Herrington Manor State Park Quest

Wildflower Wonders

Introduction To Quest

Park Quest teams will traverse a wildflower field and enter into a native hardwood forest. While doing this, they will identify native plants and find out unique uses for each plant. The Lake House at Herrington Manor

Quest Information

Park in the lot across from the Herrington Manor Office (Ranger Station) and sign-in at the bulletin board. There, teams will find directions to the area where the quest can be completed and can pick up a quest sheet if they forgot theirs. The quest sheet will have tools to help identify native plants and then match those up with uses of plants.

Visitors can expect to encounter insects and uneven terrain. Visitors may encounter wildlife including, but not limited to, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, birds, snakes, bears, and insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. Weather can be unpredictable and change with little warning.

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.