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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.

Short, steep trail with nice views on top. Very little traffic on the trail today considering it leads directly to a state high point (MD in this case). Very well signed and blazed. Only drawback is that the trail is rather rocky. Be sure to wear a good pair of boots.

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10 days ago

Awesome trail. One of, if not the most beautiful trails we’ve hike on the east coast. And we’ve hiked a lot. Similar to Otter Creek, but not as remote. We only passed two or three small groups. Lots of water crossings, but that was fun. We’re glad the trail isn’t more “domesticated.” Better maintained. As it is It gave us much more of a true nature experience. We saw a mother bear and her cub. We saluted and kept going. Fast.

We had allotted 4 hours and due to all the stream crossings we were behind by about 45 minutes so we decided to hike to the end on the trail and then back to parking via the gravel road. The long uphill hike took about 1-1/2 hours. We arrived precisely 4 hours after our start. If you can’t do the whole trail, at least drive down the road to near the end to some pullouts. The most awesome falls are down there. Loved it and we’ll return.

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13 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.

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16 days ago

Great trail! Two waterfalls, two suspension bridges and lots of stream crossings. You will get wet.

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17 days ago

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

Wow. This trail could be something really special. First, it is easy to access. And, it follows a stream, so the elevation changes are minimal. It’s mostly treed, too, which is perfect in the summer.

What’s missing, you ask? Oh my gosh. Bridges. There are so many stream crossings. A few have good bridges or wooden planks. The rest, you are on your own trying to step onto slippery wood or rocks. We had to make our own bridge from a fallen tree on one crossing. Another we had to take our boots off to cross. This state park could do a lot better trail maintenance. My husband and I are young and in shape, but we agreed that several people probably get hurt at crossings each year.

I would recommend this hike in the late summer or fall when the water levels are lower. Or hiking in your water shoes!!

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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
2 months ago

beautiful scenery

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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.

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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.

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!

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4 months ago

Loved this trail. Just hiked this last weekend for my first high point hike. Trail was well marked on trees. Beautiful view at the top with a registry which I loved. The trail is still pretty wet from the snow. Little Rocky on the first part of the trail.

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!

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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.

Easy nice walk. Beautiful evergreens.

Great trail. Scenic.

superb hike! wish it was longer.

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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.

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11 months ago

Went midday Monday so no-one on trail. Trail was a little hard to follow at times, just keep your eye on your white markings. I only went to the waterfall and came back, did it in an hour. Three small streams to cross, used rocks and logs to get over. saw a couple deer running and jumping through. Good hike and would like to go back and finish it.

11 months ago

Started from the bottom now we're here

We started at parking lot at the north branch end and walked uphill. Good mix of slippery rocks, roots, and flat easy trail. many picture opportunities. We also hiked the short distance from the lower lot(appx. 300yds) potomac overlook trail to overlook of river.

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11 months ago

Great, close to the lake, interesting trail.

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11 months ago

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

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

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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!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Good trail, challenging and interesting terrain with a beautiful waterfall and swimhole on the run. Getting down to the river also offers majestic views and more opportunities for swimming and bouldering. This is the best hikes get in Maryland!

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful views the entire trail!

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