Cunningham Falls State Park

Surrounded by the ridges of Catoctin Mountain, 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.

Hunting Creek 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 park is adjacent to Catoctin Mountain Park, so there's plenty to explore to make it a multi-day experience in the mountains.

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.​

Dog playing in the water at Cunningham FallsYour pets can get in on the fun at Cunningham Falls State Park!

Pet Policy

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