DESCRIPTION: ------------ A trip to Cunningham Falls State Park would not be complete without a visit to the scenic 78-foot waterfall, for which the park is named. Cunningham Falls are the largest cascading waterfall in the state. The falls, locally known as McAfee Falls, can be accessed via a short trail from the lake area or a boardwalk. The Cunningham Falls State Park trail system varies in terrain from short, flat hikes to steep and rocky ascents that will challenge even the experienced hiker. We will start our hike at the park visitor center, take a short 2.5 mile hike to the falls and then pick up the main hiking trail to cat rock, and loop back to the cars for an additional 5.3 miles (approx). The park office number is:[masked] HIKE RATING: ------------ I do not rate hikes by the confusing descriptors of Easy, Moderate, or Difficult. What is Difficult for one person may be an Easy hike for another. A more accurate description is given below. Hike mileage (approximately): Day 1: 7.8 Miles Hike Elevation Gain/Loss (approximately): Day 1: 1000' Hike Pace (Speed): We will try to maintain an average pace of 2.0 mph RESTRICTIONS: ------------- No dogs or people under 18 years old. No Cotton Clothing. Must wear sturdy hiking boots No smoking during entire trip. Follow Leave No Trace Principles (www.lnt.org) Arrive with your pack ready (including water and food). AFTER HIKE OPTIONS: ------------------- We can look for a place to have something to eat. QUESTIONS: ---------- I have limited E-Mail (Internet) access before this event; will attempt to respond MEETING LOCATION: ----------------- Catoctin Mountain Park Visitors Center. From Washington DC take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I495 beltway to I270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. From Baltimore, MD Take I695 beltway to I70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. Carpool Location: ----------------- Nothing Offical MEETING TIME: ------------- 9:30 AM Arrive at the meeting location prior to the stated time as I plan on a VERY PROMPT departure. Please budget sufficient time to arrive early. RSVP POLICY: ------------ Cancellation Policy: I will cancel a hike in the event of severe weather (e.g. thunderstorms actually occurring in the hike area) or hazardous trail conditions (such as ice on the trail). Whenever possible, I will send a cancellation notice prior to hike time. If this is not possible (or the hazard is not apparent until we are at the trail head), I will decide at the trail head whether to hike or not.