Swallow Falls' meandering trails guide hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.
Swallow Falls State Park is home to the oldest grove of white pine and eastern hemlock in Maryland, with some trees over 360 years of age. The area is most noted for Muddy Creek Falls; at 53 feet it is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Maryland.
The trail to Swallow Falls and the Muddy Creek Falls Overlook is a very well used trail and utilized $10,900 of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) dollars in 2004 for the purposes of several needed improvements.
In order to make these improvements, the Park enlisted the support of The Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC). The MCC is a highly effective, statewide partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps.
The improvements consisted of three projects:
MCC completed the trail work in 2005 and continues to enhance and improve the trail work as part of their experience. The MCC has earned the reputation of being Maryland's premier environmental youth service program.
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