For Hikers: Swallow Falls State Park in Maryland

2700 Maple Glade Rd., Oakland, Maryland This peaceful woodland park on the rocky banks of the swift-running Youghiogheny River has

Swallow Falls State Park, Maryland

2700 Maple Glade Rd., Oakland, Maryland

This peaceful woodland park on the rocky banks of the swift-running Youghiogheny River has been a longtime favorite with campers. A plaque marks the site where naturalist John Burroughs and inventors Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and Henry Ford camped in 1918.

Hiking trails, which cut through a stand of 300-year-old virgin hemlocks towering above verdant expanses of ferns, mountain laurel, and rhododendrons connect to a system of paths and old logging roads in adjoining Garrett State Forest.

The Canyon Trail, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the state, leads from Swallow Falls to Muddy Creek Falls. Along the rocky ledges are many plant fossils. The highest vertical waterfall in Maryland, with a plunge of over 50 feet, is seen to best advantage from its base or from a popular overlook. In these deep, quiet woodlands the visitor is likely to observe deer, wild turkeys, beavers, black bears, and an occasional fox.

The Youghiogheny River is stocked with trout several times a year.

Open year-round; camping mid.-Apr. – mid-Dec.

www.dnr.md.gov

(301) 334-9180

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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