Swallow Falls State Park
his mountain park, Sallow Falls State Park, is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland’s most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park’s borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The 1 1/4 mile trail through Swallow Falls guides hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.
The Youghiogheny River and Muddy Creek are white water rivers that contain severe natural hazards, such as waterfalls, violent rapids, swift currents, deep pools, underwater hydraulics, cold water, slippery rocks and rough terrain. Injuries and deaths have occurred in and around these waters. Visitors should be alert for these hazards and EXERCISE CAUTION to protect themselves and any children from potentially life threatening accidents.
Remember, you are responsible for having the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment for a safe and environmentally sensitive visit.
“Beautiful. The trails are extremely well kept. It’s still a little steep and Rocky in spots so small children may have some difficulty. However, for the most part the trail was easy to maneuver. The trail takes you to 4 different falls and then loops back around. The loop may be about 1 to 1.5 miles on total. I walked it about 3 times no problem. There is a small playground with monkey bars and swings. There’s also a nice pavilion and plenty of room for picnicking. The trials weren’t really busy the day I was there after a hard rain in early May so it wasn’t crowded.” – Sarah Makin via Google Reviews
Directions: Follow Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles past Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 1.3 miles to Swallow Falls State Park, or 4.5 miles further to Herrington Manor State Park.
2470 Maple Glade Road
Oakland MD 21550