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Swallow Falls State Park is a public recreation area located on the west bank of the Youghiogheny River nine miles (14 km) northwest of Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland, in the United States. The state park features Maryland's highest free-falling waterfall, the 53-foot (16 m) 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."Plan your visit to Swallow Falls State Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Oakland online trip planner.
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Spent a beautiful fall day hiking in this park as well as in a few surrounding areas of Deep Creek. Heads up- make sure you dress appropriately with either hiking boots, sneakers etc. The areas...
Spent a beautiful fall day hiking in this park as well as in a few surrounding areas of Deep Creek. Heads up- make sure you dress appropriately with either hiking boots, sneakers etc. The areas... more »
This is a great park. It has maintained trails if you have a group that needs a level walking surface. For the more adventurous, take the trail from one falls to the next right along the river.
This is a great park. It has maintained trails if you have a group that needs a level walking surface. For the more adventurous, take the trail from one falls to the next right along the river. more »
We came here in the afternoon on the Labor Day weekend, and the parking lot was pretty full. Visitors need to pay entrance fee, but it’s not much ($10 for 2 people in a car). The trail was pretty short to connect the 3-4 waterfall view points, and the waterfalls were beautiful. Many people were swimming or just lying on the rocks next to the waterfalls. There were some stairs to get down to the river, but it’s not too bad. Overall, it’s a nice place for a relaxing hike.
Rented a cabin for a weekend in June and brought the kids. The cabin and site was excellent: clean and orderly. There was an overhead fan in the cabin, a mini fridge, queen bed and twin bunk beds: perfect for a family of four. There was a picnic bench and fire ring. The bath house was surprisingly clean. There’s also a place to wash dishes. There is a convenient place to dump trash and recycle plastics. This park is not dog friendly so I’d recommend boarding your dog. There are several jungle gyms and swing sets for the kids. The trail system was excellent, beautiful old trees and several remarkable waterfalls. The camp store sells ice, firewood, soda, snacks, shirts, camping gear, etc. The weekend seemed to be busy so be prepared to share the trails with lots of large groups. We didn’t see any wildlife except for some deer, squirrels, and birds. The nearby town of Oakland has a few interesting spots including the B&O Railroad Museum and the Garrett County Museum of Transportation. This is a beautiful state park and I’d highly recommend it!
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