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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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Beautiful Park

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Laurel, Maryland
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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242 reviews 242 reviews
85 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Frederick
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We used to go there every Father's Day. Picnic and a lake - great day for all of the cousin's and all of the family. There are a couple of geocaching sites littered around the park so if you are into wandering around hunting for different surprises in the park - knock it out. Of course the highlight is climbing... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It was very quiet and peaceful at this time of year. The changing of the leaves are gorgeous. Not a lot of people in the area during this time which is fortunate if you don't want the crowds and noises. Also, limited in amenities if you require food or beverage. Restrooms however, were still open. The forested area was still... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Personally, I would never visit the sad example of a lake they have going on there, but the falls are very nice! They're the perfect summer spot for my own friends, but my niece always enjoys herself, too. After trekking through the trails in the heat of summer, it is such a relief to dip your toes in the water.... More 

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Frederick
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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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302 reviews 302 reviews
125 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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303 helpful votes 303 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 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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