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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 2 days ago
Michelle B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Herndon, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Quicksburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The camping area we stayed in was the addison loop which has electrical hookups. The campground was crowded when we arrived on tuesday but by thursday we were the only campers in the loop. the sites are level and will accommodate campers up to 30 feet. The lake area was busy each day with bus loads of small kids coming... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hiked up to the Falls, which was a bit of exertion for a lazy person, who is basically a couch potato. It would have been really fantastic if everyone followed the rules and did not climb the falls and destroy what would have been a very beautiful view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I really enjoyed everything about this park. The water fall was fun. The kids (ages 8-11) jumped in the water fall off of a small cliff and didn't get hurt. The food and snacks at the concession stand was yummy. Prices not to bad. We fed a family of 4 kids and 2 adults for about $36.00... More 

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Cockeysville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I group of us (14 total) spent a lovely day on the lakefront beach at Cunningham Falls. There are plenty of picnic tables, most shaded. They have a kids playground, a sandy beach, roped off swimming areas and life guards. They also rent kayaks, paddle boats, and canoes. There is a concession stand and large clean rest rooms/ changing rooms.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time here and we will be back. The park was fairly secluded so we were able to picnic and paddle in the lake without crowds. There is a small sandy beach so great for little kids. There are showers for the kids after. Venue loses a star because the toilets were filthy. Expect to pay $5 per person if... More 

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