didn't get to hike much of the trail as my friends and I just got stuck playing around in the water. This would be a great place to cool off in the summer heat. It's a great gem in western Maryland!
  • So beautiful! Easy hiking...we did it in flip flops with a 6 and 2yr old. Would recommend better shoes for next time. The falls are spectacular! Also, the rocks, trees, wildlife, etc. Great place to spend the day.
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