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Water flowing over the rocks at Cunningham Falls
Cunningham Falls State Park
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Cunningham Falls State Park

Surrounded by the beautiful Catoctin Mountains, Cunningham Falls State Park is home to Maryland’s highest cascading waterfall. A hiking trail and a short walking path both lead to the falls where visitors enjoy picturesque views year round. Other hiking trails of various difficulty levels weave through the park. Cunningham Falls is also home to the Annual Maple Syrup Festival which takes place every second and third weekend in March.

William Houck Lake is a popular spot in the summer with its sandy beach and swimming opportunities. In fact, the park often reaches capacity early in the day so plan to arrive early. Boating, fishing, and picnics are also popular here. The park is a great place to see lots of native Maryland wildlife. The Scales and Tales program brings live birds of prey and reptiles to Cunningham Falls that cannot be returned to the wild. Visitors can get a firsthand look at some of these amazing animals at the Cunningham Falls Aviary, a true hidden gem of Frederick County.

As of August 27, swimming will not be permitted for the remainder of the 2020 season. Below average rainfall and above average temperatures have caused the water levels to become unusually low. If you are interested in swimming, consider visiting Greenbrier State Park or the Catoctin Creek Nature Center.

People spread out, relaxing on the beach at William Houck Lake, just steps from Cunningham Falls State Park

Cool off after your hike on the beach at Hunting Creek Lake, just a few steps away from the trail to Cunningham Falls.

Dog playing in the water at Cunningham Falls

Your pets can get in on the fun at Cunningham Falls State Park!

Hours of Operation:

8 a.m. to Sunset, April-October
10 a.m. to Sunset, November-March

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.‚Äč

 

Pet Policy:

Pets are allowed everywhere except for the sandy portion of the beach and lake from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.