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Cunningham Falls State Park

Address: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-7574
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Ranked #4 of 11 Attractions in Thurmont
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping
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Owner description: Located in the Catoctin Mountains, this park is well-known for its history, scenic beauty and various recreational facilities including campsites, hiking trails, picnic areas and fishing piers.

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English first
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505 reviews 505 reviews
255 attraction reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We visited here after the Cacotin Zoo (separate review) and the admission was on the honor system. We popped our dollars into the box and went to the parking lot. It is a few yards' walk uphill to the visitor's center where there are some interactive natural exhibits and a full sized stuffed black bear displayed in a glass box.... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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261 reviews 261 reviews
118 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This park is great in every season but it is great in the fall the foliage can be spectacular. There are the Falls of course, always a big draw. Hiking and a variety of activities are available. Well maintained. Just off route 15 between Frederick and Gettysburg.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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444 reviews 444 reviews
259 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The lower Falls trail is just under 3 miles round trip and not overly eventful on it's way to the falls. While scenic, I would recommend them if you are in the area or a waterfall lover. The trail ends with less than picturesque view of the falls so you will have to take the liberty as most do to... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We have a 5 year old and a 2 year old and wanted to take them to the beach for a day without having to drive too far. This was perfect! It's about 1 1/2 hours from Fairfax, VA. We did a little research and found that the beach had a "no swimming" policy after Labor Day. I called the... More

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Weaubleau, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Nice walking trails to Falls. Nice Lake w/ swimming beach, canoes, & paddle boats. Trash-Free zone. NO Trash Cans! Must take it with you. NO Alcohol!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
15 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited CFSP last year in the fall and it wasn't bad. Lots of people, but still able to enjoy the hike and the falls. This year however, was quite different. We started at the lower entrance by the lake. We had a small piece of trash to dispose of and asked at the office for a trash can. We... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The lake and beach area are so clean! It is so nice to be able to sit back and enjoy a lovely day. There is a nice play area and a grassy area for the kids to run around in when they don't want to be in the water. They have a snack bar. Shower and bathroom facilities are available... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The hike to the falls takes one through a lush and beautiful area. There are three trails to the falls: two from a parking lot near the lake and one from a wheelchair accessible boardwalk from the main road. We tried the more strenuous (and more beautiful) hike, which takes you up and through a series of boulders before dumping... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Cunningham Falls State Park is a relaxing environment. We had a family picnic, played cards under a shade tree and watched our granddaughter climb and slide at the playground, and played Frisbee. Then we walked half a mile through a beautiful forest to the waterfall. It was a very relaxing afternoon.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The value for your entry fee is great. The lake and picnic area is beautiful and the life guards are great. We go here any chance we get and stay all day. Bring water and land toys. On the south beach there is a great green area to play soccer or catch while one takes a break from swimming.

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