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Swallow Falls State Park

Oakland, MD
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Description: State park that has three waterfalls and many hiking trails.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The person at the entrance was not very friendly. The park was beautiful. Did not have any maps of the area. Definitely worth the visit it is beautiful. Make sure you bring bathing suit and swim shoes to swim in the falls.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Price: $3 pp if instate resident $5 pp if out of state resident Sometimes there's an attendant, sometimes there's a box to leave your money. There's a parking lot with a souvenir store (which I didn't check out) and a homemade ice cream stand if you get the urge. This hike is what you make it - If you want... More

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MIAMI FLORIDA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

enjoyed the quite walk through the forest to the falls. easy to walk and hang out on the flat rocks of the river. Many swim here and fish. The park still shows signs of hurricane Sandy's wrath with downed trees and stumps . However this does not effect the experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Easy 1 mile hike along the river. Includes views of several falls and opportunities for swimming. Park is a bit expensive asking $5pp for out of state adults. Look for discounts or passes from lodging providers.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Don't miss a chance to hike his beautiful park with 3 beautiful waterfalls. It's a pretty easy hike and a beautiful place to chill out on a hot day. Take off your shoes and wade at the top of the falls. Picnic and eat ice cream to reward yourself!

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Pittsburgh, United States
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Swallow Falls is one of my favorite parks to visit. The falls are beautiful and the hike has something for everyone. It's easy enough for newbies but offers many challenges to those who are willing to go off the beaten path. However, on my most recent visit, I learned that they do not allow pets within the main trail area.... More

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Waldorf, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice, easy trail to walk to the falls, no matter what age. The falls are gentle and the pool is great to cool off in, for all ages. Noo category 4 or 5 here; that is why I call it family friendlly. Even if you use a cane, you can do this!

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Derwood, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The waterfalls are great and it is fun to swim in them but the woods themselves were star for me. You don't see hemlock forest very often and the charm of the place that reminds you of a medieval European forest setting. My 5 and 3 year old handled the hike to falls just fine so the paths are well... More

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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The woods are cool on a hot day and the falls are beautiful. The hike is easy. There were many families with small children making the trek. There is some treacherous footing, but that is to be expected when walking over tree roots, uneven ground and wet rock areas. The sound of the falls is delightful and can be heard... More

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San Franci
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I grew up around Oakland and probably went to Swallow Falls hundreds of times, and hiked over pretty much all of it, including many areas that were far away from the tourist trails. I no longer live there, but have gone back a couple times in the last couple of years. It has lost a tiny bit of allure, I... More

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