Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks

Alerts 5-26-2020

Cunningham Falls State Park day-use areas, including trails & playgrounds are open. South Beach is at reduced capacity due to construction. Swimming is permitted at your own risk when lifeguards are not on duty from May 23rd through Labor Day. Pets are not permitted on sandy beaches or in the lake during this time period. Fishing is permitted outside of the swim areas beyond the marker buoys. There is no fishing allowed in the stream channel between North and South Beaches. The Aviary and Visitor Center in the Manor Area is closed at this time.

The William Houck Campground is open as of May 29. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please check in at the camp office. Click here to make your reservation. Firewood and ice are for sale at the camp office.

The Manor Area Campground is open as of May 29. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please check in at the Registration shed at the entrance of the campground. Firewood is for sale for $5 per bundle. To limit exposure of park staff, exact change is preferred. Click here​ to make your reservation.

Please Note: Visitors are encouraged to maintain social distancing guidelines and recreate in groups of 10 or less. Visitors are also encouraged to wear masks to protect other visitors and park staff, though they are not required for outdoor activities.

Snack Bar is Closed: The snack bar at the lake at Cunningham Falls State Park is currently closed until further notice due, in part, to ongoing construction. We hope to reopen later in the summer but, in the meantime, visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and snacks into the park.

Houck Area Closures

On warm spring/summer weekends, the Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park may close due to capacity limitations. All traffic will be turned away from the entrance. The area usually re-opens in the afternoon. If you are not traveling with your party we suggest that you all arrive at the same time to insure the best chance that you will all get in.

Cunningham Falls Hiking

Although many visitors wish to get an up close view of the spectacular natural attraction, swimming is prohibited and climbing is not advised at the falls. This policy is in place for the safety and protection of both the visitors and of the natural resource. Park staff has responded to hundreds of accidents at the Falls, most of which have been a direct result of visitors slipping or falling while attempting to explore the falls. In addition to visitor safety, we are dedicated to protecting, conserving and enhancing our natural resources. By eliminating human impact at the Falls, we are ensuring that the falls will be preserved as a wild and natural resource.

Help us protect our treasures. Please no hiking or climbing off of the trail in or around Cunningham Falls (McAfee Falls).

Firewood Alert

Firewood for camping can be purchased onsite or from a local vendor. Please do not bring firewood from great distances into the park. The Emerald Ash Borer and other forest pests are known to spread through the transportation of firewood. Please help us keep our trees safe. For more information please visit The Maryland Park Service Firewood Policy web page

Iron Masters Ruins

The iron masters ruins in the Manor area of Cunningham Falls State Park are temporarily closed to the public.

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