We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Cunningham Falls State Park

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-1514
Phone Number:
+1 301-271-7574

Located in the Catoctin Mountains, this park is well-known for its history,...

Located in the Catoctin Mountains, this park is well-known for its history, scenic beauty and various recreational facilities including campsites, hiking trails, picnic areas and fishing piers.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 211 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 82
  • 83
    Very good
  • 25
  • 10
  • 9
Nice park.

Looking for a fall drive, we were in this area and drove through this park. At the end of Oct. it seemed their season was slowing down. Beautiful drive for fall colors the day we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
Denise D
Owensville, Indiana
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

211 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 209: English reviews
Smithsburg, Maryland
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love the north side of the lake, because it is quieter. Simply stunning view everywhere! I did one hike on a Sunday, I recommend early or during the week. Sundays were very crowded.

Thank dianagore211
Edgewater, Maryland
Level Contributor
94 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived here late on New Years Day with just an hour of daylight left so chose to hike the 1 mile Lower Falls Trail. Short, but very sweet -a beautiful, easy trail through some cool rock formations to the Falls. Definitely plan on coming back to do some of the longer, more challenging trails.

Thank AnnieJ52
Owensville, Indiana
Level Contributor
283 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Looking for a fall drive, we were in this area and drove through this park. At the end of Oct. it seemed their season was slowing down. Beautiful drive for fall colors the day we were there. Camping, hiking, etc. available in season!

1 Thank Denise D
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Camped this past weekend at Addison Run in the Houck Area. The sites were perfect for tent camping – clean and nicely spaced. Addison Run costs a little more, but it has electricity, a shelf for your pots and pans and the fire rings have grills. The bath house sits in the middle of the sites and so is convenient... More 

Thank msgr0uch
Warrenton, Virginia
Level Contributor
32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I camped at this park many years ago when my child was young. It was a nice park and the facilities were good, I recall. I remember that some of the camping areas were pretty rocky which made tent camping a challenge. I believe we ended up sleeping in our car. We were there in the early 2000s so the... More 

Thank mcmandj
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Nice boardwalk to the Falls. A little early for beautiful fall color and not much water flowing over the falls, but still pretty.

Thank Lyn N
Annapolis MD
Level Contributor
84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We had not been to Cunningham Falls for years and revisited yesterday. We had a nice hike to the falls through the forest and thoroughly enjoyed the great fall weather. The falls are the highest cascading falls in Maryland and are lovely but, don't a dramatic waterfall- just a beautiful spot. There is also a 40+ acre lake for summer... More 

Thank Qtfish
East Coast
Level Contributor
100 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It's difficult to rate this park fairly, because there are so many aspects to it. There is boating, hiking, bird/nature watching, climbing, swimming, camping etc. My review is specifically on the beach area and the hiking trail to the falls. It was too cold to swim when we were there, and the bathhouses and refreshment areas were all closed for... More 

Thank vwnotabug
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
190 reviews
160 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 488 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We approached the falls and park from the national park site with an interest to photographing them. Unfortunately it was a sunshine day on the weekend in early spring. Good news: without leaves on the trees, the falls were quite visible and easily photographed. Bad news: they are wimpy at that time of year. More bad news: idiots galore ignore... More 

Thank FredPurdue
Freeland, Maryland
Level Contributor
151 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We went here during Colorfest. Park is beautiful. Hike to Falls is awesome. Bathrooms are clean. Cabins are nice with electric. Park staff was a bit zealous with the parking.

Thank renarr

Travellers who viewed Cunningham Falls State Park also viewed


Been to Cunningham Falls State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cunningham Falls State Park and other visitors
10 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (10)

Questions? Get answers from Cunningham Falls State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?