Cunningham Falls State Park

Campsite at Cunningham Falls State Park

Camping

Cunningham Falls State Park has campsites in both the William Houck Area and the Manor Area.

Make a reservation online or by calling 1-888-432-CAMP.

Click Here for Camping Rates for the William Houck & Manor Area Campgrounds​​​

William Houck Campground

5783 Campground Drive
Thurmont, MD 21788

The William Houck Area Campground opens at the beginning of April and closes at the end of October annually. Campers check in at the Camp Office, located at the entrance to the campground, starting at 3 p.m. until closing.

Features include:

  • 106 basic sites and 36 electric sites
    • Campsites are 23’ x 23’ stone dust pad with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post
  • 4 (4-person) Mini Cabins
  • 4 (6-person) Mini Cabins
  • Centrally located bathhouses in each loop
  • Dump Station at Campground Exit
  • Freshwater fill up
  • Pet friendly Loops: Addison Run, Bear Branch & Catoctin Creek

Camp Office Hours of Operation

Before Memorial Day Weekend and After Labor Day Weekend:

Sunday - Thursday
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.​
Friday & Saturday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Camp Store Hours of Operation

Until further notice:
Monday - Thursday: Closed
Friday: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cabins are to be checked out and vacated by 12 p.m. and campsites are to be checked out and vacated by 1 p.m. on the last day of the reservation. If you need to arrange check in or out outside of the listed hours, please contact the park office ahead of time.

Click here for William Houck Area Camping Map and Site Descriptions​


Manor Area Campground

6709 Cunningham Falls Park Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

The Manor Area Campground is open for reservations beginning April 1, 2022. The campground bathhouse and all day use restrooms will close October 31, 2022 and only portable restrooms will be available from then until the Manor campground season closure on December 11, 2022 at 1 p.m. Campers check in at the shed located at the entrance to the campground. Instructions for checking in are inside of the shed. Walk-ins must call either 1-888-432-2267 or 301-271-7574 to register for a campsite. Firewood is available for $6 per bundle, check or cash only.

Features include:

  • 21 basic sites, 10 electric sites, no cabins
  • Centrally located bathhouses with flushing toilets and hot showers
  • Pet friendly throughout the entire campground
  • Free access to the William Houck Area dump station

Click here for Manor Area Camping Map and Site Descriptions​


Camper cabins, small cabins with covered front porchCamper Cabins

The William Houck Area Campground has 4 four-person camper cabins and 4 six-person camper cabins. Each cabin site has a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern post. All cooking must be done outside the cabin. The cabins have no heat. Campers may bring an electric heater or fan. Heat sources should not be left on while the cabin is unattended. No propane heaters are allowed. Campers must provide their own linens.

Reservations are recommended since the camper cabins often fill weeks or months in advance.

Camp Hosts

Camp hosts​ are volunteers that live in the campground from the spring to the fall. Of the many benefits camp hosts provide the park, they are primarily responsible for cleaning campsites and assisting campers with issues or questions when a ranger is not immediately available. Please feel free to stop by a camp host site if you need assistance.

If you are interested in becoming a camp host for the upcoming season, please contact Claudia Padilla at claudia.padilla@maryland.gov or the park at 301-271-7574.​

No tent? No problem!

You can have an RV or camping trailer delivered and set up on your site prior to your arrival. Contact the park office at (301) 271-7574 or Beckley’s RVs (833) 228-2376 for details on how to rent the camper of your choice from a local, experienced RV rental company. This is an extra service and is not included in your camping reservation. ​

OPERATION: CAMPOUT!

man pitching a tentIt's never too late to discover the joys of sitting around a roaring campfire, roasting marshmallows or sleeping under the stars!

The OPERATION: CAMPOUT! Program supplies the park with gear that we can lend you free of charge (includes a tent, chairs, stove, lantern and more). This program is designed for military individuals and military families new to camping or experienced campers stationed or recovering in this area. OPERATION: CAMPOUT! is an opportunity for families to reconnect with each other and the great outdoors in a comfortable, safe and relaxing setting. Contact the park directly, with your reservation information, to reserve your camping kit.

Tips for Camping in Black Bear Country

Bears do visit our campgrounds. Here are a few simple reminders to help keep you and the bears safe and ensure that you have an enjoyable stay.

  • Never keep food in your tent.
  • Store food and garbage out of a bear's reach by storing food securely in the trunk of your vehicle.
  • Remove your trash from your site daily and place in the campground dumpsters.
  • Remember to secure your pet’s food also.
  • If a bear comes into camp, don't feed it! Scare it away by making noise.
  • See a park employee to get more detailed information on how to camp in black bear country or visit: Living with Black Bears.
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