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Beautiful park

We visited Cunningham Falls on a gorgeous fall day and were surprised it wasn’t more crowded. The... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Alexandria, Virginia
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Lovely walk on a misty day

We walked from our campsite to the trail. The first section of the trail was well marked. The... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2018
Kensington, Maryland
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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.
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-1514
+1 301-271-7574
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love experiencing new travel places for hiking. This was a great place to walk and see nature at its best. I brought my 77 year old mom and 71 year old aunt on this adventure. We had a great time and they both kept...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see if you are in the area. As my kids were growing up we would spend a lot of time here on the beaches of the lake or hiking on the trails up to the falls. Also they host many special...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jenniferjjtravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One part of the hike it a very easy trail, you can turn around and take that right back out. If you like a challenge there is another half that goes some rocks and rougher terrain, but still on the easier side. The falls were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

We visited Cunningham Falls on a gorgeous fall day and were surprised it wasn’t more crowded. The trails are well marked with plenty of parking areas. Trails range from easy to moderate to difficult. The waterfall trail is an easy one which is terrific. I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank StacyInDC2012
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Took my 7 year old grand son here. both he and I enjoyed it very much. It was a little to muddy for hiking but he enjoyed the play ground, Aviary with a bald eagle, hawks and owls. The visitor center had some snakes in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

We walked from our campsite to the trail. The first section of the trail was well marked. The second part wasn’t. We saw deer on our way to the Falls. Parts of the trail were very steep.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BLMerce
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

Stopped at the aviary on this visit. Saw several beautiful owls, hawks, and a bald eagle. Also some turtles. Then stopped at a nearby picnic area near a babbling stream. Quite lovely and relaxing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DeborahM966
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

We camped for two nights at this park. The park is close to the town of Thurmont if you need to shop for food or need a restaurant. The park has a lake and a number of trails. I stayed at their small campground which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed September 8, 2018

We don't camp a lot so I don't have much to compare it to, but I thought it was a nice place to take a family camping. The sites were kind of close to each other, but that might be normal. We were able to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank funwithfamilyVA
Reviewed September 4, 2018

On warm summer days, arrive early (before noon at the latest). When the parking lot is full, they close the park. Nice place for swimming. Canoes available for rent. Playground and picnic areas. Nice hiking trails.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kathy S
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October 29, 2018|
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Response from Kathy S | Reviewed this property |
There is handicapped parking on Rte 77 and a short boardwalk (wheelchair accesible) that leads to the falls. It takes me about 5-10 minutes to walk to the falls on the boardwalk. There are a few benches along the way so you... More
June 29, 2018|
Response from wahootoyou | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea what you are talking about.
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Catoctin Mountains vs Cunningham Falls (3 Replies)
We want to do a day trip to Cunningham Falls State Park the first week in June....and maybe also to Catoctin Mountains down the road. We're looking for an easy hike, maybe two, for the day. Our travel will take us a little over an hour each way, we should arrive 9:30AM. I read that summer camps come in to Cunningham Falls, so wonder if we should skip that....but we would like to see the waterfalls. I'd appreciate suggestions for either park that might work.
May 23, 2018|
Response fromIrishFan|
Summer camps won’t be an issue in early June; all the local school systems are still in session.