Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks


9-20-2019: The boat ramp at Cunningham Falls State Park is currently closed due to the lowering of the lake level necessary for ongoing construction. Canoes and kayaks are still able to launch from the boat ramp area.

Snack Bar is Closed: The snack bar at the lake at Cunningham Falls State Park is currently closed until further notice due, in part, to ongoing construction. We hope to reopen later in the summer but, in the meantime, visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and snacks into the park.

William Houck Area - Cunningham Falls State Park

From May through September, a culvert replacement project on MD Route 77 will affect travel to the William Houck area of Cunningham Falls State Park. On May 1, the State Highway Administration will close Route 77 to all traffic from Pryor Road in Thurmont to Stottlemeyer Road, approximately five miles west of Thurmont. A detour will be in place during this closure. After initial work in early May, the westbound lane of MD 77 will reopen between Thurmont and Catoctin Hollow Road, providing access to the William Houck area of the park for motorists travelling west on Route 77. In late May, Route 77 will reopen to travel in both directions, with flaggers alternating traffic on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For updates on parking, road closures and detours, check the Maryland State Highway Administration website. Visitors can also call Cunningham Falls State Park at 301-271-7574.

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 trail in or around Cunningham Falls (McAfee Falls).

Firewood Alert

Firewood for camping can be purchased onsite or from a local vendor. Please do not bring firewood from great distances into the park. The Emerald Ash Borer and other forest pests are known to spread through the transportation of firewood. Please help us keep our trees safe. For more information please visit The Maryland Park Service Firewood Policy web page

Iron Masters Ruins

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