There are a handful of waterfalls in Maryland but the following spot seems to be everyone’s favorite, and for good reason. Swallow Falls State Park has not one, but two grand waterfalls that are connected by a short and scenic trail. We recommend this hike at least once, but you may want to experience it throughout the seasons – especially autumn! Take a look.
Swallow Falls State Park is one of Western Maryland’s best attractions, offering big sights for little effort.
Muddy Creek Falls is a short walk from the parking lot. The views here can be enjoyed by anyone, young or old.
You can even climb the stairs to the top of the falls and admire the view down below. Step back down the stairs and start on a short 1 1/4-mile journey to your next beautiful destination.
The path follows along the Youghiogheny River, lined by trees and rock formations.
Some parts can get a bit bumpy so take your time.
Along the way you’ll spot tiny rapids and falls, keeping the sights interesting and ever-changing.
Finally, you’ll approach Swallow Falls. These falls are smaller than the previous Muddy Creek Falls, but they’re quite impressive up close.
Stand atop Swallow Falls and take in the breathtaking views downriver. Or when the falls are calm enough, some opt to slide down them on a fun ride only nature can provide. Others enjoy wading in the cool waters during summer.
The trail connecting Muddy Creek Falls and Swallow Falls is short but definitely sweet. It’s rare to experience so much natural beautiful in one easy trek. If you’ve got a Maryland bucket list, put this on it!
2470 Maple Glade Rd
Oakland, MD 21550
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