Swallow Falls State Park Quick Guide

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.

Swallow Falls State Park

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. Continue reading Swallow Falls State Park Quick Guide

Photo Gallery-Trio of Waterfalls-Swallow Falls

 

Betsy Holcomb

 

 

 

Swallow Falls

Tolliver Falls

Muddy Creek falls

Winter activities have been superb over the second half of the 2016 season and we still have a way to go before spring kicks in. Leave the traffic and stress from work behind and come inhale and absorb the beautiful waterfalls at Swallow Falls State Park. Continue reading Photo Gallery-Trio of Waterfalls-Swallow Falls

Swallow Falls State in the Fall- Photo Gallery

Betsy Holcomb

Swallow Falls by Bob Holcomb

Swallow Falls-Fall Spectacle

 

As you get into and beyond the third week in September you will find the leaves making their change at Swallow Falls State Park. This change signals the start of the fall foliage show that slowly blooms here in Garrett County over the next month. Continue reading Swallow Falls State in the Fall- Photo Gallery

Garrett County Waterfalls- Deep Creek Lake

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Garrett County Waterfalls- Deep Creek Lake
Garrett County Waterfalls- Deep Creek Lake
Garrett County Waterfalls- Deep Creek Lake
Garrett County Waterfalls

Deep Creek Lake Waterfalls

 

Garrett County Waterfalls- Deep Creek Lake. Next time you are visiting Deep Creek Lake, be sure to visit Swallow Falls State Park and experience a trip back in time with three spectacular waterfalls. Only a short walk from the parking area is the breathtaking 53’ Muddy Creek Falls. It is the highest waterfall in the state ofMaryland and used to be a regular campsite for Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford in the early twentieth century.  The park has towering ancient Hemlock trees and trails that will take you to two more waterfalls that both have unique personalities.SwallowFalls exists because of a huge bottleneck in the mightyYoughioghenyRiver that increases the water flow causing it to explode over an enormous rock outcropping. This is a great place to bring the kids during the summer to let them slide on the rocks and swim in the refreshing river. LittleTolliverFalls is a short walk upstream and is a favorite of mine to photograph. It is tucked a few footsteps from theYoughRiver and has a very peaceful setting that can keep you mesmerized for hours with its soothing calm. Make sure you enjoy this beautiful part of our great country on your next visit to the lake. Like me, you will become a regular at returning to these special places over and over again, each time blowing you away like the first time you laid eyes on these national treasures.

Garrett County Waterfalls- Deep Creek Lake
Garrett County Waterfalls- Deep Creek Lake
Garrett County Waterfalls- Deep Creek Lake
Garrett County Waterfalls

Swallow Falls State Park, Deep Creek Lake Maryland

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor

 There’s a story in ’em ‘er woods…or more like it, a whole lot of stories!  Swallow Falls State Park is just outside of Deep Creek Lake, Maryland and stretches to about 257 acres along the scenic Youghiogheny River.  Hiking trails will lead you to 2 large falls, Swallow Falls and Muddy Creek Falls, as well as several smaller whitewaters.  Tall Hemlocks dominate the silent woods, which are estimated to be 300+ years old.

Swallow Falls State Park, Deep Creek Lake Maryland
Muddy Creek Falls

As a native to Garrett County, Maryland I’ve walked these paths on many occasions but I learn something new about the historical park each time I visit.  On my most recent trip to Swallow Falls, I noticed a few things about the trees that adorn its forests.

Swallow Falls State Park, Deep Creek Lake Maryland
Tolliver Falls

Youghiogheny Grove is a 37-acre area of virgin Hemlock and White Pine and is the last stand of its kind in Maryland.  Another grove of trees a little closer to the river is known as Towering Giants.  Because of their age, the trees’ root systems are shallow and particularly vulnerable to storm damage.  Some of the treetops and limbs have been stripped over the years, but to look up and see the sunlight glistening through them is a spectacle you’ll want to experience.

 

Swallow Falls State Park, Deep Creek Lake Maryland
Swallow Falls State Park