Swallow Falls Canyon Trail

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Swallow Falls Canyon Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 127 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

Entrance Fee: $3 for Maryland Residents, $5 for out of state visitors Hours: Open daily 8am-Sunset Note: Pets are not allowed between Memorial Day and Labor Day (Service Dogs excepted)

6 days ago

Way too many people bathing in front of the picturesque waterfalls.

hiking
10 days ago

As a current employee of this park there are some misleading things on here that might confuse some people planning on coming here. The trail is 1 & 1/4 miles long and is open everyday from 8am until sunset. From Memorial Day Saturday until Labor Day NO PETS are permitted with the exception of service dogs. The fee to enter the park is $3.00 a person for Maryland resident and $5.00 a person for out of state residents. Children in car seats and booster seats are free as well as active duty military members and veterans. The entrance fee will also get you into Herrington Manor state park which is 4 & 1/2 miles up the road. The river is not safe to swim in we have a high amount of serious injuries and drownings here each year. Herrington manor has a beach and lake that is safe to swim in.

hiking
24 days ago

Satisfying trek along the Youghiogheny River. The trail features several waterfalls. Very crowded. Plus a $5 / person entry charge.

hiking
29 days ago

Great trail for kids! The terrain was well marked and easy to navigate, but still offered beautiful scenery. One of our favorites to date! Will be back for sure.

hiking
30 days ago

Easy hike. Love the falls. Go to the right first to hit Swallow Falls and end at Muddy Falls which is much larger. Can make a little rock scrambling happen if you want. Must see, but not for a super fit hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Possibly the trail that started my life long live for hiking and being in nature. I’ve been doing this trail a few times a year since I can even remember (40 years almost). Sometimes we’d walk the falls and climb the rocks when my parents were feeling adventurous. This was also my son’s first trail experience around 2 years of age.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail with beautiful views of each waterfall. A couple of really cool narrow, rock face sections with views of the river through the foliage. Definitely a must do if in the area!

1 month ago

Just as beautiful at the pictures. We did this hike clockwise and were not disappointed. Beautiful views, well maintained trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Trails were very nice and clean. The waterfalls were cool. Muddy falls was the best! The bridges and steps were in great shape! Very nice simple hike! We will be back!!

hiking
2 months ago

Very scenic area, short hike but worth it. Nice campground if passing through. I would hike clockwise.

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

3 months ago

nice if you live close by other then that I would go elsewhere

hiking
3 months ago

I have taken this trail 3 times and enjoyed it a lot. This trail has a beautiful view of several falls. It is not difficult - the only significant climbs have steps, so it is good for a mixed group with some inexperienced hikers. NOTE: I would advise caution in below freezing weather as much of the trail will cover over with ice due to the spray and some sections become impassible due to the lack of handrails.

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snow
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with two great waterfalls at either end. Great for all ages being just under a mile for the full loop. We hiked with lots of snow and it was a magnificent site.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful Beautiful Place. The power of the water is amazing. Multiple places for nice pictures.

hiking
5 months ago

I’ve never seen the falls with this amount of water! It was a powerful display of nature!

hiking
7 months ago

We just missed the fall colors but it was soon after a rain so the waterfalls were great. My mom is 69 and not in good physical shape but she was able to complete the 0.9 mile hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Short but lovely! Took the family here for a sort hike. It was busy but worth it. The falls were great and running full from all the rain. Definitely worth the stop!

7 months ago

This is a popular trail but it’s worth it!

8 months ago

A great family hiking trail!

hiking
8 months ago

I was a little skeptical because it was such a popular trail and I was thinking it.kight be a let down... and I proven wrong. it's a great walk/hike with absolutely gorgeous scenery. you're only hurting yourself of you don't go!

9 months ago

beautiful scenery and sounds

10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months 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
Friday, June 15, 2018

beautiful scenery

nature trips
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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.

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