Swallow Falls State Park is a true Garrett County treasure. It is one of the most photographed spots in the area. With unrivaled scenic beauty, it is a great spot to visit throughout all four seasons.
About Swallow Falls State Park
In 1906, John and Robert Garrett donated over 1,900 acres of land to the state. It is now known as Garrett State Forest. Swallow Falls State Park and Herrington Manor State Park are both part of this donated land. In the 1930s, they were developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Swallow Falls State Park encompasses about 257 acres. It is about nine miles north of Oakland. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park’s borders. It also includes Muddy Creek Falls. This 53-foot waterfall is the tallest free-falling waterfall in the state. a spectacular sight. Additionally, there is a stand of Hemlock trees that are over 300 years old. They are the last of their kind in the state.
Swallow Falls State Park Activities
There are tons of fun activities at Swallow Falls. Hiking is one of the most popular ways to experience the natural beauty. You can follow the 1 1/4 mile hiking trail through an old growth forest and see all three waterfalls. Also, there is a 5.5 mile trail that connects Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor State Park. It is popular with mountain bikers too.
If you have family members with mobility issues or little ones that aren’t ready for the hike, there is a viewing platform that makes things easier. It overlooks Muddy Creek Falls and is a great spot for photos.
Both Muddy Creek and the Youghiogheny River are stocked with Rainbow Trout in the spring.
The park has picnic pavilions along with nature programs during the summer.
Dog Friendly Info
Swallow Falls State Park is pet friendly! There are a few regulations to keep in mind. They must be leashed and under control. Pets are not permitted in the day use area or on the Canyon Trail between the Saturday before Memorial Day and Labor Day. Pets are permitted in the day use area after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
Always keep in mind that this natural, wild area can present certain hazards. Stay alert and keep children close-by. Awareness is key to a safe visit. You are responsible for having the skills to avoid any type of accident. That being said, it is a great place to spend time with your kids. The sights and sounds will help foster a true appreciation of the outdoors.
The Deep Creek Lake lifestyle is one that places emphasis on exploring the environment. Swallow Falls State Park is a place that you can visit again and again, and you will always see something new. When I have guests from out of town, this is always on my list when I am showing them around. It never fails to amaze!