This mountain park is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland's most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The meandering trails through Swallow Falls guide hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland. Muddy Creek Falls The Youghiogheny River and Muddy Creek are white water rivers that contain severe natural hazards, such as waterfalls, violent rapids, swift currents, deep pools, underwater hydraulics, cold water, slippery rocks and rough terrain. Injuries and deaths have occurred in and around these waters. Visitors should be alert for these hazards and EXERCISE CAUTION to protect themselves and any children from potentially life threatening accidents. Remember, you are responsible for having the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment for a safe and environmentally sensitive visit.
The trail was incredibly easy it's basically a walking trail. I had trouble finding the third waterfall. I'm not sure if it recently stormed but there were trees fallen over and uprooted all over that end of the trail and it was poorly marked. I got down there late in the day so the sun setting deterred me from adventuring further. The water falls are beautiful and overall it was definitely worth the trip!
A really pretty area with very nice well-maintained hiking trails, but also a very crowded spot. It was a nice day so lots of people were out. To park in the main parking lot cost $5 per person (not per car) which seems a little steep, especially for our large group. Some people in our group went geocaching which they enjoyed. There are lots of picnic tables, a volleyball court, and playground up near the main lot which was where we enjoyed a picnic lunch. The waterfall had a nice area for swimming, but it was a little too cold for us this time. Maybe next time!
Greg S. on Swallow Falls Trail
Pretty easy hike with good views of two waterfalls on the shorter trail. The longer loop allows you to see a third waterfall. No dogs are allowed and there is an admission fee.