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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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Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Description: State park that has three waterfalls and many hiking trails.

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Great hike

My husband and I hiked the loop that goes to 4 different waterfalls. Well-maintained wide trails except we took a rocky one on the way back, but we were in the woods, after all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Eighty Four, Pennsylvania
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Eighty Four, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My husband and I hiked the loop that goes to 4 different waterfalls. Well-maintained wide trails except we took a rocky one on the way back, but we were in the woods, after all. Nice wooden steps down to the falls overlooks. It was interesting seeing the Yough River from a different view.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a small state park with a lovely shaded walk among virgin hemlock and white pine trees. I enjoyed all the spring wildflowers, but the mountain laurel is just in bud. There are lots of steps down to the waterfalls from the main path. You will see may down trees due to heavy snow fall. There were some teens... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The virgin hemlock and white pine trees (some estimated to be 300+ years old) give a marvelous feeling to the walk. There are several falls with Swallow Falls being the most dramatic and very viewable ... you can walk to the on the top shelf to where the water tumble over ... but walk carefully or you will tumble over!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Four waterfalls in a little more than a mile. The largest at 63 feet is actually wheelchair Accessible. You have to drive a van park by boardwalk. But the hike is fairly easy and well maintained. The park is best seen in spring with wildflowers. But fall or a day after rain will make waterfalls with the stop. The hike... More 

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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is a great place to hike and play in the water. If you are adventurous there is a location to jump off and plunge in, you do need to be careful, seen someone fall and sprain their ankle walking on slippery rocks. Wear good shoes, you can be as adventurous as you like or just stick to the trail... More 

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This hike is easy for the average person. The trail to the falls was about 1.5 miles. We went the opposite way of what others advised (turning right at the fork in the trail) and enjoyed the build up from the smallest falls to the largest. Beautiful trail.

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Beltsville, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It really should be called Muddy Creek Falls, as that is the highlight attraction, but the whole park is wonderful. The path can be slippery, but it isn't difficult and the views are wonderful. A must stop if you come to the Deep Creek Lake area. Better in the summer when you can swim, but always a nice visit.

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Keyser, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

There is actually three falls to see and the hike around the park is extremely slick. So if you go make sure you wear type of shoe with good traction. When you park go left of the parking area to the first falls and take the train down around to the other two falls. Walking down the slippery path is... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We love to stand and listen to the water falls! The trail is well marked and they are upgrading some of them to blue chip.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great hiking and nature trails. Beautiful water falls. Good for people who like adventuring into nature.

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