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Cunningham Falls State Park

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Address: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-1514
Phone Number: 301-271-7574
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Located in the Catoctin Mountains, this park is well-known for its history,...

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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nice day trip

The park can get crowded, especially on the weekends. The lake is pretty clean and the beach is fairly nice. The scenery and hiking nearby is excellent. The falls are very nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely state park! We've camped here several times; always in the William Houck area. Camp check-in was easy and quickly accomplished. Reservations are made online ahead of time (or call). An assortment of sites are available; you choose if you want to be close to the water pump; if you must have electricity; or a small rough cabin.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing good. At noon park was closed -too many people. Lake is VERY shallow and muddy. Ok for kids upto 5-7 years old. Unstoppable announcements thru loud speaker by lifeguard. I had a feeling i am russian Gulag.. Waterfall was nearly dry in early August.

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Thank kopiy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You must pay when you enter if I have the correct park. But, it all goes to up keep and keeping the park open.

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Thank Taylor S
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to check out this park when we were staying nearby. We were pleasantly surprised how quiet and secluded this lake beach was - it probably helped we went on a Friday before the weekend. Dogs are allowed on the grass but are not allowed on the sand or water. There is plenty of shady areas for people who... More 

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Thank Cheryl G
Mountain View, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland is a hidden gem. The falls are spectacular, even during the dry summer season. We hiked the trail to the falls through the lovely woodland. There are many other options at the park including swimming or boating or fishing. We only spent part of a day in the park, but overnight camping is available.

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Thank Larry D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park can get crowded, especially on the weekends. The lake is pretty clean and the beach is fairly nice. The scenery and hiking nearby is excellent. The falls are very nice and there is an easier path to them and a more strenuous hike to get there as well. I felt like the beach was not as nice as... More 

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1 Thank Michelle B
Herndon, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went to the swimming area in August of 2016. They have a beach area, hiking trails, picnic area and shower/bathrooms. The fee was 5$ per person since we were out of state. You take away your own trash. The bathrooms were filthy. We went to McDonald's to change to avoid the filth. We saw people smoking and drinking on... More 

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2 Thank JCtatorknit C
Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

This is a nice state park with some nice, scenic views, waterfalls, and rivers. It doesn't seem to be too crowded based on my visit. Nice visitors center. Lodging is also available. Worth a small side trip to check out.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I "hiked" the half mile gravel trail to the falls and then had to high tail up some huge rocks to actually play at the falls. If you're going to splash around in the falls make sure you and your crowd are pretty agile to get up and down the falls. It was a great time and... More 

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Thank emma681
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Driving from DC to Gettysberg we took the short detour up to the Park. How we wished we knew about it earlier when staying with our American family with young kids in MD. It was reasonably busy midweek but still plenty of picnic benches and BBQ sites available. The lake water was not that clear but warm enough to spend... More 

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