Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park

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.

Outdoor activity is everywhere at Cunningham Falls State Park. Leisure opportunities like swimming, hiking, fishing and canoeing are available. For those who wish to get away for either a night or longer there are campsites and camper cabins available for rental from April through October.

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Hours

Houck Area:
8 a.m. to Sunset, April through October; and 10 a.m. to Sunset, November through March. Lifeguards are on duty at the lake between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lifeguard coverage may be adjusted during periods of inclement weather.

Manor Area:
8 a.m. to Sunset, April through October; and 10 a.m. to Sunset, November through March. ​

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Houck Area Day Use:
PLANNED RENOVATIONS TO THE HOUCK AREA WILL BE OCCURING IN 2017. PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK AT 301-271-7574 FOR MORE INFORMATION.Memorial Day-Labor Day, weekends and holidays $5/person; Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend, weekdays $3/person; Labor Day-Memorial Day $3/vehicle. Out-of-state residents add $2 to all day use service charges.

Manor Area Day Use:
Year-round $3/vehicle. Out-of-state residents $5/vehicle.​

​Boat Launch Charges:

Houck Area:
$3/vehicle, out-of-state residents $5/vehicle.

CAMPING

Houck Area:
Houck Area: Family camping first come first serve 4/1/2017 to 4/30/2017.

Campsite: $21.49 + service charge*/night
Campsite with electric: $27.49 + service charge*/night
Camper cabins:
4-person - $50.49 + service charge*/night (1-room)
6-person - $65.49 + service charge*/night (2-room)

Manor Area:
Manor Area: Family Camping first come first serve 1/1/2017 to 5/25/2017 and 9/5/2017 to 12/31/2017

Campsite: $21.49 + service charge*/night
Campsite with electric: $27.49 + service charge*/night
Shelter: $36.75 + service charge*/day (150 person capacity)

Activities

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Boating
  • Hunting
  • Fishing

Water Flow Info:

Facilities

  • Picnic area with tables and grills
  • Boat ramp
  • Camper cabins
  • Parking areas
  • Campgrounds
  • Shelters
  • Restrooms

Accessibility

The McAfee Falls can be accessed via a boardwalk from Route 77 for those visitors with mobility impairments. 

Pets

Pets are allowed in Addison Run, Bear Branch, and the Manor Area camping loops. Pets must be attended and on leashes at all times.

Weather

Last updated: July 30, 2019
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