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Address: 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-7574

Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the...

Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the first iron furnace constructed in rural Frederick County.

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A Piece of American History

This is a side-trip type of attraction, and it's free! There are several other things to see in this area, so why not stop by the furnace and learn more about the history of the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
York Springs, Pennsylvania
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York Springs, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a side-trip type of attraction, and it's free! There are several other things to see in this area, so why not stop by the furnace and learn more about the history of the area? This is a fine piece of architecture that remains "hands-on" for its visitors. You can touch, smell, see, and revel in the quiet. It... More 

Thank cestsibon2me
Bethesda, Maryland
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the self pace tour. The tour, self paced or guided, does not take long. This would b a nice stop if you have been in the car on a long trip and u just needed a short break. The site was great. Informative. Very interesting. Amazing to see how different things were back in the day.

Thank Ladybier
Wilmington, Delaware
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

You can immerse yourself into this area with the exhibit that way it is laid out. Very basic, but good historical information. Take the trail walk. It is easy and pretty and the bridge is fanciful.

Thank Joanne C
Lexington, South Carolina
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Spent part of the day exploring Catoctin Mountain Park (yeah I saw you Camp David). While there I particularly love the interpretive trails featuring the sawmill, still, and charcoal creation process. Stopping by the Catoctin Furnace (which was a major recipient of Catoctin charcoal) seemed like a natural segue. The site includes ruins of part of the old iron furnace,... More 

Thank qayaq
Zullinger, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Well preserved quick stop enroute to other sites....Interesting, Near the zoo and the covered bridges. But is not the main object of a tour. As a sidelight to the state parks though it gives insight to life in these mountains and farmlands 200 years ago.

Thank peggycostion
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We visited this area last year and enjoyed the hike through the woods. We also followed the trail to see some of the other sites, like the old whiskey still. Very easy walk along the stream.

Thank Gary Y
Marlton, NJ
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143 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Quick stop along a road trip and said ok let's continue to the next stop. Basically just the ruins of the furnace with a trail. Nice activity to waste some time but don't go out of our way for it. Free, small parking lot, one Mr Bob style bathroom.

Thank KingCobra7003
Freedom, Pennsylvania, United States
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

Stopped on a whim and so glad I did! Beautiful old ruins of the furnace and stone mansion along an easy trail.

Thank kpHutch
Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is great park for hiking and picnicing. It is close to Route 15 and Cotoctin Forest and park. Well worth the short trip if you are in the area.

1 Thank Brian20176
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It's nothing spectacular like Hopewell Furnace in PA but it does have a nice, easy to walk 1/4 mile trail with 6 stops along the way describing the parts of the forest and how they were used with the furnace. Easy to find off of Rt. 15. We stopped on our way to Catoctin National Park. It doesn't cost anything,... More 

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