Maple Syrup Festival

March 2024

Learn about the tradition of making maple syrup at this year's Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park! 

Hosted by the Friends of Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambrill State Park, this event has been a staple in Frederick County for more than 50 years! 

This annual event highlights the history of maple syrup in Maryland. The event includes opportunities to see maple syrup demonstrations, delicious breakfast items with locally-made maple syrup, and much, much more. 

Event location: 

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

Celebrate the annual Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park! Guests can watch staff demonstrate the traditional way of boiling sap into syrup, listen to live bluegrass music, and take a hayride through the Maple Grove. Try your hand in the great pancake race – trying to flip a pancake on the run ahead of other contestants – or enjoy a hot pancake breakfast with sausage and maple syrup.

Events take place each day of the event from 10AM to 2PM. A sign language interpreter will be stationed at the Sugar Shack on both Sundays. Syrup-making demonstrations and hayrides take place every hour on the hour. $5 donation per person is requested at the entrance. Breakfast, maple syrup products, and event souvenirs are available during the festival hours at extra cost.

Proceeds from the Maple Syrup Festival benefit the nonprofit Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks. The park opens at 9 a.m. and closes at sunset. Pets are permitted on a leash, outside only. This event is ADA accessible. Visitors may call 301-271-7574 for more information.

Learn more about the tradition of making maple syrup in Maryland

Man doing a maple syrup demonstration outside next to a tapped tree and bucket in Frederick County, MD