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 Herrington Manor State Park
About Us:

Herrington 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 Lake House.

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 round.

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, food/drink, full-service camping cabins, hiking, horseback riding, paddleboat rental, picnicking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and swimming.

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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.



Park Admission:

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

Full-Service Cabins:

2-person $80/night
4-person $90/night
6-person $100/night

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)

Sled Rentals

$3/half day (4hrs)
$6/full day(8 hrs)

Basic Cross-Country Skiing Lessons

$5 per person (1/2 hour session)

Visiting the Park:

An 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. DRIVING DIRECTIONS


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.

Local Wildlife:

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.

Handicap Accesibility:

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.

Park Passes:

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.



Herrington Manor State Park
222 Herrington Lane
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone: (301) 334-9180

We are open sunrise to sunset daily.

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