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Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont

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Cunningham Falls State Park is a public recreation area located west of Thurmont, Maryland, in the United States. The state park is the home of Cunningham Falls, the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland, a 43-acre (17 ha) man-made lake, and the remains of a historic iron furnace. The park is one of several protected areas occupying 50-mile-long Catoctin Mountain; it is bordered on its north by Catoctin Mountain Park and on its south by Frederick Municipal Forest.

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  • Nice hike to Cunnungham Falls. We took the easy way up. It was a lovely hike. There is a more difficult path if you prefer. 
    Nice hike to Cunnungham Falls. We took the easy way up. It was a lovely hike. There is a more difficult path if you prefer.  more »
  • The hike to the waterfall was very nice, unfortunately when I visited, the waterfall was basically dried up from the drought. My dog enjoyed using the accessible hike to the falls. 
    The hike to the waterfall was very nice, unfortunately when I visited, the waterfall was basically dried up from the drought. My dog enjoyed using the accessible hike to the falls.  more »
  • We drove the scenic drive through the mountain and went to the state park. Did the falls trail. It’s only a mile. Very easy but disappointing. The falls have barely any water. Not much to see. Then.....  more
    We drove the scenic drive through the mountain and went to the state park. Did the falls trail. It’s only a mile. Very easy but disappointing. The falls have barely any water. Not much to see. Then.....  more »
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  • Camping experience: Clean bathrooms, quiet in off season, great staff. Wood is $9 a small bag. Some sites more private than others. Overall very nice. Not sure I'll return though as trails and lake is NOT in walking distance to the campground. I don't want to drive to do a hike.
  • Great for family outdoor hiking trip to the falls. Even went all the way to the top with my very energetic 5 yr old son then later he went swimming with the other kids on the lake and went fishing as well.
  • I was lucky to get in here last weekend of the season. This place has a camping option as well. Enough parking and a nice half a mile hike to the falls. Great escape place
  • This is a cute little hike/walking trail/park to take your family too. It is beautiful and is just overall a nice place to spend the evening with your little ones. The only downside for me is how crowded it can get.
  • The falls are spectacular, but the approach to them is on one of two short boardwalks with a wooden platform for viewing. You are highly discouraged from leaving the boardwalk in order to climb up the falls or across the stream or dip your toe in the water. Clearly that's to protect the environment but I had envisioned sitting at the bottom of the falls with my feet in the water.

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