Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Maryland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Good trail some parts get a little backed up with traffic. Get ready to climb rocks, decent physical challenge not too bad or exhausting.

love the views and cliffs. much wild life

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.

walking
14 days ago

As of today Trails A and B are closed but the trail to Great Falls overlook is great. It’s flat, smooth, small pebbles; easy for walking or biking. The overlook is incredible.

hiking
17 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
21 days ago

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

Good time to go in summer especially after the rains when the fall has good amount of running water. Had a great time climbing the rocks along the fall. I wouldn’t say it is an ‘easy’ hike but a moderate to hard one. You can also sit by the river which is near the parking lot and enjoy a picnic. Will definitely go again.

Challenging and fun!!! Definitely coming back. Beautiful scenery.

paddle sports
27 days ago

This particular route is a WATER trail not a land trail! I suggest checking tides and winds as it can be fairly difficult if you are paddling against them. The Shad Landing area itself offers some easy hiking trails, half of which are pet friendly. People looking for longer, pet friendly hikes should check out the Milburn Landing area of Pocomoke River State Park which also has access to the trail head for the Algonquin Cross Country Trail into the Pocomoke State Forest.

Did the A trail with 2 teens. challenging spots for a nice workout. Not too crowed. Going back again for sure!

fun trail, easy enough for kids too.

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.

walking
1 month ago

This trail has a couple raised boardwalk overlooks with views over the bayside marsh.

Did The A & C trails (B was closed). Was around 10.5 miles start to finish. Trail A is the most popular because of the rock scrambling (which is fun!), but I also really enjoyed Trail C because of how close to the water the trail takes you. It’s also much quieter with fewer people.

Great trial and easy to add to others! Dogs ARE allowed here and there are a lot of them! People are stupid in letting them off leash because it’s gonna ruin it for the rest of us good dog people. This is also a fun trail run location.

I have done B & C several times with my dogs. Go early to avoid all the stupid people who think they know how to “hike”. I have had to render first aid on these trails because people hike in flip flops. Both of my dogs love these trails for rock and creek time. A trail is closed to dogs so I have not done that section. Trails are rocky and well traveled.

Came and did this trail on a week trip from Utah. Pretty easy for anyone in good health and marked very well.

Got there at 7 this morning, only folks there. Great hike, love the rock scrambling. Couldn’t believe how much added debri there is from the flooding...
Saw a ton of deer, a beaver, turtles, salamanders and other fun stuff along the way.... always a good time.

Decent scrambling but very crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

fantastic hike. well marked. lots of side trail options. the fam and I tromped around for about 5 hours. while there were other hikers on the way, most of the day hikers hike along over to the falls then along the C&O Canal towpath. I've never seen so many old oak trees in one area before. really had a great hike.

walking
2 months ago

It’s great there’s a lot to do there’s rides there’s a lot of food and it’s something to do and what’s really cool the boardwalk is right on the beach I like it because there’s things to do popcorn candy cotton candy and all that other stuff try it out you’ll like it thanks

hiking
2 months 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.

Beautiful hike. One area where you are on the cliff is barely your foot’s width and is terrifying if you’re going against the flow of traffic for hiking. But overall the views are breathtaking.

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!

Section A can be challenging since it’s mostly scrambling. I recommend starting at the end near the Visitor Center which will lead you to hiking UP the traverse rather than down.

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