The best camping near Swallow Falls State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Swallow Falls State Park adventure.

The best camping near Swallow Falls State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Swallow Falls State Park adventure.

Camping near Swallow Falls State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Swallow Falls State Park adventure.

Waterfalls and whitewater rapids lie along the wild Youghiogheny River in this Maryland park.  

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Abrams Creek Campground/Retreat

25 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Mt. Storm, WV
Abrams Creek is like camping in a nature preserve, rather than in a commercial campground.  On our campground, there are no generators, loud electronics, or other things that would distract from appreciating the sights and sounds of this pristine natural environment.   And this is always a great place to beat the heat! We have a mountain climate; the peak temperature most days in the summer is in the high 70's or very low 80's, and at night, temperatures go down to about 60.  You'll be breathing cool, clean, fresh mountain air all day long! Hot showers are included, and all sanitary facilities are *sterilized* between guests.  We have taken every measure to safeguard your health! We are located in the mountainous Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia. Our vision is an environmentally conscious, eco-friendly campground developed in harmony with nature. We are not only a business, but also serve as an anchor for others who want to live more simply and close to the earth. The concept of rural revitalization means reinventing rural life so that it is economically sound, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally satisfying. Ask any of our staff if you would like to learn more about this!
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Brooklyn Heights Riverfront Camp

31 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents35 acres · Parsons, WV
Welcome to the enchanting Brooklyn Heights Riverfront Campground, a pristine natural paradise nestled nearby the Monongahela National Forest and graced by the stunning Dry Fork River. Since our grand opening in July 2022, we've been welcoming guests year-round to explore and enjoy our 35 acres of unspoiled wilderness forest, complete with winding trails and a captivating 2100 feet of riverfront. Our diverse accommodations cater to all outdoor enthusiasts. Choose from 15 camping sites, each equipped with fire pits and slabwood benches amidst ample parking. For those seeking a rustic retreat, our 5 primitive shelter cabin sites feature cozy 10x12 lofted barn cabins, securely lockable with your padlock. RV adventurers are welcome too, with 10 picturesque near riverside spots (best suited for towed RVs up to 30 feet). Four of these provide full electric and water hook-ups, while the other six offer a serene boon-docking experience. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nearly 4 miles of wilderness riverfront, situated on a breathtaking road leading to the charming town of Parsons, WV - the heart of Tucker County and gateway to Thomas, Davis, and Canaan Valley. Your adventure starts here: kayak down the merging Dry Fork and Black Fork Rivers, stroll over to the nearby Hendricks via a charming cable suspension bridge, or explore the Fernow Experimental Forest, just a mile downstream. The surrounding Monongahela National Forest awaits with its vast, unlogged forests. Thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike will find no shortage of activities. From waterfall explorations, creek adventures, and fishing to kayaking, tubing, and hiking, there's something for everyone. Don't forget to bring your bikes, kayaks, tubes, roller blades, snorkels, goggles, and river shoes for an unforgettable outdoor experience! Our camp provides spring water spigots for general use, an office cabin with electric charging access, and clean porta-potties. Wi-Fi is available near the office cabin (password: campground19). The lovely town of Parsons, with all its conveniences, is just a 4-mile drive away. For a seamless experience, we offer online booking and self-check-in, with check-in starting at noon and designated parking spots for each campsite. Join us at Brooklyn Heights Riverfront Campground for a stay that promises tranquility, adventure, and a connection with nature like no other.
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Apple Blossom Camp

3 sites · Tents8 acres · Accident, MD
This little 8 acres of quiet and peaceful land is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Whether you're here to kayak on the Youghiogheny River (put-in right around the corner), hike at the many state parks (Sang Run Sate Park 5 min away), or just getting away from it all - Apple Blossom Camp is the perfect place. Come see us! Apple Blossom Campsite is on 8 acres of quiet and private land with stunning views. Each camp site offers a picnic table, fire ring with grill.  There is a port-a-potty on site. Above the campsite, you'll find a beautiful area with lights in the trees, a picnic table, and propane grill. A great spot to hang out and enjoy nature! The campsite is located in a field surrounded by woods on either side of our property. It is a beautiful and serene area with an abundance of wildlife roaming through the property at any given time We are located just a couple of miles from both Deep Creek Lake and the Wisp Resort. Youghiogheny River put-in is less than 5 minutes away, along with Sang Run State Park and the historic Friend's Store There is an abundance of hiking, fishing, kayaking, boating, and more within minutes of the camp site. It's a wonderful place for exploration or to just kick back and relax!
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Possum Tail Farm

3 sites · RVs, Tents150 acres · Terra Alta, WV
We began operating our 150 acre farm in 2011 and became the first Certified Naturally Grown Livestock farm in West Virginia in 2013. We raise 100% grass-fed beef, Western and Chinese medicinal herbs. Our family garden supplies more than half of our vegetables and our favorite berries, and our flock of chickens supply eggs and an early morning wake-up call for our campers! There are no GMO's, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides used on our farm. We are 3 miles from Terra Alta, a rural town with a locally owned restaurant and a local craft beer brewery featuring an exciting rotating cast of food trucks. We are 20 minutes from Swallow Falls State Park (MD), featuring Muddy Creek Falls, awesome river swimming and gorgeous hiking in an old growth Hemlock forest.  We are also 20 minutes from Herrington Manor State Park (MD) were there is a lake for swimming, fishing, and canoeing.  Cathedral State Park (WV) a virgin Hemlock forest with 400 year old trees about 45 minutes away.  Deep Creek Lake (MD) is 40 minutes away and offers motor boat rentals, Golf, Skiing and swimming. There is skiing, hiking, biking, tubing, rafting, kayaking and much more to explore within 40 minutes of our farm. The best white water rafting on the east coast is 20-40 minutes away.Farm products are available for purchase on-site. Campers can choose to to have a farm to table meal cooked for them as an extra at checkout. We prepare most of our food from scratch using local produce, meat and bulk organic dry goods. We occasionally make yogurts, noodles, simple cheeses, and fermented foods.We welcome campers of all kinds!
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River House Campground

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Rowlesburg, WV
We have 14 campsites along Cheat River. One of our accommodations is a small caboose! Fire rings, picnic tables, tent pads. New Bathhouse and Lounge available 24-7 exclusively for our guests. The campground is adjacent to our Lodge and boat rental businesses. Two state parks are within 25 miles—Blackwater Falls and Canaan.
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Bear Run Farms

3 sites · Lodging, Tents130 acres · Mount Storm, WV
We recently received a 2024 GLAMPY Award and we're ranked 3rd Best camping and glamping destination in the USA!! Our property features a pristine private blue water lake with a glamping cabin available lakeside, overlooking the water as well as many forested and lakeside tent and RV sites available as well. There is an abundance of local hiking trails, some with waterfalls, scenic train rides, 3 large lakes within 40 min for boating and fishing, horseback riding nearby, or just take in the relaxing natural beauty of our sites and immerse yourself in nature! Farm fresh eggs available! Fresh linens and towels provided in cabins!
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Camping At The Creek.

9 sites · RVs2 acres · Bruceton Mills, WV
Located 2.5 miles off of I-68 Bruceton Mills Exit #23. Three full hook up RV sites. 30A, or 50A Electric, Water, Sewage. RV’s only. (Only 1 RV per site.) Site size 24’ x 72' Back in only. Maximum of 8 people per site. No Bathroom, or shower facilities onsite. Fire pit rings on all sites. Picnic tables on all sites. Campfire wood onsite available for purchase. Onsite Playground. Access from campsite to Big Sandy Creek. Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing with proper state licensing. Kayak and Canoe rental in the town of Bruceton Mills, WV. on Big Sandy Creek. 5 minutes away. (Not affiliated with Camping at the Creek.) Approx. 20 Minutes to Youghiogheny River and Lake. Approx. 20 Minutes to Cheat River. White Water Rafting, Kayaking Canoeing, Hiking. Approx. 30 Minutes to Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands. Approx. 30 Minutes to Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania. Hiking, Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Mountain Biking. Allegany Rail Trail System. Approx. 30 Minutes to Deep Creek Lake in Western MD. Approx. 30 Minutes to Western MD Rail trails. Approx. 15 Minutes to Coopers Rock State Park. Approx. 20 Minutes to Cheat Lake. Approx. 15 Minutes to Forbes State Forest in Pennsylvania.
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Sleepy Hollow Campground

22 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Grantsville, MD
This property and farm has been in our family for 3 generations. In 1964 my grandfather started the campground due to limited camping at New Germany. My father tells stories of it being filled with guests all summer long! Over the years there was few upgrades and now it's in need of a facelift. Landscaping, electric upgrades and bathhouse remodels were completed Spring 2021. We will continue to renovate in phases it's been a labor of love, but you can still see the beauty of this rural location and enjoy the peace and quiet. Hope you enjoy your stay. Lots of trees, shade and nature. It's located near New Germany State Park, 1.5 miles by car, less than a mile by foot. The state park has a lake and hiking trails. Garrett County has so much to offer, waterfalls, lakes, hiking, skiing, Amish gifts, history, fresh air, beautiful scenery. The campground was first started in 1964 by my grandparents, we are currently completing renovations in phases.
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Cooper's Whitewater Hideout

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres · Bruceton Mills, WV
This special and hidden place is the perfect hideaway along the West Virginia border with Maryland, just 15 minutes from Morgantown. It is perfect for anyone looking to fish, paddle, ski, hike, hunt, etc. . . and just get away from it all! This land has been developed for easy access and insulated serenity. The property is within a gated development with plentiful waterfront access along Laurel Run and Big Sandy Creek (multiple community parks exist including a waterfall hike to Wonder Falls). The strong 5G cell coverage here is great for hot-spotting. There are more than 20,000 acres of public lands within minutes of this campsite, come check this place out and enjoy a campfire away from it all! For River Runners: This site is within 5 minutes to the Lower Big Sandy, 30 minutes to the Cheat, 30 minutes to the Upper Yough, and 45 minutes to the Lower Yough. Also check out Highwater Hobbies in Bruceton Mills for all your gear needs: https://www.highwaterhobbies.com/ For Hikers: the gates of this development are located along the Allegheny Trail for more information see https://www.hikethealleghenytrail.org/
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Red Run Cabin

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Oakland, MD
Our cabin is located on Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland where most of land is either State parks or forests because of its natural beauty and recreational value.  The area is an all season resort where you can enjoy the lake and beach as well as various outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, sail boarding, hiking, and horseback riding most of the year.  In winter with up to 100 inches of snow, you can ski, snow board, and tube at the near by Wisp Ski Resort or cross country ski at several State parks managed for it during winter.  The fall is celebrated for the color change of the trees by the Fall Fest in mid October.Learn more about this land:Private on acre lot with lake views and on site access to the lake and beach. State parks and forests nearby with access to wilderness areas and many activities. Wisp ski area and Adventure Sports Center - down hill and cross country skiing.
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Wild Yough Glamping Huts

4 sites · Lodging350 acres · Oakland, MD
Wild Yough is located in Southern Garrett County, Maryland very close to Herrington Manor State Park, Swallows Falls State Park, and the quaint mountain village of Oakland. The property adjoins thousands of acres of Garrett State Forest and hundreds of acres of state land along the Youghiogheny River. The world class Wisp resort and Deep Creek Lake are only minutes away. “Yough” is short for Youghiogheny River a state designated wild and scenic river which runs through the heart of the property. Wild Yough Glamping huts are part of more than 350 acres of private land, most of which is crisscrossed with hiking and biking trails. Youghiogheny is an Algonquin word meaning “a stream flowing in a contrary direction”, or in the case of the Yough, North toward Ohio Pyle and Pittsburgh. This section of the river is designated as a protected scenic corridor and you will feel the quiet isolation when sitting on the Crooked Butt Bench overlooking the big horseshoe bend in the river at the far back corner of our property. And if the river is low during your visit, feel free to wade across to the other side – Wild Yough owns the entire peninsula of land on the other side of the river and this is also bordered by State land.The river banks are steep on the property, but the fishing for small mouth bass is exceptional. There is a small turn around on the path just beyond Crooked Butt Bench where you can take out your canoe, kayak, or inner tubes after floating the 2+ miles from the Oakland bridge. Just be prepared to walk your water craft back up to the house or Glamping site as there is no motorized access to the river.If you like to lay on the rocks in the sun or take the kids for some wading in the river, the best place is the farthest to walk to. Take the trail to “High Bluff”, then cross the Snyder property line (Permission for trail access only – do not leave trail!), then descend down and cross the bridge across Herrington Manor Creek (a stocked trout stream!). Wild Yough property is to your right along the river and there is a great place for lying in the sun, doing some fishing, or just wading into the cool waters of the Yough on a hot summer day.Learn more about this land:The idea is simple- our glamping site will offer a true camping experience without all the hassles and fuss. With 350 acres of private ground, adjacent to thousands of acres of state park and forest, Wild Yough offers plenty of space to spread out, stretch your legs, watch the deer, and howl with the coyotes. You won’t be packed into a row of RV’s or tents where you can hear your neighbor snoring. You won’t have to set up camp in the rain. And you’ll never have to sleep on the ground! You’ll have your own heated hut, warm soft bed, and private space for long evenings around the campfire. And our bathhouse and pavilion facilities are designed with comfort, cleanliness and relaxation in mind. Oh yeah… large field for enjoying lawn games or just relaxing quietly under an endless blanket of evening stars.Each hut is furnished with a double bed, additional seating/pullout bed, cabin cooking center with stove, dining table, LED lighting, and a propane heater. Outside, each hut has comfortable chairs on the porch, a large picnic table, and a fire-ring/cooking grill with extra seating. And all this is just a short walk to the bath house and paviliion! Our bathhouse is designed to bring you all of the comforts of home, with modern, comfortable features which include full size showers, plenty of counter space, professional ventilation, and regular maintenance by our partners at Offlake Rentals. Additionally, we have outside water facilities and separate, deep sinks for washing dishes. The adjacent pavilion area is furnished with comfortable lounge furniture and picnic tables, making it the perfect place to socialize with your fellow Glampers or host a pot-luck meal with a large group.Here’s what else you will find at the bathhouse and pavilion:– Outside spigot and hose for quick cleanup (also great for doggie washing)– Sockets for charging mobile phones and laptops (leave property at your own risk)– Take one leave one book and magazine library– Selection of board games and outdoor activities– Information on the area and suggested must see and do activities
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EarthSky Private Camp & Retreat

6 sites · RVs, Tents16 acres · Philippi, WV
Hello Campers & Glampers! Our property is 16.5 acres, two of which are along the Tygart Valley River and the rest are within forest canopy on the mountainside. We are in the low foothills of the Appalachia. We have 4 riverfront sites and we are continually changing our space around This year we will be adding a tiny house on site 4 and a sweatlodge with soaking pool on Site 1 additional camping spots along the property near outhouse Each site is equipped with a steel fire pit/grill and a picnic table. We have been busy building hiking trails and more primitive campsites on the 14.5 acres on the hillside across the road from the riverfront for all to enjoy. Step outside your tent and enjoy natures bounty —outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching are all at your fingertips and much more. There are 300+ acres of public land less than one mile away with miles of ATV and hiking trails and stocked ponds. If you're a fan of waterfalls just 4 miles down river is Arden Falls, one of our areas best kept secrets. The Tygart Valley River is one of the top kayaking rivers in the country. Audra State Park is less than 20 minutes away with lush forest trails with caves to explore. Well known hiking trails such as Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, and the Dolly Sods are all within an hour drive. Go to Nelson Rocks for the ultimate climbing experience on the Via Ferrata. We are the perfect place to come to explore the wild beauty of West Virginia without the crowds. A hidden gem!
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The best camping near Swallow Falls State Park guide

Overview

About

Visitors to Swallow Falls State Park make a beeline for its three waterfalls, and it’s not hard to see why. The 54-foot Muddy Creek Falls is a thundering explosion of water that makes for impressive views—and photos—while the Upper and Lower Swallow Falls cascade over scenic rocky ridges, framed by tall hemlocks. Daredevils can get their adrenaline fix whitewater rafting along the Youghiogheny River, but there are lower-octane activities to enjoy too. Hike or mountain bike along several miles of forest trails, enjoy catch-and-release trout fishing, then overnight at a tree-shaded campsite or camper cabin at Swallow Falls State Campground

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve 65 campsites and three cabins via the Maryland State Parks website. A minimum 2-night stay applies on weekends (three nights over holiday weekends).
  2. Sites can only be reserved from the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend until the Tuesday after Labor Day. Outside of these times, they are only available on a first-come, first-served basis, except for the three full hookup sites (40, 42, and 42A) which must always be reserved in advance. 
  3. Campsite reservations open 365 days in advance. 
  4. Campsites can book up fast, especially for holiday weekends; aim to book at least three months in advance, or at least six months for cabins and full hookup sites.

When to go

Swallow Falls State Park is open year-round, but activities are seasonal. Whitewater rafting season typically runs from April through October, while the state campground is open from mid-April through mid-December (although bookable periods vary; see above). Peak season runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, when an early arrival is recommended to secure parking and picnic spots.

Know before you go

  • Swallow Falls State Park is about a one-hour drive from Morgantown.
  • Day-use fees apply for all Maryland State Parks, as do campsite booking fees. Fees are per-person from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and per-vehicle the rest of the year. 
  • Facilities include restrooms, picnic areas, and bike rentals. Cell phone service is unreliable throughout the park. 
  • Black bears are present at Swallow Falls State Park, so keep food and garbage secure in camping and day-use areas, and follow the park’s bear safety guidelines.

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