On a rainy weekend in June, my friends and I went camping at Maryland's Swallow Falls State Park. It's very close to Deep Creek, which I've been to multiple times, but I'd never been to Swallow Falls. Now that I've been, I'm disappointed that I hadn't been there sooner. It's very beautiful, with 4 waterfalls on an easy hiking trail. Now if any one mentions they're going to Deep Creek for the weekend, I tell them to take an hour and stop by Swallow Falls.
Most people would be extremely dissapointed if they were camping in the rain, but we had a different experience. We had plenty of tarps and ropes, so we set up our little tent city with a tarp roof system over our picnic tables. During the day it was only a drizzle, but at night, it was a heavy downpour, each night. Thank you Coleman, for a sturdy tent by the way.
While hiking around the falls during the day, it felt like we were walking through a rain forest. I haven't been to the rain forests in the north west US, but I imagine this is what they're like. It was very beautiful, admiring the waterfalls in the mist. While walking along the trails, under the thick tree cover, you couldn't tell if it was raining or not.
We went swimming at the falls pictured above and the first picture below. The water is quite shallow but a little chilly. We were able to walk up to the falls on the right side and popped underneath the falls into a little alcove beneath. The alcove or cave is not very big and it made me a bit claustrophobic with the pounding water right behind me, but it made feel brave for a moment. From the right side, we slowly worked our way to the left, where you can sit down on large rocks, with only 3 inches of water flowing accross the top. The only trouble is fighting the current on the slippery rocks. One slip and you're floating away in the quick current. But we made it and sat down in the white water on the flat rocks and enjoyed the scenery as tourists hiked by taking pictures.
|Swallow Falls, panoramic from the top of the falls|
|Tolliver Falls in Swallow Falls State Park|