Swallow Falls State Park Campground

Oakland, Maryland

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Within this relatively small park (257 acres), you’ll find three waterfalls (including Muddy Creek Falls, Maryland’s tallest single-drop waterfall), the Youghiogheny Wild and Scenic River, and the oldest white pine and eastern hemlock in the state, some trees approaching 400 years old. The park’s name derives from the cliff swallows that used to nest on the rock pillar below the upper Swallow Falls. Long before it became a park the area was drawing admirers. Some of the legends of American entrepreneurship (Ford, Firestone, and Edison, among them) camped along the falls, hoping for inspiration. Though your trip here won’t be nearly as rugged, you can draw inspiration just the same within some spectacular scenery. The trail network near and around the falls can get crowded during the summer, but hiking along here is a treat nonetheless.
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by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Within this relatively small park (257 acres), you’ll find three waterfalls (including Muddy Creek Falls, Maryland’s tallest single-drop waterfall), the Youghiogheny Wild and Scenic River, and the oldest white pine and eastern hemlock in the state, some trees approaching 400 years old. The park’s name derives from the cliff swallows that used to nest on the rock pillar below the upper Swallow Falls.

Long before it became a park the area was drawing admirers. Some of the legends of American entrepreneurship (Ford, Firestone, and Edison, among them) camped along the falls, hoping for inspiration. Though your trip here won’t be nearly as rugged, you can draw inspiration just the same within some spectacular scenery. The trail network near and around the falls can get crowded during the summer, but hiking along here is a treat nonetheless.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Oakland
Campsites: 65
Season: Tolliver: late May–September;  Garrett:early April–mid-December
Additional Use: Fishing, Hiking
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: 301-387-6938 dnr2.maryland.gov
Fees per Night: $21.49-$32.49
Facilities: Picnic area, pavilion, playground, bathhouse
Driving Directions: Directions to Swallow Falls State Park Campground

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