Swallow Falls State Park

Muddy Creek FallsReservations

Contact: 301-387-6938​​

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

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

This 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 S​wallow Falls guides hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.


​Famous Travellers

Sign marking site of famous travellers camp groundFamous Travelers is a series of articles by Francis Champ Zumbrun covering a time in the summer of 1921, when Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone camped for two weeks in western Maryland. The vagabonds was a term the wealthy captains of industry called themselves when camping together. From their camp at “Camp Harding” along Licking Creek, about 6 miles east of Hancock, they traveled to present day Swallow Falls State Park where they camped from July 27 to July 31. Read more....

“Every man in his heart revolts at civilization and will revert back to [nature] if given half a chance…We don’t live long enough to find out what life is all about, but we know what civilization is - it is a mere veneer that keeps on getting thicker, but never too thick to pierce…It will be 15,000 years I think, before man will reach such a high point of civilization where he cannot and will not want to go back to [reconnect with nature].” - Thomas Edison at Muddy Creek Falls, Maryland. July 1921