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Swallow Falls State Park

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Address: 222 Herrington Lane, Oakland, MD 21550
Phone Number: (301) 387-6938
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State park that has three waterfalls and many hiking trails.

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Hemlocks hemlocks and raging river

The previous reviewer said everything perfectly! I just want to add that it gets pretty dangerous for the little ones the closer you get to the Muddy falls. They had blast running... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Hollywood, MD
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Hollywood, MD
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103 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The previous reviewer said everything perfectly! I just want to add that it gets pretty dangerous for the little ones the closer you get to the Muddy falls. They had blast running around the the hemlock fairy kingdom where the trail is 8 feet wide and gravel...but once you go down that first set of steps it's a rocky scramble... More 

Thank Lonewolfandcubs
Riverdale Park, Maryland
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a treasure we have in Maryland! I didn't see much online that showed much, besides the falls. The pictures don't do this place any justice. In the parking lot you're greeted by a sign that reads "Swallow Falls Canyon Trail". Once you pass this sign, you're taken into a whole new world. Trees here are said to be "300+"... More 

Thank Slainez75
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the park for a morning hike while in the area. It was an early November morning and we were the only ones in the park that were not camping. We walked the trails to the river and the falls. The trails were well maintained and the scenery is wonderful. The falls are easy to reach although there... More 

Thank Al O
Pittsburgh, PA
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a gorgeous park and well worth the time to visit. FOUR waterfalls in a mile and a half walk of spectacular scenery... Lots of stairs but otherwise not a challenging trail in my opinion. They do require $5 out-of-state entrance fee ($3 in state) which again is well worth it...this park is very well maintained

Thank RGS50
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last weekend we went to Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. Close to the lake is this great small park. It is a hike of 3.8 miles on a path but if you prefer it can be a medium-high level hiking. The falls are beautiful, are many of them. The park is well maintained. The price is very low. It is... More 

Thank Jocelyn L
Imperial, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk to see all of the falls is about a mile, and takes 2 hours, of more, depending on how quickly you cannavigate some of the more challenging terrain. Most of the walk is easy. the falls are beautiful. We unfortunately at the end of the Fall foliage season, so missed the best of the tree colors, but the... More 

Thank chuck477
Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a beautiful short walk/hike you experience a number of beautiful waterfalls. Muddy Creek Falls is perhaps the prettiest. Definitely recommend this...only takes about 1/2 hour to traverse the path from Muddy Creek Falls to Shallow Falls. Was surprised that it was as busy as it was.

Thank Don W
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this park and enjoyed a nice hike through the woods. Enjoyed all the falls along the way. Took some nice pictures! This is a nice place to spend a few hours...really enjoyed it!!

Thank rehogirl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I went to swallow fall state park on October 11, 2015 from Washington DC. The morning drive was so breathtaking. The road was foggy and misty but in a most beautiful way. Took rest at the rest area at I-68 Sideling Hill Rest Area ear Hancock. You will have a beautiful mountain view. Past Cumberland, the mountains are adorned with... More 

Thank gashaw a
Washington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

My husband and sons love Swallow Falls. My husband has been going there since he was a child. It is great for camping, exploring, hiking and many other things. The waterfalls are beautiful. It is a great place for families to have fun or just relax.

Thank Carol G

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