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Swallow Falls Canyon Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily 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.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 137 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Fee

No dogs

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NOTE: Pets are not allowed in this park from the Saturday before Memorial Day until after Labor Day. Pets are allowed the rest of the year. Entrance Fee: $3 for Maryland Residents, $5 for out of state visitors Hours: Open daily 8 AM - Sunset

Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Redwood Tower, 9th Floor, 217 E. Redwood Street , Baltimore, MD, 21202, Phone: 410-767-3400, Fax: 410-333-6643

Directions from Morgantown, WV: Follow Rt. 68 east to exit 14 and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles past Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel several miles to the park entrance. The trailhead is beyond the restrooms at the north end of the parking lot. Travel time is estimated to be 2 hours.

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Erin Anderson
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CampingFeeGreat!Rocky

It was lots of fun! We enjoyed the views from the trail and playing in the waterfalls. Tolliver falls was underwhelming compared to the Muddy Creek, Lower and Upper Swallow Falls. We would have skipped this 4th waterfall if we'd know in advance.

Tony Hipszer
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Hiking

Nice trail and of course heavily trafficked. Enjoyed the hike and swim beneath the falls. Definitely would do again.

Jessica Kearney
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HikingGreat!

If you are even moderately fit, this trail is doable. Lots of steps, some uneven terrain, but all manageable. Beautiful waterfalls and several off chutes of the main trail loop for different views. Several places to get in the water and swim. My parents (60 & 75-years old with bad knees/hip) came to the first waterfall - Muddy Creek Falls- with us with no problem at all. They stayed up at the overlook, but loved the view. The rest was a bit too difficult for them. But I am pretty overweight/out of shape and my 6-year-old and I loved the rest!

Blair Porterfield
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Hiking

Beautiful but super crowded

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Katelyn Grenell
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Hiking

Just an FYI- you aren’t allowed pets during the summer (memorial-labor day). Didn’t know this and we couldn’t hike because we had our dog. :(

Mark Smith S
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Hiking

Best place in MD to see waterfalls—three total. Always crowded during the summer months so difficult to social distance these days. Always a joy to visit this place.

Justin Dammel
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Hiking

A little crowded at the waterfalls, but overall nice scenery. Try to get there very early to avoid crowds.

Kim Wharton
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Beautiful trail and one of my favorites. It's only a mile, but if you go towards Swallow Falls and work your way back to Muddy Creek Falls, you will do a little climbing and have to hike the steps at the end.

Joe Carper
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Hiking

Great for families. Trail is well-kept and there’s some beautiful scenery. Take note, if you are specifically going to see the largest waterfall, you’ll turn LEFT at the first trail marker, not right. That was a bit confusing, but the only thing I could find wrong with the experience.

Taylor McCready
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Hiking

Beautiful - a must if you are in deep creek. Also ADA accessible

Anthony Mazzocchi
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Hiking

Absolutely fantastic hike! A must do

Stephen Keil
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Chris Denby
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Hiking

Beautiful state park trail with multiple falls and swimming areas, downside is that it does get very busy recommend going early if you want alittle solitude

Preston Fletcher
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HikingRockyScramble

Extremely high traffic trail. Lots of people and kids, that being said very easy trail for anyone to walk with nice swimming locations at all three falls locations.

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Alexis Hill White
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Hiking

Beautiful views on this well marked hiking path.

Nick Carrasco
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Hiking

we'll kept path. beautiful views. great waterfalls

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julie_journeys on instagram
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Hiking

Super stunning trail with a series of epic waterfalls. Plenty of places to take a dip too! If you want skip the fee, you can park across the bridge in the lot and walk in too. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

Edwin Echeverria
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HikingFeeMuddyRocky

Great trail! Well kept trail, easy to follow, and great scenery. Be aware if you’re concerned in coming in contact with other people, with the opportunity to go in two different directions one will cross paths with other folks there.

Christopher Holland
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Kate Burdalski
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HikingFeeRocky

Trail was beautiful with tons of interesting rock formations to see. Worth the $3/person entrance fee (for Maryland residents) it's $5/person for non-residents. People swim by the waterfalls at their own risk. Even started raining while we were on trail and we didn't mind. Got engaged here!

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Blair Morgan
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Hiking

Great trail but note that dogs are not allowed May- September.

Ruth Learn
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Hiking

Short, easy, and beautiful.

Dana P
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Hiking

A nice short hike. Beautiful views

Monica Takacs
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HikingFee

How have I never heard of this place before? It was gorgeous. The waterfalls, white pine and hemlocks were breathtaking. Do this hike! It’s better than anything at deep creek.

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