Description: This trail system is regarded as one of the most scenic hikes in the area. 1.5 mile Canyon Loop Trail takes hikers along Muddy Creek Falls, highest in Maryland, Swallow Tails and scenic Swallow Falls as you travel next to the Youghiogheny River. Frequent rock outcroppings with wild rhododendron and mountain laurel are found along the trail. Handicap accessible trail to Muddy Creek Falls is also available. Side trip to Tolliver Falls offers a quieter side to the often crowded park trails.
NOTE: In the fall of 2013 Superstorm Sandy toppled many trees along this scenic hike leaving in its wake lots of deadfall, bent and broken trees. Efforts are underway to restore the scenic beauty of the area but natural regeneration is being allowed in much of the area.
Use: Hiking only. (Caution: Rocks along river are slippery and current of river can be swift)
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate (Some Rocky Terrain)
Directions: Travel 1.5 miles from Route 219, north of Oakland, and turn left (west) on Mayhew Inn Road. Go 1.4 miles and turn left on Bray School Road. Follow this road to the end (1.6 miles) and turn right on Oakland/Sang Run Road. Continue for 1 mile and turn left on Swallow Falls Road. After approximately 1.5 miles, park entrance is on the right.
Directions to the park trailhead on Google Maps