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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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  • Take a 20 minute walk from the lake parking lot to the falls ending in a great photo. No cost to take the walk except during peak season. 
    Take a 20 minute walk from the lake parking lot to the falls ending in a great photo. No cost to take the walk except during peak season.  more »
  • This park is fairly close to DC. They have a nice little lake with a beach and great hiking trails. For the more intrepid hikers, you can even hike close to Camp David, the mountain home of the... 
    This park is fairly close to DC. They have a nice little lake with a beach and great hiking trails. For the more intrepid hikers, you can even hike close to Camp David, the mountain home of the...  more »
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  • First time to Cunningham Falls State Park. The big attraction for this park is the waterfall, in addition to the lake and campgrounds. Moreover, my husband and I went specifically for the waterfall and since it was during the off season, it was not crowded. Word of warning, there is no cell service and it is $3 per car (in state) and $5 per car (out of state). There were several trails here, we went on the cliff trail and lower trail for the way back. Both trails end at the waterfall and lower trail is the easier of the two. There were some great photo ops during the hike. The waterfall itself was ok, the view is slightly obstructed due to the trees but can still get a decent shot of the waterfall. Overall, a good hike and sights, if stopping along Thurmont, MD.
  • The lake is not open for swimming. Disregard any recent of swimming in the lake, as it is off-limits.

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