Cunningham Falls

Height: 78 feet
Trail Type: Gravel
Hike Distance: 1 mile round trip
Difficulty: 3
Beauty: 5


Cunningham Falls is the tallest waterfall in Maryland and occupies Cunningham Falls State Park. The waterfall itself isn’t much and may experience really low flows in the drier summer months. Despite its height, I don’t know if this is one to make a special trip for, as it’s pretty isolated from the other waterfalls in the state.


From US 15 in Thurmont, take the MD 77 exit and drive a little under 3 miles before turning left on Catoctin Hollow Road. Drive another 1.3 miles and turn right onto William Houck Drive. The parking lot will be about a half mile up on the left. You’ll pass a guard station, so if you visit the falls in season, you’ll have to pay anywhere from $3-5 to park. (There is a handicap accessible trail a little farther up on MD 77.)

Hike Description:

The hike leads off uphill from the parking area and makes a gradual climb as it follows the creek. The trail itself is nice and passes a neat little boulder field before leveling out at the base of the falls.

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