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Quiet Solitude at Herrington Manor State Park
Copyright: - Maryland State Forest and Park Service
Quiet Solitude at Herrington Manor State Park
Description - Located within Garrett State Forest in Garrett County, Herrington Manor State Park's development began in the 1930s with the aid of the Civilian Conservation Corps. A 53-acre lake was formed by damming Herrington Creek, and ten cabins were erected on a wooded knoll above the lake. Herrington Manor was designed as a state park in 1964, and encompasses 365 acres.

Attractions - Herrington Manor State Park offers swimming, boating in rowboats, canoes, paddleboats and aquacycles, 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, apple butter making and cross-country ski races are held throughout the year.

Behind the park office, evidence of the park's name sake still exists. Also, inside the park office, exhibits chronicle the park's Civilian Conservation Corps roots.

Pets are not permitted in the park Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Recreation - The park offers a variety of woodland experiences ranging from hiking and cross-country skiing, to fishing and paddleboating. Developed activities include tennis, volleyball, and picnicking. The Nature Tourism activities at the park vary, so call for details. Presently, horseback riding expeditions are scheduled. A visitor center, concession, swimming beach, and fishing pier are handicapped accessible.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - The park is located in the far western area of the state about five miles northwest of Oakland. The West Virginia state line is a short distance away.

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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed at Herrington Manor in the cabins last summer and will do so again this summer. With two young kids (1 and 3) it is ideal. The cabins are basic and clean (who needs a tv or telephone on holiday?!) and the lake is low key (no motor boats). The trail system is great for running and taking the kids on walks (all trails at Herrington Manor are maintained for cross country skiing and are in GREAT shape). Lots of other hiking in the area. Swallow Falls is fun. Can't say enough of how much we enjoy it!!! We will keep coming back for years.

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

Additional Information:
Maryland Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from large reservoirs to small mountain and coastal lakes. The lakes are often part of the state parks.
Maryland State Parks - Maryland State Forest and Park Service offers 47 state parks with recreational opportunities offered for all ages. From the forested regions to where land meets sea, Maryland's public parcels provide recreation, relaxation, and education. Many facilities possess barrier-free design.
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