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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: Hiking, Camping
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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Cunningham Falls State Park

Nice park with a small lake where you can kayak or go boating. There are rental kayaks and pedal boats ($15 for 30 mins.) The life jackets provided are filthy and bring yours if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
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Freedom, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Nice park, very close by! Trails are easy...picnic areas, grills, and canoe rentals available at the lake

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Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This park is one of the lesser used state parks. There is a fantastic lake for swimming or fishing with a very clean beach. This might be the only place that has any crowds and only on the weekends with picnics. The campgrounds are well kept and laid out with lots of privacy and shade. Hiking is abundant and the... More 

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Salisbury, Maryland
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The lake area was really busy the day we visited, it took about twenty minutes just to reach the booth to pay our entrance fee. They do close the park when it reaches capacity to be sure to check if you're going to visit on a weekend. It's an absolutely beautiful park though. Huge lake with swimming and boating and... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Only stopped in to see the falls. Didn't do anything else in the park so I can't really provide and accurate review. The falls are nothing spectacular. I would recommend seeing them after a heavy rain. The area around the falls is scenic, worth a stop.

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Park has a nice beach, trails and camping areas. It's worth the trek to see the falls. I have two complaints. It's really very expensive to rent a cabin--$70 per night for a camping cabin without a refrigerator, stove or air. I also disliked the layout of the park--the camping sites and cabins are far away from the lake/beach. It's... More 

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Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Nice park with a small lake where you can kayak or go boating. There are rental kayaks and pedal boats ($15 for 30 mins.) The life jackets provided are filthy and bring yours if you have one and planning to go boating. The lake has a swimming area with lifeguards. The entrance to the park is $3/person. The trail for... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great place to have a picnic with your friends and family. There's a small swimming area with beach sand and lifeguards. Hiking trail to the falls is not hard. The falls itself is very nice. Boat rentals are also available. The only draw back is they now charge per person. It's a bit expensive for a place like this.

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Freeland, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Come every fall as it is beautiful to hike and enjoy the leaves. This year we by accident hit the Craft Festival. Despite my husband's disappointment in no craft beer, I thought it was a bonus! Lots of vendors and yummy food to taste.

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We visited the park to complete a Park Quest, but stayed far longer than we intended. The playground is spectacular and provides interesting and active play opportunities for children. The aviary is small but home to some beautiful raptors. The trail to the furnace is beautiful and an easy hike. The little hunting creek is easily accessible and fun to... More 

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Mount Airy, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The 1/2 mile trip to the waterfall is easy along a gravel path. My two teenage kids took the optional tougher (3/4 mile) route. The kids and I climbed to the top (not advised per signage) and enjoyed watching the water cascade down the 78' drop. The lake swimming area that will allow you to cool off after a hike... More 

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