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Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls in the spring​​Reservations

Contact: 301-271-7574​
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Frederick County

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

Hours: ​8 a.m. to Sunset, April-October
10 a.m. to Sunset, November-March​



Cunningham Falls State Park day-use areas, including trails & playgrounds are open. The lake level is extremely low, so boating is not recommended. Swimming is not permitted at this time. Fishing is permitted outside of the sandy portions of the beach. The Aviary and Visitor Center in the Manor Area is closed at this time.

Public Hunting is permitted in the Wildlands of Cunningham Falls State Park. Trail users are recommended to wear bright colors. Please see our website​​ for more information.

The William Houck Campground - The William Houck Campground will close for the season on October 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. 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 - The Manor Area Campground will be closing for the season on December 13, 2020 at 1 p.m. To accommodate extremely high visitation, the Manor Area Campground is now accepting reservations until the end of season closure. Self Registration is no longer permitted; visitors without reservations must contact the reservation company immediately upon arrival to the campground. Please check in at the registration shed at the entrance of the campground. Please see the Camping and Cabin Page​ for more information.

Manor Area Campground restrooms will close on November 1. Portable restrooms will be available. Reduced rates go into effect on November 1.

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. Leisure opportunities include swimming, hiking, fishing and canoeing. Campsites and camper cabins are available from April through October.

The snack bar at the lake at Cunningham Falls State Park is currently closed until further notice due, in part, to ongoing construction. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and snacks into the park.

Click here to view the 2020 Unofficial Cunningham Falls & Gambrill State Parks Brochure​