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“Easy Walk in the Woods” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: State park that has three waterfalls and many hiking trails.
Oakland, Maryland
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Easy Walk in the Woods”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is just a great place to spend an hour or so. The falls are wonderful and the forest, even with the damage from Hurricane Sandy is a treasure. From the parking lot, head left to Muddy Creek Falls. This is the highest in MD. You can swim in the pool below. Then head along the creek on the trail. The trail is not for people who don't walk well. Eventually you end up at Swallow Falls, which is really a set of cataracts. Note that the direction of water flow changed from the first set of falls…figure that out. If you continue past Swallow Falls you come to Toliver Falls, which is small and quiet and beautiful. There's a trail to the right that goes back to the parking lot.

Visited August 2013
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Union Bridge, Maryland
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Place to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

This is a great place to visit. It's not a very large place but the two sets of waterfalls that are there are worth it. Come in the summer with your bathing suit and slide in.

Visited October 2013
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141 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Western Maryland Jewel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Non arduous hiking in fall splendor. The falls are not thundering, just picturesque. The trails meander along the river. One of the jarring sights is of the thousands of trees that fell down during the onslaught of hurricane Sandy, which dumped 30" of wet snow and high winds onto the forest, causing immense damage. A pleasant and pleasing encounter with nature awaits.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank BillyKmd
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Just a simple and beautiful place to spend the day. Take food and drinks since you have to hike in. Not a far walk, but water is a good idea in the summer.

Visited August 2013
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South Elgin, Illinois
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Loved all the Falls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

Only stopped for a couple hours on the way home and plan to come back again some day and stay longer. The park is named for Swallow Falls but Muddy Creek Falls is the most beautiful falls in the park. Tolliver Falls is a small falls that has a little pool, but its place in the woods makes it extremely pretty, don't miss it.
There were many trees that were down and it was a sad sight to see but that is what Hurricane Sandy did to the area last year. They are have done alot to clear the paths of the trees and leaving them behind will help provide a place for wildlife and all the little creatures to live while the forest will regrow around them. Also, many states do charge a fee to enter and I have no problem with paying it as it supports the parks.

Visited September 2013
Thank admiralct
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