One of the best places in Maryland for trail variety, the hikes at this state park range from short easy hikes, to steep and rocky terrain. There's something to suit everyone visiting Cunningham Falls State Park, whether you are a beginner or more experienced trail blazer. Some popular trails include:
A half-mile hike offering access to the falls. Ideal for beginners or if you're seeing an easy-to-moderate hike, with signage and rest stops along the way.
A two-mile hike over some steep terrain, with switchbacks, which take the trail in a zigzag pattern to protect it from erosion. Take your camera to capture some scenic views, and if you want a longer hike, this route connects with the Cat Rock Trail.
The biggest of all the trails, you're sure to need an overnight stay at the Cunningham Falls State Park cabins or campground to complete this one. A 27-mile hike that connects the state park with Gambrill State Park, Frederick City Watershed, and Catoctin Mountain Park.
A great range of recreational and educational activities are on offer for locals and travelers alike. Fishing, picnicking, and ranger programs are just some of the things to do in this scenic state park.
An entertaining education program for all the family about reptiles and birds of prey. See some of the animals that cannot be returned to the wild and now live in the Manor Area of the park.
A tasty treat if you're visiting Cunningham Falls State Park during the middle two weekends in March. Head to the William Houck area and watch the rangers use traditional methods to turn sap into syrup. The event includes a pancake and sausage breakfast, activities for children, and live music.
Cool off in the summer months at Hunting Creek Lake, but be sure to arrive early, as the three marked swimming areas can get busy. Lifeguards between 11am and 6pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Cunningham Falls State Park hotels provide some luxury, but for an entirely different experience, take a look at the campsite facilities available in both areas of the park. There's a choice of basic and electric hook up sites in both areas, and you might be lucky enough to spot the local bear population during your stay.