Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park is located in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains. It is divided into two separate but unique areas. The William Houck Area located three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77 has the lake area, falls and camping area. The Manor Area off Route 15 three miles south of Thurmont has the Scales and Tales Aviary, camping and the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace.
Love this place. Me and my friends came here and took a dip in the cleanest lake I had ever seen. We were able to enjoy wading into the water falls as well. Very awesome trails. Definitely kid friendly but romantic enough for the lovers and the couples. I definitely will be back. I had no idea Maryland had such beautiful parks in the mountains.
Excllent place! I was traveling and stopped by here for a night. They are so so so professional and helpful - I can tell that they really do work to keep the park well. This is an excellent park and entirely family friendly.
What a disappointment. I came here often as a child, but hadn't been in many years. Sad to see it has been turned into a tourist trap and revenue-generating machine for the state. The falls themselves are cordoned off now (!!!) and there are boardwalks and paths to which one is expected to rigidly stick. Whomever was responsible for this choice likely justified it in terms of "protecting the environment" but this is NOT the way to go. You can teach people to tread carefully and leave as little trace as possible without cordoning off all of nature. I won't come here again, they've ruined it. It's very sad to me that this is what kids today get, rather than the joy of truly exploring nature.
Love swimming here but it's not really big enough for boating. Love hiking here. Appreciate that there are restrooms, showers and a snack bar. The falls and other scenery are beautiful. There are a variety of trails with various difficulty levels and lengths.
I really pleasant place to visit. There's two ways to visit. Spend a couple of hours exploring the falls or camp out and explore the lake and surrounding hills as well. The falls are an easy climb and there is a very easy path to the falls from the parking lot. The path is about 1/2 mile, but there's a closer parking area for people with disabilities.