Herrington Manor State Park Quest - Into The Forest I Go....

Introduction To Quest

This is a self guided interpretive nature hike along the green trail. The Lake House at Herrington Manor

Quest Information

Using the provided handout, teams will follow the trail stopping at each numbered post where they will learn interesting facts about different trees and plants native to this area, such as how to identify certain trees by their bark, and diseases that can affect them. At certain stops along the way teams will answer questions about trees they have previously seen along the trail. The quest begins at the bulletin board next to the playground and from there follows the green trail, ending back at the same bulletin board.

Park Information

Herrington Manor State Park was named after Abijah Herrington, who built a manor house on the property in the mid-1800’s, which was later purchased by the State in 1935. During this decade, the park was the site of many Federal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work projects. Young men from throughout the State lived at a camp located nearby at present day Swallow Falls State Park. These CCC crews created Herrington Lake, planted trees and constructed ten log cabins and the beach Lake House. The park’s dominant feature is a manmade 53-acre lake, averaging a depth of eight feet. Fed by Herrington Creek, the lake was dammed in the early 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and is now open from dawn till dusk, seven days a week for swimming, fishing and boating.

The park has 20 rustic log cabins available year-round for rent. With a country charm, the cabins provide modern conveniences, such as electric heat, bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchen and furniture. A covered porch with a view of the surrounding woodland, wood-burning fireplace insert and easy access to trails and the lake make them an ideal natural haven.

Herrington Manor State Park
222 Herrington Lane
Oakland, MD 21550

Directions to Herrington Manor State Park

  • From the Baltimore & Washington area: Take Exit 14 onto Rt. 219 South, Keyser’s Ridge. Proceed 19.5 miles, turn right onto Mayhew Inn Rd. Travel 4.5 miles, turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Travel .3 miles, turn right onto Swallow Falls Rd. Proceed 5.8 miles to Herrington Manor State Park.
  • Make a reservation to stay at the park.