Manor State Park was named after Abijah Herrington, who built
a manor house on the property in the mid-1800s, which was
later purchased by the State in 1935. During this decade,
the park was the site of many Federal Civilian Conservation
Corps (C.C.C.) work projects. Young men from throughout the
State lived at a camp located nearby at present day Swallow
Falls State Park. These C.C.C. crews created Herrington Lake,
planted trees and constructed ten log cabins and the beach
Located within Garrett State Forest, the park features a
53-acre lake that was formed by damming Herrington Creek in
the 1930's with the aid of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Past the dam, Herrington Creek flows eastward to join the
Youghiogheny River and drainage from both Swallow Falls and
Deep Creek Lake.
View from near boat launch
Herrington Manor was designed as a state park in 1964, and
encompasses 365 acres. The park offers swimming, boating in
rowboats, canoes and paddle boats, picnicking, hiking, tennis,
volleyball and 20 furnished log cabins for rental use year
Interpretive programs are scheduled during the summer; and
popular special events such as maple syrup demonstrations
and apple butter making are held throughout the year.
The park grounds offer opportunities for ATVs, biking,
boat launching, boat rental, fishing,
camping cabins, hiking,
riding, paddleboat rental, picnicking,
View from Herrington Dam
Much to See
Herrington Manor State Park is popular not only for its natural
wonder and beauty but for its picnic
areas, full-service cabins, and five-and-a-half mile trail through the
Garrett State Forest that connects the park with nearby Swallow
Falls State Park. It is hard to hike the canyon trail without
imagining the sounds that echoed forth from the sawmill that
once sat atop Muddy Creek.
Memorial Day-Labor Day $2/person;
Labor Day-Memorial Day $2/vehicle;
Ski season weekends and holidays $3/person.
Out-of-state residents add $1
Picnic Shelters: (70 capacity)
Ski and Snowshoe Rentals
(Boots range from child size 10 to men's 13)
$13/half day (4 hrs)
$15/full day (8 hrs)
$25/two days (cabin guests only)
$3/half day (4hrs)
$6/full day(8 hrs)
Basic Cross-Country Skiing Lessons
$5 per person (1/2 hour session)
Visiting the Park:
office is loacted inside the park for check-in and other park
business. If you need emergency assistance, call the Forest
and Park Service communication center at 410-461-0051 or dial
911. General park information can be obtained at 301-334-9180.
Pets are not allowed in the day use area from the Saturday
before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Pets are permitted
in the surrounding areas of Potomac/Garrett State Forests.
During the off-season pets are allowed in the day use areas
as long as they are leashed. Pets are NOT allowed in the cabins.
Forest wildlife species, such as black bear, wild turkey,
bobcat and white-tailed deer have grown in numbers over the
past decades as habitat has improved and wildlife management
tools have been successful. Evidence of the activities of
small mammals such as squirrel, chipmunk, raccoon, skunk and
opossum, are frequently seen.
Herrington Manor's diverse habitat of woodlands and wetlands
supports an abundance of wildlife, including wild turkey,
white-tailed deer, fox and black bears. Notice fallen trees
along the lake's shoreline which is evidence of beaver activity.
Pick up your birder's checklist at the park visitor center.
Look for songbirds and migratory waterfowl, such as teal,
buffleheads, grebes, loons, scaup and mergansers diving and
bobbing on the lake. Osprey fly over the park on a regular
basis. Look for rectangular holes pecked in trees, the signature
of the pileated woodpecker.
A spring walk through the park's eastern hardwood forest will
reveal flowering plants such as saxifrage, rue and wood anemone,
spring beauty, may apple and many violet species. Summer brings
milkweeds, spiderwort, mints, butterfly weed and dog bane
to the roadsides and meadows. Ironweed, asters and goldenrod
varieties brighten the fields in the fall. A native butterfly
habitat area is maintained in a field near the dam.
Herrington Manor State Park offers two accessible cabins,
a visitors' center, concession stand and picnic sites, a path
to the swimming beach, and a fishing pier.
The State Forest and Park Service offers four different kinds of park passes. Select the pass that best meets your needs and link to the appropriate application that can be downloaded and mailed to the State Forest and Park Service for your convenience.
Park passes provide substantial discounts for admission and services at all Maryland State parks.
- All Season Pass -- Entitles free day-use entry, for everyone in the vehicle, to Maryland's state forests and parks; free boat launching; and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals.
- Youth Group Pass -- Entitles youth groups free day use admittance to Maryland State Parks and free camping in those parks that have designated "Youth Group" areas subject to site availability. This pass is not valid for day use entry on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- Golden Age Pass -- Entitles adults, ages 62 and older, free entry (cardholders only) to all State Parks that charge service fees. The pass is also valid for half price camping Sunday through Thursday.
- Access Maryland Pass -- Entitles free lifetime entry to State Parks for individuals with disabilities.