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Cunningham Falls State Park

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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​



Beginning November 1, Cunningham Falls State Park’s gated areas will open at 10 a.m. and close at sunset. Please allow staff the opportunity to treat surfaces during periods of inclement weather.

Cunningham Falls State Park day-use areas, including trails & 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 are closed for the winter, however portable restrooms are available in various areas around the park.

​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 is closed for the season. We will reopen in April for the 2021 season.

The Manor Area Campground: The Manor Area Campground is closed for the season. We will reopen in April for the 2021 season. 

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​