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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  • This hike was absolutely gorgeous on the day we went- just a little snow on the ground but still sunny and beautiful! I am not much of a hiker, but it's a short hike to see all of the falls, which is....  more »
  • We have been vacationing to Deep Creek Lake for 30 years and we go to Swallow Falls every trip even when we go to the lake 3-4 times in a year. It is neat to see the river at different levels of...  more »
  • My second visit to Swallow Falls and first in the summer did not disappoint! Though spring has it's own beauty, in the heat of summertime the shade and cool water lets this park show off it's best features. Make sure to check out a few of the waterfalls, which have swimming holes and jumping rocks. Even the longest trail is more of a nature walk than a hike. If you're looking to be challenged physically, this isn't for you. If you're looking for a relaxing jaunt through the woods and down to the river, then you shouldn't hesitate to stop by.
  • This place is great. The have excellent camping. A great camp store with all of your needs in stock plus souvenirs. We had a great time camping there. The have tent pads with and without power. They have cabins in tents aren't your thing. Lots of trails to hike. You can hike to the falls and go swimming. Lots to do loads of fun.

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