Swallow Falls Trail

EASY 78 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.

hiking
8 days ago

beautiful scenery

nature trips
11 days 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
18 days 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
18 days 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.

21 days 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!

4 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
5 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.

5 months ago

Easy nice walk. Beautiful evergreens.

7 months ago

Great trail. Scenic.

7 months ago

superb hike! wish it was longer.

hiking
7 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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
11 months ago

Beautiful views the entire trail!

11 months ago

Easy for all to enjoy and the falls look fabulous

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

It was beautiful, it wasn't to difficult by any means. It was a little crowded but we went on a Saturday so that was expected/

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great views. Beautiful falls

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Awesome trail. stay on trail or off, spectacular views to be had with numerous photo ops. Not a hard trail but numerous spectacular views. Muddy Creek falls is the best of the three.

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Super easy hike with gorgeous views. We loved it!

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