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Herrington Manor to Swallow Falls

Average Rating:    (3.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Much of the trail is an easily navigable old logging road. Part of the trail is single track and rocky. Within one mile of Swallow Falls State Park the trail runs alongside a lovely stream with hemlocks and rhododendron. Approximately one mile from the Swallow Falls State Park trail head, the trail crosses a stream that you may not be able to cross during periods of high water.
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Latitude
39.451703091887985
Longitude
-79.46273803710938
Trail Directions
Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles south of 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. Parking at the Herrington Manor parking lot is less crowded and the less difficult section of the trail. Trailhead starts from the back of the parking area near boathouse.
Trail Length
5.5 each direction Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Oakland
Zip/Postal Code
21550
Country
United States
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 24, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Wheelsupguy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a fun trail for somebody this is learning the ropes. It's not too hilly, nor to rocky. The 1/4 mile stretch close to the Swallow Falls Park area is gonna get walked by most beginners, but it is a beautiful ride. And....Swallow falls is a great place to end up. The falls and swimming are great.



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Review Date
September 28, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gedmunds ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Hmm, I'm a bit tubbier than the other reviewers, I would imagine, and I found this trail to be a perfect workout. It's not overly challenging, but there are one or two areas that require some heads up - it's a very rocky trail, some nice mudpits in a couple of areas. (The mile nearest Swallow Falls is the more difficult area, with some sharp turns, and the need to stay on a good line, or you're going to be on your arse.)

Three chillis each for aerobic and technical difficulty, (it ain't riding the Hole in the Ground in Tahoe, after all!) but four overall. But if you're a novice rider like me, this is an excellent spot to begin the transition to "intermediate". If you're an intermediate rider, you might find this trail a little boring, but a fun pedal. If you're an expert, and seeking a challenge, you might want to look elsewhere.

Recommended Route:
Um, we camped at Swallow Falls, biked to Herrington Manor, and back again. There's no deviance allowed!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haven't ridden any others, so can't really say - so I'm comparing this trail to other spots closer to the Dee Cee area.



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Review Date
August 10, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: usafschue ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail, visit it during my stays in Garrett county, amongst others in the area. Not too bad, but not too challenging either. Just watch the mud in the rainy season, it can be overwhelming. (As in 3-4 inches deep)

Tony

Other recommended trails in the same area:
-Margroff for advanced riders
-This trail for everyone else



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Review Date
May 9, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rob412 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I gave this ride a pretty high rating (4 out of 5) because it's a real "nice" ride. 4.5 of the 5.5 miles of this trail is an old logging road with a strip of hardpack down the middle, so you can basically it's a wide fast trail that you can fly down. There's not more than a few hundred yards of level terrain between the two parks. But non of the climbs are too technical or overly steep that an average intermediate rider can't manage.

The last mile of trail nearest Swallow Falls Park is the most demanding and technical section of the trail. This last mile rewards the rider with a nice helping of slippery roots and a tasty little rock garden. Enjoy this section, because it's the closest thing to singletrack that the ride offers. Where the trail crosses the mountain stream, there is a wooden bridge which sometimes becomes submerged in high water. So remember to avoid riding this trail during hurricanes.

I suggest that you ride this trail with your wife, girlfriend, or significant other, because when you reach Swallow Falls park you will "not" want to be chillin with your boys. The place is very "couple" friendly, with all the beautiful waterfalls and romantic lookouts. I attached a photo of an gorgeous view looking down the Youghiogheny from atop Swallow Falls. The Falls area is really spectacular and is the perfect spot for a romantic moment on a river-rock or explore the cliffs and rocks of the riverbank. Overall the Herrinton to Swallow trail is a really "nice" ride which I would recommend.

Recommended Route:
You would have to make a considerable effort to get lost on this trail. The trail is well marked with white blazes every 50 feet and milage markers every half mile. Pick up the trail head from the back of the Herrington Manor parking lot located next to the lake. You can't miss the signs marking the trailhead. Below is a link to the map provided by Maryland's DNR. Print this out if you must, but believe me, this trail is so thoroughly marked you won't need it. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/maps/garrettsystem.html

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Margroff Plantation Trail System in Accident is 7.5 miles of singletrack fun. Here's a link to a map of the area: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/trailguide/mangroff.html



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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)