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Cunningham Falls State Park
Based on 92 traveler reviews
Winter Wonderland Close to Washington, DC
Feb 14, 2014 by: Gary S from Bethesda, Maryland
For those who like to hike in snow-covered woods, this is a lovely nature preserve in Winter. It's only an hour or so from Washington, DC. The frozen falls are particularly beautiful.
Pleasant for a spring or fall visit, but very crowded in summer.
Jan 13, 2014 by: Shelley K from Bethesda, Maryland
We've visited CFSP a few times, most recently this past summer, when we camped there for two nights. The campsite was fine, and there are some nice trails to hike on. But the falls are little more than a trickle in the summer - unless there has recently been heavy rain - and the park is extremely crowded with day visitors. Most crowded (and unpleasant, in my opinion) is the lake, which fills up with so many day visitors that they close it to additional cars (you can still hike in from the campground). The lake is manmade, fairly small, and shallow, and the water doesn't move much. As a result, it is pretty stagnant, and the crowds of infants lolling about in the very shallow water makes it hard not to imagine that the water quality is probably pretty dubious. I liked the campground, and even the trickly waterfall was fun to climb around. But the lake was so unpleasant that I couldn't wait to get away from it. I will probably go again, but will skip the lake.
Nov 25, 2013 by: TracyBMaryland from Thurmont
Lot's to do in this park. The trails are well maintained and scenic. The lake is wonderful. Lots of grills and tables to picnic.
Great Place to Bring the Family
Nov 25, 2013 by: Kimberly C from Thurmont, Maryland, United States
This is a great park, and not just because we live near it. This park has a lake with great beach, the falls, and some great activities for the kids. In March look for the Maple Sugaring activities they have at the park. It can be crowded during the summer. There are some great trails as well.
Hiking is what its all about
Oct 10, 2013 by: D_Kirk2013 from Washington DC, District of Columbia
I have been going to this park since I was a kid. Recently re-visited for a day hike celebrating my mothers birthday. The hiking is breathtaking and I highly suggest taking the upper trails if you are able they actually aren't that steep and I have hiked much more strenuous trails. Its a great hike for kids as well which makes it one of my favorites. The falls have been disappointing this year due to the lack of rain in the area but on wet seasons they really are quite nice. Please don't litter here keep the natural areas vibrant and free of your water bottles please! I have never camped here but I think it looks like a decent camp ground although I was disappointed to see you couldn't swim in the lake this year due to a bacteria in the water. Hopefully they get that corrected for next year cause I will be ready to camp soon.
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