The Best of Maryland in Swallow Falls State Park
The Swallow Falls State Park in Oakland, Maryland delivers on scenery what it lacks in size. A mountain park with a 53-foot waterfall, rocky gorges, and tall hemlocks – this is one of the best places to hike in Western Maryland, and is also within easy reach of a range of Swallow Falls State Park hotels.
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Best Hiking Trails in Swallow Falls State Park
The trail system at Swallow Falls State Park is often rated as one of the best in the area, and the main trails live up to their reputation. A selection of shorter and longer hikes are available, in addition to a handicap accessible route to Muddy Creek Falls, and a side route to Tolliver Falls.
This is trail with scenic views, as you progress past several waterfalls including the tallest in the state. You'll see Muddy Creek Falls, Swallow Falls, and some old growth forest while you're visiting Swallow Falls State Park. This trail is graded between easy and moderate, with some rocky terrain.
A longer trail that's accessible for hikers and mountain bikers. The route runs from Swallow Falls to Herrington Manor State Park, and includes Garrett State Forest.
Alongside the marked trails, the state park also boasts the Tolliver Loop and Garret Loop campgrounds set in wooded clearings. If you've booked to stay why not do both loops in addition to the hiking trails.
Great Places to Stay Near Swallow Falls State Park
Best Family Activities in Swallow Falls State Park
Swallow Falls is family-friendly, dog-friendly, and features some of the best waterfalls in Maryland. One of the smaller state parks in the area, this is a great option for families looking to take part in nature programs, explore the hiking trails, and camp out under the stars.
Why not plan a fishing trip, including a stay at the Swallow Falls State Park cabins or Campground. Wake up in the morning and head to Muddy Creek or Youghiogheny River for spring time Rainbow Trout.
Enjoy a day taking in the breathtaking views of the state park, and stop off at the picnic area and playground for lunch.
These are advised for Swallow Falls State Park cabins from mid April until Mid December. Camp sites are available for families of up to six people, and are located in a wooded area near modern bath houses. Each pitch includes a fire ring for evening campfires and cookouts.
Check the Herrington Manor State Park Twitter feed for details of events that may be happening nearby or during your time in Swallow Falls State Park. Nature programs are just some of the fun and educational events planned each summer.
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