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Cunningham Falls State Park


14039 Catoctin Hollow Road
Thurmont, MD 21788
301.271.7574
No Email Address
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/cunninghamfalls.html
7 Reviews
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We just loved this campsite since we have younger children. The bathrooms were close to most of the campsites, they had a lake to play in and go boating, they also had a playground, and easy hiking trails for the little ones. Everything was clean and staff was friendly.

Received from Erin for visit in Jan 2009


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Stay Again? YES
Very good state park, clean showers, good hiking trails, plenty to do (lake, boating etc).

Received from Caroline for visit in Aug 2007


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
Since our visit last year, there has been a significant expansion in the number and range of family-oriented planned activities on weekends (guided hikes, craft workshops, 'scales and tails' evening programs, lifeguarding demos, etc.). These programs, combined with the picturesque hiking trails, climbs to the falls, lake swimming, boat rentals, excellent camp store, high level of security, and well maintained bathroom facilities, make Cunningham Falls a wonderful weekend destination for families.

Received from Larry for visit in Jul 2007


Site Number: BB 53
Stay Again? YES
Hiking was great: a variety of well-marked hiking trails of varying difficulty, all venturing through very scenic terrain. A hike to the falls was a hit with our kids, and culminated in a swim in, and boating on, the lake. Campground sites were adequate, generally level and well-described on the internet reservation site, if a bit close together. While the bathrooms were updated (including private (locking) showers, a rarity at a Maryland state campground) and regularly cleaned, the bathroom facilities were inadequate for a campground this size (on our Bear Branch loop, which was full, there were only 3 women's toilets and two showers), and resulted in frequent waits. Security was good, quiet hours were actually quiet, and the campground store was well equipped.

Received from Lisa for visit in Sep 2006


Site Number: B56
Stay Again? YES
This campground includes two camping areas, the Houck area and the (smaller) Manor area, with sites arranged in loops in both areas and the Houck area being most convenient to a variety of lake activities (swimming, boat rentals, "catch-and-release" trout fishing) and to the 78 foot high cascading waterfall which gives the park its name and is accessible to climbing. There are planned activities on weekends, playgrounds, cabins available for rental, and a superb variety of (9) hiking trails which venture through both Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park (across the street). This park ranks with Greenbrier State Park among our family's favorites.

Received from Larry for visit in Aug 2005


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This is by far our favorite campground. Although the sites are not quite as spacious as Rocky Gap we still were able to find sites where we felt we had plenty of room with our Bayside. We stayed in the Addison Loop each time where there are electric hookups. Water pumps are located conveniently around the loop and the bathrooms are at the center of each loop. For our first trip we hiked to the falls, taking the shorter easier trail (I even pushed an all terrain stroller without too much trouble). It was very beautiful and the kids got a kick out of it. The best part of the area, though, is the lake. The first time we went in May we even saw tadpoles in one section. The sandy beach is perfect for young and old, and no worry about crashing waves or sharks! It has a nice roped off swim area. You will see a fish swim by from time to time, though. During the summer months there is a snack bar, little store, boat rentals, and life guards. These things were not open when we went just after Labor Day and in May, but we still had a great time. There are also bathrooms nearby and a shower house. There is a grassy area and playground right by the beach as well. Most people bring a picnic and stay the day. There are picnic tables and grills that fill up fast. The use of the lake is open to the general public, however, if you stay at the campground you get in for free.

Received from Carole for visit in Sep 2005


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This was our pre-RV days. But this park also has some electric sites and some non-electrics for rvers. They have the Manor and Houck campgrounds. We prefer the Houck area. Manor area is a bit tight for larger RVs but it is open longer. The sites are all very well manicured. Most are at least partially shaded. There is a nice lake, an old iron furnace and house ruin and plenty of hiking. The park is noted for having the highest water fall in MD. Unfortunately it doesn't always have water in it. One can cross Rt. 77 and go to the Catoctin Mtn. Nat. Park. The hiking is good there and the rocks are interesting. Watch out for rattlesnakes. If the Pres. is at Camp David, some hiking trails will be closed. But there is still plenty to do. The last pic below is shot in Catoctin from a trail overlook. If you drive 25 miles north on Rt. 15, you are in Gettysburg, PA. Visit the battlefield there. There is also some Civil War stuff in the town of Frederick, MD.

   

Received from Ed H for visit in Sep 2001


Site Number: B20
Stay Again? YES



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