Swallow Falls Trail

EASY 88 reviews

Swallow Falls Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, Maryland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
121 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

no dogs

There is an admission fee to enter.

1 day ago

Great hike on a short loop. I went right first to Tolliver falls which is small but has a little beach and pool area if u want to cool off. Then upper falls that you can go on and has a nice vista view down river and a little down the river a nice view back upstream at it. Lower falls after that then nice rocky hike to muddy creek falls the biggest of the group.

hiking
11 days ago

I considered this more of a walk than a hike. The falls are pretty. You can connect with other trails to see a total of three waterfalls.

hiking
15 days ago

Picturesque, accessible to everyone, and a pretty reasonable hike.

hiking
1 month ago

There is a longer trail this is apart of that you get to see three different and beautiful waterfalls! Very accessible to all! The park does cost an entrance fee per person. The trails and waterfalls were packed. Many people were swimming at the waterfalls. The rocks are very slippery be cute to wear shoes with traction. The trails are also not very well marked. Be prepared to feel lost. But once you get to the falls it will all be worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful scenery

nature trips
2 months ago

Impressive falls. Sometimes the falls trails are a let down, but this one is legit. We were here in June and you could walk right out onto the drop.

hiking
2 months ago

When in the Deep Creek Recreation Area you need to walk this short trail in Swallow Falls State Park. There is paved parking at the trailhead and overflow parking around the bend. The trailhead is under an arch that says Swallow Falls Canyon Trail. A very short spur takes you back to the main loop where a sign points left for Muddy Creek Falls and right for Swallow Falls. It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the falls in either direction. The western side of the loop is smooth clay with pea gravel and the east side hugs the Youghiogheny River and is a mild rock scramble. Creeking shoes, sandals, or sneakers are best - boots and trekking poles are unnecessary. Along the river there are several short trails down to the water and most provide great photo opportunities. Fortunately, all of the paths are easy to climb up and down with good places to step. Both waterfalls are very easily accessed, that is, you can walk right up to the falls although signs advise caution. Muddy Creek waterfall is very handicapped-accessible with van parking and a long wooden ramp leading to a wooden observation deck.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is breathtakingly beautiful. We hiked with my dad and 6 yo son and we actually went off track a lot and it was amazing. We crossed many rocks/water area. It is short enough to get around the whole hike in 3.5 hours.

2 months ago

Great trail!! It snowed the day we went and the fresh snow made the trail look beautiful! Definitely going back to see it when everything is green!

6 months ago

Gorgeous in the winter with all the icing. Very easy leisure stroll, not at all difficult.

easy trail. We went when in January. Ice on the falls were beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

We took a 12 year old, a 6 year old, and a 4 year old. The trails were slick and even icy in some spots but the kids had a blast.

7 months ago

Easy nice walk. Beautiful evergreens.

8 months ago

Great trail. Scenic.

9 months ago

superb hike! wish it was longer.

hiking
9 months ago

Me, my husband, and our 7 month old hiked this today. It was perfect weather for it. We thoroughly enjoyed our hike. The river was gorgeous. There was still substantial tree damage in some areas, but it didn’t detract from the hike. I would recommend this hike and would love to come back in summer so we could venture out in the water. Beautiful falls! We saved Muddy Falls for last and made the loop from The upper and lower falls and Tolliver falls and around.

hiking
11 months ago

Seeing three waterfalls on one short easy hike perfect reward after a long car ride!

hiking
11 months ago

A must see if you're staying in the Deep Creek area.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

pleasant, not difficult trail...can get a little busy

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Loved it. It's like walking through something out of a story book. Lots of waterfalls to see and super kid friendly. We took our little one in a pack. Went on the weekend, was not even too crowded. Very family fun trail!

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful views the entire trail!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Easy for all to enjoy and the falls look fabulous

Saturday, June 24, 2017

beautiful place, cool waterfalls, trout fishing n swimming

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hike, swim, enjoy the waterfalls. Beautiful trail with hemlocks and white pine, along with neat rock formations.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

A lot of good spots to take it in scenery. Taking your boots off putting your feet in the water the is a must.

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cozy spongy soil. Great for a barefoot hike (once you're about an eighth of a mile in) or a swim. Swam here as a kid. Great time!

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Beautiful trail.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nice trail with great views. Well trafficked is a great description of the trail. Still enjoyable though

Saturday, January 21, 2017

great swimming and hiking

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Went here with extended family while we were in a Deep Creek in vacation. Very easy to reach. It was a good hike for both the grandparents and the little ones. Frequent photo ops as you walk along the river and good signage.

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