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Swallow Falls State Park Quest

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Introduction to the Quest

Muddy Creek FallsQuestors will check in at the Swallow Falls camp office to receive their information. They will be provided with an instruction sheet outlining several destinations along the Canyon Trail. At these locations they will need to read the instructions and provide an answer to a question that they will be able to obtain at the specific site. The list will take them through the entire canyon loop trail so they will see all 4 waterfalls along their way. Once the quest has been completed, they will return to the Camp Office for one of the attendants to review their answers and provide the stamp once everything has been correctly answered.

Question Information

Check in at the Swallow Falls Camp store between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to collect the quest worksheet. Start the quest at the trailhead located in the main parking lot. Start the hike by taking a right at trailhead. Stop at the 5 “PQ” signs along the trail to complete each point. The 1.2 mile trail will loop back to the parking lot. Return to the camp store to get your passport stamped.

There may be slippery and uneven footing along most of the trail. Up-hill and down-hill hiking and stairs required.

This quest is not stroller friendly. Pets are not permitted.

Park Information

This mountain park 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 1.25 mile trail through Swallow Falls guides hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland. This park also features 65 campsites with three full hook up sites and three electric and water sites. Only three miles past Swallow Falls State Park is our sister park Herrington Manor. While you are in the area, take time to visit there as well. Herrington Manor offers 20 full service cabins as well as a 53 acre lake for swimming and boating (electric trolling motors only).

Swallow Falls State Park
2470 Maple Glade Road
Oakland MD 21550
301-334-9180

Directions to Swallow Falls State Park

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.​​​