Cunningham Falls State Park

  • September 21, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Hello nature lovers,

This is for all you nature lovers. If you like snakes, waterfalls, or other animals, this meetup is for you. Please see below.

Cunningham Falls State Park is located in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains. It is divided into two separate but unique areas. The William Houck Area located three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77 has the lake area, falls and camping area. The Manor Area off Route 15 three miles south of Thurmont has the Scales and Tales Aviary, camping and the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace.
Outdoor activity is everywhere at Cunningham Falls State Park. Leisure opportunities like swimming, hiking, fishing and canoeing are available. For those who wish to get away for either a night or longer there are campsites and camper cabins available for rental from April through October.
The staff and volunteers at Cunningham Falls State Park strive to make your visit a pleasant one. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.
The Falls

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 from Route 77 for those visitors with mobility impairments. This trail terminates at the falls from either access point and is not a through trail.

Directions:
Merge onto Interstate 270 N
0.2 mi
Take the exit on the left onto I-270 N toward Frederick
24.5 mi
Continue onto US-15 N
16.6 mi
Exit onto MD-77 W/​W Main St
Continue to follow MD-77 W
3.2 mi
Turn left onto Catoctin Hollow Rd
0.2 mi

Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788

Feel Free to ask in the discussions area

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  • Terry K.

    Ok i am parked by this boat house by lake. I followed the signs. Theres 2 of us here.

    September 21, 2013

  • babru

    I live near ShadyGrove hospital in Rockville. I can give ride to two or three people or can share ride with some one living close by. I am planning to leave around 8 AM and come back around 1 PM.

    September 20, 2013

  • Krish

    Hi,
    I am newbie to photography, still learning basic photography. Can I join as well ?

    September 20, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Everybody at all levels are welcome. Welcome to group...

      September 20, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Folks, Follow the signs to the Falls. You need to pay a $3.00 entrance fee.

    September 20, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Folks, Follow the directions to the Falls. You need to pay a $3.00 entrance fee.

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    September 20, 2013

  • Pathik

    Hi, I'm new to this group and coming for the first time. Do I have to take care of anything??

    August 15, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Bring your camera, filters, tripod, cable release etc..

      August 20, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Folks, Follow the directions to the Falls. You need to pay a $3.00 entrance fee.

      September 20, 2013

  • Mark S.

    has a meeting spot been determined yet?

    September 19, 2013

  • Alexandra L.

    I have some volunteer obligations I have to attend.

    September 11, 2013

  • Lisa Namata N.

    How "short" is the trail? Less than a mile short or 10 miles short?

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Alexandra L.

    Is this an all day event? I am asking because I want to attend anothe4 photography session at night. Thanks!

    August 17, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Yes this is an all day event. Feel free to leave anytime you wish. I was thinking of leaving in the afternoon.

      August 20, 2013

  • Larry

    Failed to check my calendar. I will be out of tpwn on that day.

    August 19, 2013

  • Terry K.

    Is there a building or landmark inside the park where people should meet?

    August 12, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Follow the signs to the Falls Parking

      August 13, 2013

    • Terry K.

      Sounds like a winner!

      August 13, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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