Cunningham Falls State Park derives its name from a scenic 78-foot waterfall, which is the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland. The falls, locally known as McAfee Falls, can be accessed via a short trail from the lake area or a boardwalk from Route 77 that accommodates visitors with mobility impairments. Visitors are not encouraged to climb on the rock faces, which are slippery and hazardous. The falls are located a half-mile from Hunting Creek Lake in the Houck Area via the Falls Trail.

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Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The easiest route to the falls is along the half-mile Lower Trail. For more of a challenge, tackle the 0.75-mile Cliff Trail, that ascends sharply onto the Catoctin Trail before dropping down a spur to access the lower section of the falls.
  • Combine a visit to the falls with a day hike along the Falls Nature Trail into Catoctin Mountain Park, or along the Catoctin Trail to overnight at Owens Creek Campground in Catoctin.

Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 Catoctin Hollow Road
Thurmont, Maryland 21788

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