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Cunningham Falls State Park (Page 2)


Service Charges for Manor Area--Day use service charge is $3/vehicle year-round. Out-of-state residents add $1.

Service Charges for Houck Area--Day use service charges are as follows: Weekdays Memorial Day-Labor Day $3/person; weekends and holidays Memorial Day-Labor Day $4/person. All other times $3/vehicle. Out-of-state residents add $1 to all day use service charges.

Catoctin Iron Furnace Historical Site--The Catoctin Iron Furnace operated from 1776 until 1903. The area was once a booming industrial complex and community. Much of the historic site is accessible. The site is located on MD Route 806, three miles south of Thurmont.

Swimming--Swimming is permitted in three designated areas of Hunting Creek Lake. Lifeguards are on duty during posted hours Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Boating--A boat ramp is located off Catoctin Hollow Road. Private craft may be launched for a small service charge. Gasoline motors are prohibited; electric motors of less than 1 hp or 33 lbs. of thrust may be used. During the summer, canoes and rowboats are available for rental. Boat launch service charge is $3 per launch for in-state residents; $4 per launch for out-of-state visitors.

Playground--A recycled tire playground is located in the Manor Area. Built by volunteers from 3,000 tires otherwise destined for landfill, the playground offers something for people of all abilities and ages.

Trails--Enjoy easy to difficult hiking along nine scenic trails that include areas of Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park. Take a trail map. Mountain bikes are prohibited on all trails.

Hunting--Hunting is permitted on 3,500 acres of undeveloped wildlands. Disabled hunters can hunt in a special area by reservation.

Picnicking--Picnic areas in both the Houck and Manor areas offer tables and grills, and are open daily until sunset. Check with the park office for service charges to use these areas. A picnic shelter is available in the Manor Area by reservation only. A concession stand and beach store near the lake are open during the summer.

Fishing--A Maryland license is required for all fishermen over 15 years old. Big Hunting Creek, along MD Route 77, is a catch-and-release trout stream limited to artificial fly fishing only. Conventional fly fishing tackle and artificial flies must be used. Little Hunting Creek in the Manor Area is a catch-and-release trout stream limited to the use of artificial lures and flies only. Spinning gear may be used. Hunting Creek Lake is a put-and-take trout area. An accessible fishing pier is adjacent to the boat ramp. Anglers can also fish for bass, bluegills, sunfish, crappie and catfish. Consult the Maryland Freshwater Sportfishing Guide for creel and size limits and for additional information.

Pets--Pets are prohibited in the Houck Area (picnic areas, lake area and campgrounds and at the Falls, including pets in vehicles. Pets on leash are permitted in the campground only of the Manor Area and at neighboring Catoctin Mountain National Park and nearby Gambrill State Park.

Accessibility for the disabled--Accessible facilities include a fishing pier located by the boat ramp and a 300 yard long trail to the falls from Maryland Route 77. Some restrooms are accessible.

Camping--The park offers two camping areas: the Houck Area with 140 campsites situated in five camping loops and nine camper cabins, and the Manor Area with 31 campsites. Bathhouses with hot showers are conveniently located in each camping loop. Each campsite is equipped with a table, fire ring, lantern post and parking area. Some electric hook-up sites are available in both campgrounds. Campsites at the Houck and Manor Areas can be reserved. A camp store offers groceries, camping supplies and souvenirs.

** Senior citizen rate (62 years or older) applies only to camping or cabin fee on non-holiday Sunday through Thursday nights. Does not apply to electric hook-up.

Each loop has a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets. Campsites with electric hook-ups are situated in Addison Run Circle and Deer Spring Branch Circle in the Houck Area, and on sites 6 through 10 and 15 through 21 at the Manor Area. There is an additional service charge for these sites. Drinking water spigots are placed throughout each loop. Each campsite consists of a stone dust pad (most are 23'x23') and a gravel driveway. Sites are suitable for tents or recreational vehicles. A dump station is located in the Houck Area near the camp office.

Camper Cabins:
Four camper cabins are located in Catoctin Creek Circle and five are located in Deer Spring Circle in the Houck Area. Each cabin is a 12'x12' room with a front porch, situated on a campsite. Each cabin has two electrical outlets, an overhead light, a porch light and a lockable door. The cabins sleep up to four people. Each cabin has a double bed and two bunk beds. Campers must provide their own bedding. Each cabin site has a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern post. All cooking must be done outside the cabin. The cabins have no heat. Campers may bring an electric heater or fan. Heat sources should not be left on while the cabin is unattended. No propane heaters are allowed.

Camping Reservations:
Most campsites, cabins and picnic shelters in Maryland state forest and parks may be reserved by calling 1-888-432-2267. Reservations may be made for the Houck and Manor Campgrounds. Reservations are encouraged for these areas since they are very popular. Reservations may be made up to a year in advance. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights for weekends (Friday and Saturday) and three nights for holiday weekends. The camping service charge must be paid in advance by credit card or check.

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