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Cunningham Falls

14039 Catoctin Hollow Road Thurmont, MD 21788

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


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Don't miss the opportunity to check out Cunningham Falls when you're in the area!

Cunningham Falls is divided into two sections: The William Houck Area and The Manor Area. The William Houck area is home to Cunningham Falls, the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland. Families can use the Lower Trail or the Cliff Trail to get to the falls. The Lower Trail is the easier of the two with a .5 mile uphill hike. The Cliff trail is a bit longer (.75 miles) and more strenuous.  After hiking, families can relax at the lake area. The sandy lakeside of Hunting Creek Lake provides areas for visitors to swim as well as to rent paddle boats. (Note: The William Houck area can fill to capacity when the weather is nice. Arrive early to ensure a space). 

The Manor Area of the park is home to the aviary and nature center. The aviary houses some amazing birds of prey, including owls, hawks and a bald eagle. The park provides care and refuge to these animals that cannot be returned to the wild. The Manor Area is also home to a very nice playground that appears to have been recently updated. If you still have the energy to hike, the Manor area provides access to a few different options. The Catoctin Furnace Trail is a .25 mile hike that will take families to Catoctin Furnace where iron was produced starting in the mid 18th century. The Bob’s Hill Trail is a strenuous 1.5-mile hike that would be good for families that are looking for more of a workout!

If you’d like to camp, the William Houck area offers 106 basic sites, 33 sites with electric hook-up, and some small cabins from April through October. The Manor Area has 21 basic sites and 10 sites with electric hook-up that are available year-round (limited services available November 1 through March 31.)


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Katie Raspa
Our work in Baltimore is truly a family affair. Husband and wife, Matt and Katie, work together to head up our ambassador team in Charm City. Katie is a Maryland native and has lived in the state her whole life. She moved to Baltimore in 2007 after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She has been working in the field of early childhood education as a teacher and family coach for the past 12 years. Katie also holds a Masters of Education in Literacy from Loyola University. She is passionate about giving kids and families the knowledge and tools that they need to thrive. Matt grew up in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. As a city native, Matt is a great resource on all that the city has to offer. After months of helping Katie explore the city for her role at a Happy Active Family, he decided to put his love of writing to use and officially come on board as an ambassador. Matt and Katie have two girls, ages 5 and 7. They spend their weekends camping, hiking, or exploring other hidden gems in their area. Tap into their insider knowledge by downloading the app today!
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