We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Swallow Falls State Park

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 222 Herrington Ln, Oakland, MD 21550-7545
Phone Number:
+1 301-387-6938

State park that has three waterfalls and many hiking trails.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 482 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 367
  • 96
    Very good
  • 13
  • 1
  • 4
Best State Park in Maryland

Swallow Falls State Park is a BEAUTIFUL place!!! We have been there on a few occasions and have always enjoyed it!! There is a hike through a beautiful hemlock forest that goes... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Mike W
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

482 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 481: English reviews
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Swallow Falls State Park is a BEAUTIFUL place!!! We have been there on a few occasions and have always enjoyed it!! There is a hike through a beautiful hemlock forest that goes along side of the Youghiogheny River and Swallow Falls. Plenty of nice places to stop and relax and cool off in the river if you'd like. The trail... More 

Thank Mike W
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
168 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed our hike and seeing the falls. There were two real nice falls😃 Then a small falls and one I wouldn't call a falls. But that is ok. Loved the trees in the woods. Loved the hugest falls😃

Clear Spring, Maryland
Level Contributor
65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The hike is very doable and the scenery is excellent. There are more than one falls so do not stop walking. The highest falls are Muddy Creek and Swallow Falls are at the other end of the trail. The trail loops so you are never truly far from the parking lot. Worth the drive!

Thank jeffsW8210WA
Hurley, New York
Level Contributor
85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

4 different falls can be seen on this 1.25 loop. Paths have steps at times to help with descent and ascent. Any walking ability can do this hike. Lakeside creamery food cart at the end to reward yourself with delicious locally made ice cream. 45 per person charge to get in if not a Garrett County resident.

Thank James C
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
199 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Title says it all. Had a great afternoon exploring the trails, the three water falls, climbing. Nicely shaded and lots of people swimming and enjoying the water. Nowhere to dump garbage once you leave the parking area so bring a bag to carry your trash until you get to a trash can. Be sure to visit their sister park (pricing... More 

Thank Ga8tr
Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
112 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Great place for my photography. A lot of people were swimming, and it looked like fun. Does take some walking to get to, but well worth it.

Thank Lynn A
erie, pa
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This was our first visit and we thought it was great! We hiked the entire loop with a 4 and 7 year old. They did a great job and enjoyed the adventure. There were a couple spots on the trail where you needed to hold their hand but for the most part could do it on their own. The falls... More 

1 Thank payme1397
Lumberton, New Jersey
Level Contributor
27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

First, its important to know, you CANNOT bring dogs and it is not stroller friendly. There is a $5 per person charge during the summer months, $3 pp for in state. The scenery is well worth the hike which I would not consider very strenuous to the average person but we were with someone that had a torn meniscus and... More 

1 Thank Lee Y
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016

There is about a 1 mile trail that takes you past 4 different waterfalls. This is definitely not ADA or stroller friendly, unless you just go to visit Muddy Creek Falls which is definitely the biggest in the park. Wear your bathing suit and creek shoes and be prepared to slip and slide in the water if you like (not... More 

Thank Bettja
Middletown, Maryland, United States
Level Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016

This location is a beautiful 1.25 mile loop. It passes by four waterfalls/river features. Travelers tip: when you enter the loop from the parking lot, go to the right (counter-clockwise). You'll see the largest waterfall last instead of first and that will make all the other waterfalls more majestic as you build to the biggest! Good hike for any age.

3 Thank Hannah F

Travellers who viewed Swallow Falls State Park also viewed

Accident, Garrett County
McHenry, Garrett County

Been to Swallow Falls State Park? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Swallow Falls State Park and other visitors
14 questions
Ask a question
Chantilly, Virginia, United States
over a year ago
2 months ago
6 months ago
8 months ago

See all questions (14)

Questions? Get answers from Swallow Falls State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?