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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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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
83 helpful votes 83 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 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
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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
4 helpful votes 4 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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