This weekend I spent some time in Deep Creek, Md., relaxing in a beautiful rental house overlooking the water.

I was there for the weekend writing a story for Recreation News, highlighting the area’s off-season activities.

During the stay, we visited Swallow Falls State Park, considered to be one of the most picturesque parks in Maryland. Its Swallow Falls Canyon Trail is a short, relatively easy hike that visits four falls. 

The state’s tallest waterfall, Muddy Creek Falls, stands at 53-feet at the head of a 1 ¼-mile hiking trail. Following the trail along the water will take you to Upper and Lower Swallow Creek Falls, as well as a small, waterfall nestled in among the pines, Tolliver Falls.

Here are some photos from the hike:

 

The entrance to the Swallow Falls Canyon Trail.

The entrance to the Swallow Falls Canyon Trail.

 

Muddy Creek Falls, MD.

Muddy Creek Falls, MD.

In the background, upper Swallow Creek Falls.

In the background, upper Swallow Creek Falls.

Lower Swallow Creek Falls, MD.

Lower Swallow Creek Falls, MD.

Our rental house, Whisper Me Timbers, by Taylor-Made Vacation Rentals.

Our rental house, Whisper Me Timbers, by Taylor-Made Vacation Rentals.

Oh, and me!

Oh, and me!