The breathtaking Swallow Falls State park is a public recreation area that is located on the west bank of the Youghiogheny River. It is nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland. The state park features Maryland’s highest free-falling waterfall, the 53-foot Muddy Creek Falls. Additionally, the park is home to smaller waterfalls on the Youghiogheny River and Tolivar Creek.
In the past few weeks, my partner and I have ventured to this location. Each time, we have hiked further and further. Only one part of the trail is handicap friendly (not pictured in this set of photos) and allows one a beautiful view of the Muddy Creek Falls. The pictures below are of a different section that is not handicap friendly.
It is not recommended to swim in these waters. Doing so is at your own risk. The woman at the parking booth told us the story of an individual that had to be emergency evacuated because they ended up with a fishing rod through their foot. My partner and I kept ourselves to the rocks.
There was a parking fee. For state residents, it was a cheaper fee. I had no problem paying the $5 or so parking fee as an out of state resident. The pass allows you to park at another park, Herrington Manor, down the road a few miles.
There are decent restrooms at this location. There is a nice covered picnic area located close to the parking spots. There is even a small ice cream shop! Everyone is super friendly.
I could go on and on about this place. I can not wait to go back again and again. It is gorgeous. There is no cell phone service. You are at peace with nature. It is glorious.