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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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Visit Early Fall 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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2014
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Mesa, Arizona
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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