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Cunningham Falls State Park
Based on 116 traveler reviews
A relaxing day!
Aug 23, 2014 by: Donna V from Ashburn, Virginia
The lake and beach area are so clean! It is so nice to be able to sit back and enjoy a lovely day. There is a nice play area and a grassy area for the kids to run around in when they don't want to be in the water. They have a snack bar. Shower and bathroom facilities are available as well!
Beautiful hike ruined by the park service
Aug 13, 2014 by: Pcperrin from
The hike to the falls takes one through a lush and beautiful area. There are three trails to the falls: two from a parking lot near the lake and one from a wheelchair accessible boardwalk from the main road. We tried the more strenuous (and more beautiful) hike, which takes you up and through a series of boulders before dumping you down to the same viewing platform as the less strenuous (but enjoyable) trail. The destination is incredibly disappointing, not because the falls aren't beautiful, but rather because the "viewing platform" seems to have been built in a spot where the waterfall is as obscured from view as possible (trees in the way). The result is that one is forced to choose whether to obey the large number of park signs/warnings saying to stay on the trail and not cross the stream, or not be able to get a view of the whole reason you hiked there in the first place. We were told the view was much better from the boardwalk hike, but it is not as interesting a walk. Very poorly designed end-trail/platform by the park service in my opinion that basically is self-defeating in the end. I have this 4 stars because the hike is lovely (if disappointing) and the nearby lake is delightful for the kids.
Relaxing afternoon with the family
Aug 09, 2014 by: csdavis23 from Nairobi, Kenya
Cunningham Falls State Park is a relaxing environment. We had a family picnic, played cards under a shade tree and watched our granddaughter climb and slide at the playground, and played Frisbee. Then we walked half a mile through a beautiful forest to the waterfall. It was a very relaxing afternoon.
Aug 05, 2014 by: Danita34 from Silver Spring, Maryland
The value for your entry fee is great. The lake and picnic area is beautiful and the life guards are great. We go here any chance we get and stay all day. Bring water and land toys. On the south beach there is a great green area to play soccer or catch while one takes a break from swimming.
Not Worth $7 PER PERSON
Aug 02, 2014 by: Frodo1111 from Falls Church
It costs $7/ person to see the Falls. With a car of 4, that is $28 to look at the Falls. Not worth it. We just traversed The Smokies seeing much better falls all for $0 park entrance fees. Other StTe Parks charge about $5/car. Ridiculous.
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