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Cunningham Falls State Park

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Address: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-1514
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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 park.

Looking for a fall drive, we were in this area and drove through this park. At the end of Oct. it seemed their season was slowing down. Beautiful drive for fall colors the day we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
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Owensville, Indiana
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Thurmont, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Must see. Go to the aviary. It is wonderful there. the rangers are friendly and knowledgeable. There are wonderful places to have a quiet picnic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my son to this hike and he enjoyed every single step. He had a great time together the views, the waterfalls, everything conspires to make your day amazing.

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Smithsburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I love the north side of the lake, because it is quieter. Simply stunning view everywhere! I did one hike on a Sunday, I recommend early or during the week. Sundays were very crowded.

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Edgewater, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We arrived here late on New Years Day with just an hour of daylight left so chose to hike the 1 mile Lower Falls Trail. Short, but very sweet -a beautiful, easy trail through some cool rock formations to the Falls. Definitely plan on coming back to do some of the longer, more challenging trails.

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Owensville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Looking for a fall drive, we were in this area and drove through this park. At the end of Oct. it seemed their season was slowing down. Beautiful drive for fall colors the day we were there. Camping, hiking, etc. available in season!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Camped this past weekend at Addison Run in the Houck Area. The sites were perfect for tent camping – clean and nicely spaced. Addison Run costs a little more, but it has electricity, a shelf for your pots and pans and the fire rings have grills. The bath house sits in the middle of the sites and so is convenient... More 

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Warrenton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I camped at this park many years ago when my child was young. It was a nice park and the facilities were good, I recall. I remember that some of the camping areas were pretty rocky which made tent camping a challenge. I believe we ended up sleeping in our car. We were there in the early 2000s so the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Nice boardwalk to the Falls. A little early for beautiful fall color and not much water flowing over the falls, but still pretty.

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Annapolis MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We had not been to Cunningham Falls for years and revisited yesterday. We had a nice hike to the falls through the forest and thoroughly enjoyed the great fall weather. The falls are the highest cascading falls in Maryland and are lovely but, don't a dramatic waterfall- just a beautiful spot. There is also a 40+ acre lake for summer... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It's difficult to rate this park fairly, because there are so many aspects to it. There is boating, hiking, bird/nature watching, climbing, swimming, camping etc. My review is specifically on the beach area and the hiking trail to the falls. It was too cold to swim when we were there, and the bathhouses and refreshment areas were all closed for... More 

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