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Cunningham Falls State Park

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Address: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-7574
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Activities: Camping, Hiking
Description: Located in the Catoctin Mountains, this park is well-known for its...
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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We went for our annual camping trip with neighbors. We were 6 families ranging from 6 yrs and 2 college kids. All the kids had fun because there's a lake for swimming and there's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Rockville, Maryland
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We journeyed up from Loudoun County for the day to hike rocky, green trails, visit the falls, and go to Frederick for Oyster shooters and brunch. Great day!

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We went for our annual camping trip with neighbors. We were 6 families ranging from 6 yrs and 2 college kids. All the kids had fun because there's a lake for swimming and there's a short hike to the falls. We also brought our dogs so we really like that they allow pets on the grass by the lake. The... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This park offers very nice hikes for just about everyone. If you're not an avid hiker, take the easy lower trail to the falls. Other, more strenuous trails offer nice inclines and cliffs. The falls aren't incredibly spectacular, unless there's been a lot of rain or snow pack melting, but they're still nice to look at. The park also has... More 

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Enjoyed our camping overnight in Cunningham Falls state park. Was a little bit put off by the security arrangements at the check-in gate, but were happy to get settled into our site. Bathroom cleanliness could be improved.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

There are many hiking trails, and like most parks, if you go away from the main attractions, (falls, lake) you will have a peaceful forest walk. If you have a long time, walk to the falls and to the Catoctin Furnace. The falls are modest and gradual. More of a local scenic spot than a regional attraction.

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Westminster, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Yes the lake and beach can get crowded, but my 7 year old doesn't care! We always get there before 10ish and have no problem finding our own little part of sand. Going in late afternoon will also guarantee you a spot. Great gentle slop into the lake for little ones to play, practice swimming and not get plowed over... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Let me start off by saying we stayed here before Memorial Day weekend. The forrest was beautiful that the campground was located in. But unfortunately that was the best part of the campground. We felt the sites were small and close together. The site we stayed on had a nice size drop off behind and beside our pad. So that... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

After seeing a sign along the road, we decided to stop here on the way home from Hagerstown. It is well worth a stop. The falls are a 1/2 mile walk along an easy to moderate trail. The hike is mostly uphill going there so the walk back is pretty easy. The weather was perfect, and this was a great... More 

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Springfield VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We (ages 1 to 65) came for the Maple Syrup Festival, which was a lot of fun for the kids. The festival is somewhat small, but the pancakes with sausage and syrup ($5.50/plate) were good and the kids had fun making crafts and playing instruments in the activity tent. The maple syrup making demonstration was also interesting and informative. After... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A beautiful park. We took the short hike up to the falls, it was largely snow covered but was worth the hike when we got to the falls. There are great platforms to walk out on the view the falls. We only wish we had more time to spend here before we had to leave.

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Address: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-7574
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Thurmont

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