Situated on the West Bank of the Youghiogheny River, Swallow Falls State Park is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream, showcasing Maryland's 53-foot Muddy Creek Falls, the highest free-falling waterfall in Maryland, and hemlock trees dating back more than 300 years. The public recreation area located in Garrett County, Maryland is a must see for your next RV excursion. Outdoor activities are endless in this natural paradise. Biking, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing are some of the wide variety of adventures that await you at Swallow Falls State Park.
The breathtaking views of Muddy Creek Falls are spectacular, crashing down at 53 feet. The river air will delight you while you enjoy the rocky gorges, sensational rippling rapids, and dominating hemlock trees. History enthusiasts will enjoy reading about Henry Ford’s, Thomas Edison’s, and Harvey Firestone's adventures when they camped here for two weeks in August 1918.
After you have parked your camper at Swallow Falls State Park, you are free to roam along the one-and-a-quarter-mile trail that takes you through Swallow Falls. This trail offers all the spectacular scenery Western Maryland has to offer. For mountain bike enthusiasts, set your eyes on the five-and-a-half-mile trail that sits between Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor State Park. Swallow Falls State Park is a great destination any time of the year, offering those sunny summer days and cool, brisk winters. While the park is open year round, camping is available mid-April until mid-December, with the camping peak season being Memorial Day through Labor Day.
RV Rentals in Swallow Falls State Park
Transportation in Swallow Falls State Park
Swallow Falls State Park is easily accessible by RV or car, as it is nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland, off of Mayhew Inn Road and Oakland Sang Run Road. Local roads will take you throughout the park, from the Ranger Station to the campground, and into nearby Herrington Manor State Park. With no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers inside the park, you will be able to easily maneuver around in your rig or another vehicle.
Parking is plentiful for RVs and trailers, with access to the day use area, picnic and pavilion areas, near Deep Creek Lake Power Plant, along the trails, and at Sang Run Bridge. You are also able to park at the campground should you be staying the night.
Campgrounds and parking in Swallow Falls State Park
Campsites in Swallow Falls State Park
Swallow Falls State Park Campground
Swallow Falls State Park offers 65 pet-friendly campsites for tent use and RVs. From Memorial Day weekend up to Labor Day reservations are highly recommended. Campsites are divided into an outer loop, inner loop, tent sites, electric sites, and water sites. Some campsites offer full hookups, while others feature water and electric hookups only. Amenities at this campground include a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post on a stabilized pad. Hiking trails and bathhouses with hot and cold water are located nearby. Generators are allowed at this campsite and quiet hours are during the night, in which only self-contained generators are able to be used as long as they do not disturb others. The length of each site varies, although some can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 30 feet long. There is a two night minimum for weekends and a three-night minimum stay on holiday weekends.
If you prefer to stay in a cozy cabin, Swallow Falls State Park offers three camper cabins that include a bunk bed, one double bed, mini fridge, and electric heat. From mid-April, until mid-December, reservations are required. The cabins are pet-friendly and feature fire pits and picnic tables. You’ll enjoy the privacy of the cabin, as you relax under the shady trees of the woodlands.
Youth Group Camping
For youth groups, there are three youth group sites for you to rent during the camping season. Nightly service charges are applicable and an unexpired Maryland DNR Youth Group pass is needed for you to reserve a Youth Group Camping Area. The Youth Group campsites are pet-friendly and offer picnic tables and a fire pit. A maximum of 25 people can stay at each site.
Swallow Falls State Park Campground
From mid-April to late May and early September to mid-December, the campsites at Swallow Falls State Park are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll still have access to all the amenities of the campground including a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post. You’ll be within walking distance to the nature trails and the beautiful views of the enchanting waters of the park.
Seasonal activities in Swallow Falls State Park
Pack that great pair of hiking boots you just purchased so that you can enjoy the two hiking trails at Swallow Falls State Park. A one-and-a-quarter-mile hiking trail that goes through an old growth forest takes you by numerous waterfalls including the highest one in Maryland, Muddy Creek Falls. Another trail for hiking can be found between Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor State Park. This five-and-a-half-mile trail also goes into Garrett State Forest. Pets are allowed on trails that are connected to the state forest.
Swallow Falls State Park is an awesome place to bring your bike and head out for some mountain biking adventure. Park your RV and head to the five-and-a-half-mile trail that lies between Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor State Park. Be sure to take in the breathtaking scenery along the way.
The Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area starts at the Dry Creek Lake Power Plant, ending at the Sang Run Bridge. This four-mile area is cooled by the power plant in the critical summertime so that the trout stay accumulated to cold water. Be sure to check the river conditions before heading out of your RV since the river can rise quickly when this cooling releases. Low to moderate gradient, deep pools, shallow riffles, and long runs are located along these four miles. To add to the area's beauty, the stream is made of cobble, limestone rock, and boulders. You’ll have the chance to bait your hook and catch brown and rainbow trout. Smallmouth bass can also be found here, and they can give you a run for your money when captured using light trout tackle. This beautiful river flows south to north and is a unique spot for fishing during your RV road trip to Maryland.
Grab a bite to eat at the picnic or pavilion area while playing at the playground during your RV trip to Swallow Falls State Park. If you prefer more amenities visit four miles south to Herrington Manor State Park where they offer a swimming beach area with a 53-acre lake. If you want to go out and enjoy the scenery and relax on the lake consider renting a boat. Should you need a snack, visit the snack bar and grab a cold drink.
Even during the off-season, Swallow Falls State Park is a prime spot for nature photography, so make sure to pack your camera in your trailer. Muddy Creek Falls is an excellent spot to capture amazing shots of the water that cascades down at 53 feet high. Tolliver Falls is another beautiful natural phenomena you’ll want to capture on film. This smaller waterfall features an enchanting view of free-falling water that flows down layers of rock.
If you take an RV excursion to Swallow Falls State Park during the winter you’ll want to bring your snowshoes. You’ll love trekking out into the freshly fallen snow and exploring the gorgeous waterfall-lined trails on snowshoes. Snow-capped forest and frozen waters will surround you as you soak in the serenity of this winter wonderland from your snowshoes.