Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park, located in the Catoctin Mountains, is
known for its history and scenic beauty, as well as its 78-foot
cascading waterfall. The Falls are located one half mile from the lake
in the Houck Area via the Falls Trail.
Before the first Europeans arrived, many small Native American
tribes farmed, hunted and fished the area. Tradition says the name
Catoctin came from the tribe, the Kittoctons, who once lived at the
foot of the mountains near the Potomac River. By the time the settlers
began to arrive in the Monocacy River Valley, Native Americans were
Early settlers used timber from the forests to make charcoal to
fuel the Catoctin Iron Furnace. Too many years of clear-cutting and
unscientific farming practices contributed to the overuse and
destruction of the land.
In 1954, the area was divided into two parks, divided by Maryland
Route 77. The northern 5,000 acres is now Catoctin Mountain Park, a
unit of the National Park Service. The remaining 5,000 acre parcel was
named Cunningham Falls State Park.
There are two main developed areas in the park, the William Houck
Area and the Manor Area. Check out a map of the area.
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