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Cunningham Falls State Park

This creek flows to the Potomac River

Cunningham Falls State Park Review

Located in the Catoctin Mountains, this state park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts: there's hiking, fishing, and a crystal clear man-made lake for swimming and boating. The showpiece for many is a 78-foot waterfall (hence the name, although some locals call it McAfee Falls)—the largest cascading waterfall in the state. The park also features an aviary, the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace, campgrounds, and activities such as maple syrup making, and a bird and reptile program for kids. Picnic tables and grills are available, and campsites/cabins can be rented from April through October.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd., Thurmont, MD, 21788
  • Phone: 301/271–7574
  • Cost: Memorial Day–Labor Day $5 per person; Labor Day–Memorial Day $3 per vehicle
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  • Location: Catoctin Mountain Park

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