Western Maryland Trip: Swallow Falls State Park, Cranesville Bog & Dolly Sods

Date:   6/24 to 6/28     Time:  5PM    Place:  Ag Center in Westminster


Friday, June 24th Saturday, June 25th Sunday, June 26th
5PM Leave Ag Center in Westminster

5:00 – 8:00 Drive to Swallow Falls State Park 173 miles, 3 hours

8:00 – 8:30 Set up camp

8:30 + – Relax

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 Break down camp

9:00 – 11:00 Explore Swallow Falls, hike 1.25 mile Canyon Trail

11:00 – 12:00 Eat lunch at Swallow Falls

12:00 – 12:15 Drive 8 miles, 13 minutes to Cranesville Bog

12:15 – 1:30  Cranesville Bog

1:30 – 3:00 Drive to Red Creek Campground in Dolly Sods

3:00 – 3:30 Set up camp

3:30 – 5:00 Dinner

5:00 + – Relax

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 Break down Camp

9:00 – 2:00 Hike Black Knob Trail TR511, 4.7 miles to Timberline

9:00 – 10:00 Some members will drive to Timberline and hike in to meet thru-hikers

2:00 – 5:30 Drive Home 200 miles, 3 h 30 mins

5:30 HOME!!!


Many options for Dolly Sods camping/ hiking.  Red Creek Campground has vault toilets.  Members of Club who prefer real toilets could stay at Timberline for $25 per person per night – bunk room, not deluxe 🙂

Swallowtail Falls State Park:  This mountain park is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland’s most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park’s borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The 1 1/4 mile trail through Swallow Falls guides hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland and has fossilized trees in overhanging rock slabs.

Cranesville Bog:  Cranesville Swamp is a boreal peat bog relic left behind from the Pleistocene Epoch. The swamp formed 15,000 years ago during the last Ice Age, when glaciers inched close but never reached Maryland. The climate warmed and the glaciers retreated but many of the boreal plants remain to this day. Nestled in a mountain valley bowl known as a frost pocket, colder conditions still prevail enough for plants to whisper of the past. A trail hike through spruce and larch forest reveals the diverse character of the animals and plants that call Cranesville Swamp home.

Dolly Sods:  The 17,371 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Dolly Sods Wilderness contains bog and heath eco-types, more commonly typical to southern Canada. Elevations range from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet.

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