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."
The 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.
The 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 here are well maintained and take you through an old growth stand of magnificent hemlock and white pine. Obviously, an incredible amount of effort has gone into making access to the waterfa...  more »
  • We've been to this state park 3 times and love the the falls. Easy hiking, though you need to be mindful of the wet and slippery surfaces. The views are majestic. We always have a great time  more »
  • A beautiful winter wonderland! Icicles hanging from rocks. Strongly flowing falls. The paths were a little slick. Hikers should proceed with caution. Consider bringing trekking poles, especially for the occasional hiker. Views and peaceful environment with occasional birdsong well worth the trip!
  • Maryland does a great job managing this state park. Easy walk to see the falls, but longer hike available. Flush toilets. I recommend making a generous donation at the gate to continue the wonderful maintenance here.

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