GC In Motion is an initiative designed to increase opportunities for people to be physically active by removing barriers for Garrett County residents. This comprehensive initiative has something for everyone, as we continue to work together to improve well-being.

Luke Mongrain, Park Services Supervisor, will lead the hike at Herrington Manor this week! The Maryland Park Service of the Department of Natural Resources is playing a significant role as GC In Motion takes shape in the community. Ranger Mongrain contributed numerous ideas during the grant writing stage that ultimately helped Garrett County receive the funding. Now that we are implementing the initiative, our friends at the Park have been incredible collaborators! If you haven’t had the chance to visit the parks or get to know the staff, make time! They are pretty fabulous people and I always leave uplifted after spending time a little closer to nature.

We have beautiful, well-managed parks that we can appreciate as we get moving together. Be sure to check out the events calendar frequently as it will be updated when new partners join us and offer more fitness opportunities by visiting https://gcinmotion.garrettcountyapps.com/.

If you haven’t yet, register for your FREE park pass – it’s just one way we are breaking down barriers for people to find greater well-being! Visit the same website and claim yours today!!!

Garrett Trails is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the development of a well-used network of high-quality, sustainable trails that provide access to Garrett County’s historic, municipal, and environmental treasures. As another integral collaborator in this initiative, Garrett Trails offers this description of Herrington on their website garretttrails.org.

Description: The park offers swimming, row boating, canoeing and paddle boating, picnicking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and 20 furnished log cabins for rental use year round. There are 4 trails of varying lengths. Trails are grass-covered and broad. The terrain varies with some hill climbing and several areas are soft during wet spells. Trails are groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing. The Red and Blue trails can be accessed at the concession stand by the lake. The Green trail is accessed behind the backstop at the ballfield, near the tennis courts. The Yellow trail is accessed from the Green trail.

Use: Hiking, Mountain Biking, XC Skiing
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Directions25 minutes, 15 miles from Visitor Center Drive; Turn right onto RT-219 S 6.2 miles, turn right onto Mayhew Inn Rd 4.3 miles, slight left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd 0.3 mile, turn right onto Swallow Falls Rd 4.5, turn right into the state park. The Red and Blue trails can be accessed at the concession stand by the lake. The Green trail is accessed behind the backstop at the ballfield, near the tennis courts. The Yellow trail is accessed from the Green trail.

Directions to park entrance on Google Maps
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This event is on my calendar and I am excited to meet some new faces and enjoy a few of our lovely trails! 25 Bonus Points are awarded when you join us (don’t forget to use the comment section to tell everyone about the hike)! Hope to see you there!

About GC In Motion
An application was submitted by Shelley Argabrite representing the Population Health, Innovation & Informatics Unit within the Garrett County Health Department for the competitive funding from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and was awarded $92,986 dollars. The funding is part of a larger goal for 34% of Marylanders to be at a healthy weight by 2024!

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