Cunningham Falls State Park

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Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park
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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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DaveAndCheryl
Leesburg VA84 contributions
Family
This is a great place to hike with the kids. The trail to the fall was not too far for a family to do wearing face masks!
The falls though not spectacular are nonetheless pretty and worth the walk. The best part is that you can wear a swim suit and go jump in a lake literally after doing the hike! We brought a picnic lunch and had a wonderful time.
There is a cost. For out of staters it is $7 a person, but well worth the cost as there is a life guard on duty at each of the 3 beach areas.
Written August 2, 2020
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Sherri H
Arlington, VA104 contributions
This is a nice campground. In the past, we've stayed in the Elderberry loop. Our choice of spaces weren't available there, so this time we stayed in the Deer Springs loop.

We came for Sunday to Tuesday so the bath houses would be less crowded, important during this coronavirus pandemic. The bath house was clean and had hot and cold water.

We were in site 104, which had plenty of shade, but our friends were in 103, which had full sun much of the day, making it unbearably hot during this July of 90+ daytime and 70+ nighttime temperatures. The website used to include photos of the sites but doesn't anymore.

While we had no issue, I noticed that the road was downhill to our campsites and that the grassy areas were soft from past rains, so I think these spots could be pretty swamped if it stormed.

People looked reasonably socially-distanced at the south beach of the lake, but we weren't sure we could find a spot and decided not to relax there as we had planned.

The campground store was closed due to the pandemic. The check-in office still sold firewood and ice. Staff and campers wore masks, but some on the trail to the falls did not.

My rating is lower because of the heat, which gave two of us massive headaches and isn't actually the campground's fault, but it just wasn't as much fun this time.
Written July 28, 2020
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scp427
Buffalo, NY414 contributions
Couples
We stopped for one night on our way home from Florida. We stayed in the manor loop site 10. It was a nice long site with electric hook up. We had a tough time getting into the site. The roads are narrow for a big camper too. While we were here there was a tornado warning & the camp host came around to warn us & tell us to seek shelter in the bathrooms if we needed to. The bathroom was up the hill so we stayed in our camper. Luckily we had good tv reception so we could track the storm which went south of us.
This is a beautiful heavily treed park. It’d be great for a smaller camper or tent. I doubt we’ll return here but it was pretty & quiet.
Written May 9, 2021
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MsNicholeP
Newport News, VA94 contributions
Family
I was excited to visit this place because I love the outdoors, mountains, and especially waterfalls. However; it was a disappointing trip. The restrooms were disgusting. The 1 mike hike to and from the falls was ok. There are multiple routes to take. Once we got to the falls, it was not very scenic. The view is just a large rock with some sparadic stream. It wasn't particularly a waterfall. There were so many people crawling around the rock from which the stream flow, it took away from it's natural beauty.
Written May 23, 2021
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Wildflower Hawk
Glen Burnie, MD118 contributions
Solo
Came with my dog early in the camping season. Dogs aren’t allowed in the Houck campground so we stayed in the Manor Area, about ten minutes from the falls. Not too many people but I imagine it gets very busy in the summer. Only one bath house in Manor Area campground so I’d suggest getting a spot close to it since the sites are spread out. Got up early and did the easy hike to the falls and didn’t see a soul. Oh! My one complaint is the GNATS!! My campsite was not near water so I don’t understand their presence. Literally swarms of them so bring bug spray or expect to keep the door up in your tent. Less gnats on the trail to the falls.
Written April 7, 2021
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Jowana L
Viola, DE124 contributions
My husband and I enjoyed a peaceful walk to the falls. The falls was low but, we joined in as people climbed to the top of the falls. Challenging at first but, a thrill to get to the top. Took a longer trail back that was more challenging because of the rocks. Plan to return with the grandkids!
Written September 23, 2020
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klmaestra
Silver Spring, MD1,040 contributions
If you are looking for nice scenery and a fairly easy walk, this is the place. The round trip walk from the parking lot is about one mile. My memories of the falls from my last time there (about 30 years ago) was much more water. But, it was still pretty. We were there on a weekday and the path was not too crowded. Most people had masks to help everyone be COVID safe.
Written November 6, 2020
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FF13
Sykesville, MD1,932 contributions
We visited the Cunningham Falls State Park on a weekday in Mid-September. The park was not crowded and there was no admission charge. We decided to explore several area inside the park.

We parked in a small parking lot and decided to hike to the falls. The signs stated that it was a 1/2 mile hike to the falls for a total round trip of one mile. It was a relatively easy hike. (There is a longer option which is a bit more challenging.)

Unfortunately, the falls was barely a trickle the day we visited (mid-September.) The walk was beautiful and the area at the base of the falls is well laid out for observation with a large deck area. We plan on returning at a future date when there is a higher flow.
Written September 19, 2020
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Pupasaurus
Rockville49 contributions
This park is fairly close to DC. They have a nice little lake with a beach and great hiking trails. For the more intrepid hikers, you can even hike close to Camp David, the mountain home of the President of the United States. The only drawback is that its extremely popular so it can get very busy at times. Specially when the weather is nice.
Written May 12, 2021
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Flyer292456
5 contributions
Couples
This is one of the best state parks we've camped in yet. Nice beaches, kayaking on lake, hiking trails to their beautiful falls, and the campgrounds are excellent. It's a must go destination!
Written July 31, 2020
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