We all know that time in nature coupled with physical activity has many health benefits.  Let’s put it to the test and set a goal to hike all of the trails at Herrington Manor State Park. Each scheduled hike will include a different trail segment ranging from 1 mile to nearly 2.5 miles. To challenge ourselves a little more, we will offer a hike from Herrington Manor State Park to Swallow Falls State Park (5.5 miles) towards the end of summer. Don’t worry if you miss a segment; we will try to reschedule them if time allows (or you can hike them on your own).

Thirty Prize Points will be awarded for attending each hiking event as we build our endurance for the culminating (5.5 miles) in August! If you prioritize them all and make it to each hiking event in this series, you’ll get an extra 100 bonus points in August!

June 5: Yellow Trail:
1 mile: Easy: We’ll start at the Ranger Station, Herrington Manor State Park Office, passing by the cabins
that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Then before we start the loop on the Yellow Trail
we’ll see the foundation of the Manor House, crossing Herrington Manor Lake Road, and traverse
through a pine forest.

June 19: Red Trail:
1.6 miles: Moderate: We’ll start from the Lakehouse. This trail will take us through a mixed hardwood
forest and a pine-filled forest. This trail has a few rolling hills to traverse.

July 3: Green Trail:
1.7 miles: Easy. Starting from the Ranger Station, we’ll pass through a large pollinator meadow and
enter a mixed hardwood forest, making a large loop.

July 17: Blue Trail:
2.4 miles: Moderate. We’ll start at the Lakehouse and get the biggest hill out of the way first. After that,
we’ll enjoy a mixed hardwood forest, making a large loop in the State Park and State Forest.

Aug 14: End of Summer Hike from Herrington Manor to Swallow Falls:
5.5 miles: Moderate. To culminate the Summer, starting from the Lakehouse, we’ll hike 5.5 miles to
Swallow Falls State Park, shuttles can be arranged. This trail may seem long, but the varied terrain will
make the miles pass by quickly.

For more summer activities, check out the events calendar: https://gcinmotion.garrettcountyapps.com/community-calendar/

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