Park Quest 2019

Bench at the Lake EdgeHerrington Manor State Park Quest
"Blending in with Nature"

Quest Information

With this “quest” we urge you to take time to visit a place in nature to truly disconnect. You will be active in your pursuit for a “blending place” but passive once the ideal location is found. Once in your blending place consider it in a sense; a meditation, or a time of reflection. Simply put; be still, quiet, and put the technology down. Instead listen, look, and feel your surroundings. Try to blend for at least 15 minutes; we recommend longer.

Park Quest art wall at Herrington Manor State ParkReflection: Do you hear or notice things you may not normally recognize? Any hunter can tell you when you sit quietly and still in nature it seems the forest quickly forgets you are even there. It is as if the forest begins to accept you as a true part of it and not only a temporary visitor. You may notice the animals begin to go about their normal behaviors. You may notice sounds normally displaced by the sound of our own movements or voices begin to be heard more clearly and without distraction. You may notice the smells of the earth.

Activity: Give it a try, allow yourself to “blend.” After your time to “blend” please take the time to reflect on your experience with some art therapy, by drawing your own mandala with the paper and colored pencils provided. Everyone should do their own.

Herrington Manor State Park
Quest Worksheet and Map

Park Information

Entrance to Herrington Manor State Park

Herrington Manor​ was designated as a state park in 1964. The 365-acre park, located within Herrington Manor was designated as a state park in 1964. The 365-acre park, located within Garrett State Forest, offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, tennis, basketball, volleyball and 20 furnished log cabins for rental use year round. Interpretive programs are scheduled during the summer; and popular special events such as kids fishing rodeo and apple butter boiling are held in the spring and fall. At the heart of this park is a 53-acre lake.

Make a reservation to stay at the park.

Address

Herrrington Manor State Park
222 Herrington Lane
Oakland, MD 21550

Phone: 301-334-9180

Directions

From Baltimore: 3 ½ hours - From Route 70 west to Hancock, Maryland and Rt. 68. Follow Rt. 68 west to exit 14 at Keysers Ridge and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles past Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 1.3 miles to Swallow Falls State Park, or 4.5 miles further to Herrington Manor State Park

From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 2 ½ hours - Follow Rt. 79 south to Morgantown, West Virginia and Rt. 68. Follow Rt. 68 east to exit 14 and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles past Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 1.3 miles to Swallow Falls State Park, or 4.5 miles further to Herrington Manor State Park.

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