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Swallow Falls State Park

Oakland, MD
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Ranked #1 of 12 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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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Beautiful waterfalls. We have a 7 yr old daughter and a 16 yr old son which makes it challenging to find things to do that they both will enjoy. We went to Swallow Falls, when there was snow on the ground and had a snowball fight, while running through the trails and ducking behind trees and rocks. Even my teenage... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The water was so nice and cool Ina hot summer day that it really was breath taking! The hike to the falls was easy which is great when you have little kids with you! The water was awesome. There really aren't many words to describe how it felt to be under that waterfall!

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washington dc
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

they have a few short trails, fit for most casual hikers... when we went, it was rather busy on the trails, even though it was a hot day... good photo stops...

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Washington, DC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great, easygoing trail for families. Many sidetracks to hidden spots along the rapids. Lots of photo opportunities, views are awesome.

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Hortonville, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Our family, 2 adults, Snow Lab and 3 children (12,15,and 17) walked the hiking trail and were able to view Muddy Creek Falls and the swimming area under it. It was breathtaking. Water falls along the entire trail. Did not go swimming..as there was a rapid water flow. Was gorgeous to view. Trail had a couple awkward spots, but otherwise... More

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This hike was a real treat. The kids did not wear their bathing suits, but had other clothes in the car, so we left them get in the falls. It is very slippery. Someone fell and cut their elbow while we were there. But our kids had a blast. A great memory.

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Delmont, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Nice walk. Pretty falls. Spent a couple hours exploring. Was Raining so cut our hike a bit short. The Muddy Creek Falls are also on same hike. They are bit nicer the Swallow Falls

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

$5 per person entry fee into park area. The falls seemed to be a great swimming hole however the water is very cold. Still, a lot of people were swimming. Rest room, small gift shop and mobile Lakeside creamery were located upon entrance into the Falls area.

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Maryland
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20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Our family enjoyed this park - one trail was very easy with a stroller and afforded a good view of the waterfall without having to navigate the stairs. Bonus - was the Lakeside Creamery trailer in the parking lot for an ice cream treat.

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Reisterstown, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Good day trip lots of trails and great scenery. Love the falls. Need a few more places to rest throughout the trails - possibly some benches somewhere. Not really able to fish anywhere.

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