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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 and playgrounds are open. 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.​

Restrooms will be opening gradually throughout the spring. Porto johns have been placed around the park until restrooms open.

Beginning 4/14, contractors will be installing a new gate at the entrance to the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park. This project is expected to last approximately a week. Campers will be notified via email of any changes in the check-in process. We apologize for any inconveniences.​

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.​

The William Houck Campground: The William Houck Campground is open to reservations beginning April 16. Cabins will open for reservations beginning April 30. Please make a reservation online or by calling 1-888-432-2267.​

The Manor Area Campground: The Manor Area Campground is open for reservations on April 2, 2021. Please check in at the Manor Area Registration Shed.

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.

Click here to view the 2021 Unofficial Cunningham Falls & Gambrill State Parks Brochure