Cunningham Falls State Park
Gambrill State Park

Campground Check In Hours:
Beginning August 18, 2013 through September 2, 2013, hours for checking into a camper cabin or campsite will be: Sunday through Thursday 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Beginning September 3, 2013 through end of the 2013 camping season, hours for checking into a camper cabin or campsite will be: Sunday through Thursday 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Houck Area Closures

On warm spring/summer weekends, the Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park may close due to capacity limitations. All traffic will be turned away from the entrance. The area usually re-opens in the afternoon. If you are not traveling with your party we suggest that you all arrive at the same time to insure the best chance that you will all get in.

Cunningham Falls Hiking

Although many visitors wish to get an up close view of the spectacular natural attraction, swimming is prohibited and climbing is not advised at the Falls. This policy is in place for the safety and protection of both the visitors and of the natural resource. Park staff has responded to hundreds of accidents at the Falls, most of which have been a direct result of visitors slipping or falling while attempting to explore the falls. In addition to visitor safety, we are dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing our natural resources. By eliminating human impact at the Falls, we are ensuring that the falls will be preserved as a wild and natural resource.

Help us protect our treasures. Please no hiking or climbing off of the trial in or around Cunningham Falls (McAfee Falls).

Firewood Alert

Firewood for camping must be purchased onsite. Please do not bring firewood in to the park. The Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in Southern Maryland. Please help us keep our Ash trees safe. For more information please visit

Stinkbug Alert

Please be advised that we have experienced an influx of stink bugs in recent years. Although our staff works hard to keep the cabins as clean as possible, please understand that we cannot control these pesky insects. Expect stinkbugs in you tents and cabins. Although annoying, stink bugs are not harmful to the cabins or to campers. Refunds will not be issued due to stinksbugs.

Iron Masters Ruins

The iron masters ruins in the Manor area of Cunningham Falls State Park are temporarily closed to the public.


Frederick County
The William Houck Area, located three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77, has the lake area, falls and camping. The Manor Area three miles south of Thurmont off Route 15 has the Scales and Tales Aviary, camping and the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace.

Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 Catoctin Hollow Road
Thurmont MD 21788

Contact Cunningham Falls

Phone: 301-271-7574

Contact the Park Service

  • Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
    (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
  • Email Us

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