Location:

​Garrett County

GPS Address:
2470 Maple Glade Road
Oakland MD 21550

 

Mailing Address:
Swallow Falls State Park
c/o Herrington Manor State Park
222 Herrington Lane
Oakland, MD 21550

 

Contact:

​301-387-6938​


Driving Directions:

From Baltimore: 3 ½ hours
From Route 70 west to Hancock, Maryland and Rt. 68. Follow Rt. 68 west to exit 14 at Keysers Ridge and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles past Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 1.3 miles to Swallow Falls State Park, or 4.5 miles further to Herrington Manor State Park.

From Washington: 3 ½ hours
Follow Rt. 270 west to Frederick and Rt. 70. From Route 70 west to Hancock, Maryland and Rt. 68. Follow Rt. 68 west to exit 14 at Keysers Ridge and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles past Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 1.3 miles to Swallow Falls State Park, or 4.5 miles further to Herrington Manor State Park.

From Morgantown, West Virginia: 1 hour
Follow Rt. 68 east to exit 14 and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles past Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 1.3 miles to Swallow Falls State Park, or 4.5 miles further to Herrington Manor State Park.

From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 2 ½ hours
Follow Rt. 79 south to Morgantown, West Virginia and Rt. 68. Follow Rt. 68 east to exit 14 and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles past Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 1.3 miles to Swallow Falls State Park, or 4.5 miles further to Herrington Manor State Park.​


Hours of Operation:

​8 a.m. to Sunset, March-October

10 a.m. to Sunset, November-February

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.


Pet Policy:

  • Pets are prohibited on the 1 1/4 quarter mile trail to see the waterfalls and the day use area from Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
  • Pets are allowed in the campground on a leash.
  • Pets are allowed on the 5.5 mile trail from Swallow Falls to Herrington Manor, outside the day use area.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times and under control.​

Swallow Falls State Park

rock formation at Swallow Falls State ParkThis mountain park is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland's most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The 1 1/4 mile trail through Swallow Falls guides hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.

​The Youghiogheny River and Muddy Creek are white water rivers that contain severe natural hazards, such as waterfalls, violent rapids, swift currents, deep pools, underwater hydraulics, cold water, slippery rocks and rough terrain. Injuries and deaths have occurred in and around these waters. Visitors should be alert for these hazards and EXERCISE CAUTION to protect themselves and any children from potentially life threatening accidents.

Remember, you are responsible for having the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment for a safe and environmentally sensitive visit.

Maryland Green Travel Partner

MGT.JPGMany Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry. These practices include energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation methods.

Click on this link to view the green profile and the list of sustainable practices for Swallow Falls State Park.

OPERATION: CAMPOUT!

It's never too late to discover the joys of sitting around a roaring campfire, roasting marshmallows or sleeping under the stars!

With the new OPERATION: CAMPOUT! Program, we can lend you gear free of charge (includes a tent, chairs, stove, lantern and more). This program is designed for military individuals and military families new to camping or experienced campers stationed or recovering in this area.OPERATION: CAMPOUT! is an opportunity for families to reconnect with each other and the great outdoors in a comfortable, safe and relaxing setting.

Campsites have picnic tables and fire pits. Some sites have electric hook-ups. Restrooms and shower facilities are nearby.

Contact the park office directly by phone to make your reservation. Be sure to let us know you are reserving through OPERATION: CAMPOUT!

Features

Camping: Sixty-five (65) wooded campsites with a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post on a stabilized pad. Three sites have electric and water. All camp sites are located near modern bath houses with hot and cold water. Three of the sites have electric, water and sewer available.

Hiking: The 1 1/4 mile hiking trail through an old growth forest passes by several waterfalls including Muddy Creek Falls, the highest waterfall in Maryland. There is also a 5.5 mile trail between Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor State Park through the Garrett State Forest. The 5.5 mile trail is also accessible for mountain biking.

Picnicking: Picnic area, pavilion, playground, nature programs during the summer, and the wild and scenic Youghiogheny River can all be found at Swallow Falls State Park. Nearby Herrington Manor State Park, four miles south, offers a 53 acre lake with a swimming beach, boat rentals, and a snack bar during the summer season.

Service Charges: The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, as well as weekends in May, September and October $3/person for Maryland residents, $5 for out of state residents. All other times $3/car for Maryland residents, $5/car for out of state residents.

Camping

To make reservations please call 1-888-432-2267.A campsite at Swallow Falls State Park

Sixty-five (65) wooded campsites with a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post on a stabilized pad. All camp sites are located near modern bath houses with hot and cold water. Three of the sites are full hook-up which includes electric, water and sewer. There are also three camper cabins which include electric heat, one double bed, and a bunk bed.

Three youth group sites are available during the camping season. There is an additional charge of $3 per person, per night for groups without a Maryland State Park Youth Group Pass. Information and an application for a youth group pass can be obtained at the park office.

Reservations:

Campsites - Sites are first-come, first serve mid April until the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend; and the Tuesday after Labor Day until mid December. Reservations are strongly recommended Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day by calling 1-888-432-2267 or online at http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us

Camper Cabins - Reservations are required for all three camper cabins from mid April until mid December. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-432-2267 or online at http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us

** All dates and prices subject to change without notice.

Campground rules

There is a two night minimum stay for weekends and a three night minimum stay for holiday weekends.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Campsite occupancy is limited to a maximum of six people, at least one of which must be 18 years of age or older.

The number of tents/trailers permitted on each site depends on the size of the campsite pad. All camping equipment must remain on the campsite pad.

Each campsite is limited to no more than two vehicles. Overflow parking is available nearby. All vehicles must remain on the paved or gravel surface.

Check-in is 3 p.m. Check-in must be done before 10 p.m. Check-out is 12 p.m.

Quiet hours are enforced between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Only self-contained generators are allowed. They may not be operated after 10 p.m.

Visitors must pay the day use entrance service charge and vacate the campground by 10 p.m.

Campfires are permitted in the fire ring only. Please do not leave fires unattended. Firewood is sold at the park. Wood may not be removed from the sensitive management area.

Pets are permitted and must remain on a leash and under control at all times. They are not permitted in the day use area or on the trails between the Saturday before Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Campsite Information

  • Site #1, 18', outer loop
  • Site #2, 30', inner loop
  • Site #3, 18', outer loop
  • Site #4, 27', inner loop (disabled accessible site)
  • Site #5, 30', outer loop
  • Site #6, 36', outer loop
  • Site #7, 30', outer loop
  • Site #8, tent site (no trailers), outer loop
  • Site #9, 30', outer loop
  • Site #10, tent site (no trailers), outer loop
  • Site #11, 30', outer loop
  • Site #12, tent site (no trailers), outer loop
  • Site #13, 30', outer loop
  • Site #14, 16', outer loop
  • Site #15, 30', inner loop
  • Site #16, 16', outer loop
  • Site #17, 12', inner loop
  • Site #18, 16', outer loop
  • Site #19, electric and water, pop ups only
  • Site #20, 16', outer loop
  • Site #21, electric and water, pop ups only
  • Site #22, 20', outer loop
  • Site #23, electric and water, pop ups only
  • Site #24, 20, outer loop
  • Site #25, 20', inner loop
  • Site #26, 16', outer loop
  • Site #27, 30', inner loop
  • Site #28, 16', outer loop
  • Site #29, 16', inner loop
  • Site #30, 16', outer loop
  • Site #31, 16', inner loop
  • Site #32, 20', outer loop
  • Site #33, tent site (no trailers), outer loop
  • Site #34, 16', outer loop
  • Site #35, 30', outer loop
  • Site #36, 12', outer loop
  • Site #37, 24', outer loop
  • Site #38, 12', outer loop
  • Site #39, 16', outer loop
  • Site #40, 24', electric/water/sewer, inner loop
  • Site #41, 16', outer loop
  • Site #42, 20', electric/water/sewer, inner loop
  • Site #42A, 24', electric/water/sewer, inner loop
  • Site #43, 20', outer loop
  • Site #44, 16', inner loop
  • Site #45, 12', outer loop
  • Site #46, tent site (no trailers), inner loop
  • Site #47, 12', outer loop
  • Site #48, 16', inner loop
  • Site #49, tent site (no trailers), outer loop
  • Site #50, tent site (no trailers), inner loop
  • Site #51, 12', outer loop
  • Site #52, 12', inner loop
  • Site #53, 12', outer loop
  • Site #54, camper cabin
  • Site #55, 20', outer loop
  • Site #56, camper cabin
  • Site #57, 12', outer loop
  • Site #58, camper cabin
  • Site #59, 24', outer loop
  • Site #60, 24', inner loop (disabled accessible site)
  • Site #61, 16', outer loop
  • Site #62, 12', inner loop
  • Site #63, 16', outer loop
  • Site #64, 16', outer loop

16' = maximum length of trailer

Inner loop (closer to the bathhouse)

Online Services


Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us