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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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