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Cunningham Falls State Park

14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-7574
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in Thurmont
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: Located in the Catoctin Mountains, this park is well-known for its history, scenic beauty and various recreational facilities including campsites,... more » 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. « less
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English first
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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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Falls Church
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

It costs $7/ person to see the Falls. With a car of 4, that is $28 to look at the Falls. Not worth it. We just traversed The Smokies seeing much better falls all for $0 park entrance fees. Other StTe Parks charge about $5/car. Ridiculous.

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Manchester, MD
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Lovely outside of the park area or go into the reserved area and have a picnic. Many hiking trails and water. Wonderful fly fishing.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This has become our favorite "get away for a day" location- only 65 minutes from Baltimore. We love to arrive early and get a picnic table with barbeque right on the lake. There are boats available for rent, or bring your own. Nice little beach, and of course, the hike up to the falls which is great. The best part... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Cunningham Falls State Park is a great weekend getaway with plenty to do and see. Renting a two-person kayak was simple and a fun way to spend an afternoon. The beach is not large, but still has plenty of space to get some relaxation in. The Manor Camping area is rustic, but perfect for camping. The camp hosts were friendly... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I took my son here as a little getaway for the day. We had a great time walking up the 1/2 mile trail to the falls, scenery on the trail is awesome! The trails does get a little challenging here and there but nothing too bad. May want to be cautious about snakes here, I saw on the news a... More

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

First of all, enter at the Manor Area - they charge less there than at the William Houck Area and either fee covers the whole park. Falls is nothing spectacular. Minimal visitors' center, etc. Not much else!

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My husband and I an another couple visited the falls and did a nice ride through the area on our motorcycles. The scenery is breathtaking - streams, rocks, trees, wildlife, and nice curvy roads. There were lots of families visiting the falls and enjoying climbing on the rocks going up to the falls. This is a must see park when... More

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