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Set in the magnificent Catoctin Mountains, Cunningham Falls State Park lures outdoor adventurers with scenic hiking trails, sandy beaches, and the longest cascading waterfall in Maryland. The park hums with activity in the summer, with endless opportunities to swim, paddle, fish, and enjoy the sunshine. Venture further afield and you'll find more than 90 parks and recreational areas to explore, including sections of the famous Appalachian Trail.

Beyond fresh air and mountain scenery, Cunningham Falls State Park is a great base for exploring this captivating corner of the Old Line State known for boutique wineries, you-pick orchards, and antique stores. There's also plenty of history to soak up, from pioneer museums to Civil War sites.

At less than an hour from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Cunningham Falls is popular with day trippers, weekend warriors, and cross-country road trippers alike. Planning an extended stay in the park? Browse a wide selection of RV rentals in Frederick County.

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Getting Outdoors

In the summer, 43-acre Hunting Creek Lake is one of the best places in Maryland to cool off. Claim a patch of sand at three postcard-perfect beaches, all patrolled by lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day. RV camping at Cunningham Falls State Park is a great way to beat the summer crowds and ensure you hit the beach before the park reaches capacity.

No trip to the park is complete without visiting Cunningham Falls, Maryland's longest cascading waterfall. It flows for more than 78 feet along a rocky ravine and can be easily accessed via the half-mile Lower Trail. For a glimpse of the park's industrial past, hike the Catoctin Furnace Trail to the ruins of a historic iron forge.

If native wildlife is on your wish list, Cunningham Falls delivers with a healthy population of black bears, as well as reptiles, birds and other Catoctin Mountain species. The Cunningham Falls Aviary offers a unique chance to get up close with owls, hawks, eagles, and other feathered residents. Pick up a Maryland Freshwater Sport Fishing License and you can cast a line for trout, bass, bluegills, sunfish, crappie, and catfish.

Camping at Cunningham Falls State Park

RV camping at Cunningham Falls State Park offers a unique chance to live and breathe the natural beauty of Maryland. The park operates two campsites: one in the William Houck Area and the other in the Manor Area. If you want to be close to the falls, the William Houck campground is a good option. It's popular with families and offers more than 100 sites, some with electric hookups for RV rentals. The Manor Area Campground offers an intimate atmosphere and plenty of privacy. Choose from around 20 sites, half with electric hookups suitable for motorhome camping.

All sites feature picnic tables and fire rings, so be sure to plan for campfires, singalongs, and s'more roasting sessions. You'll also enjoy access to bathhouses with hot showers and flush toilets. Reservations are recommended when camping at Cunningham Falls, as the park is always popular in the summer, especially from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Pets are allowed in the Addison Run and Bear Branch Loops of the William Houck Campground, as well as all sites in the Manor Area. Be sure to clear up all leftover food as Maryland is black bear country. Chat to one of the friendly park rangers or camp hosts if you're unsure on the protocol.

Exploring the Area

Frederick County is steeped in Civil War history, with sites like the South Mountain State Battlefield recalling the region's turbulent past. Retrace the footsteps of American soldiers on the Maryland Civil War driving trails, learn about the legacy of 19th-century doctors at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and venture further afield to Gettysburg, one of the most iconic historic sites in the United States.

Thurmont, a laid-back mountain town three miles from the park, is a great place to stock up on gas and groceries. Browse independent shops strung along the historic Main Street, stroll along the pedestrianized Thurmont Trolley Trail, and check out the colorful murals. Treasure hunters can work their way through more than 200 antique stores in Downtown Fredericktown, as well as hidden gems in towns like Emmitsburg, Middletown, and New Market.

Baltimore is a one-hour drive southeast and is a popular hub for picking up RV rentals near Cunningham Falls State Park. You can also tick off attractions like the National Aquarium, Inner Harbor, and Fort McHenry National Monument. Baseball fans will jump at the chance to cheer on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

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