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Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground

Thurmont, Maryland


14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd
Thurmont, Maryland 21788
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Sites: 106
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 39.62094
Longitude: -77.46667

Elevation: 1058' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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25 Reviews

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Site was very shaded, and quite secluded. Camping pad was nice and level, although the driveway was slightly sloped. Nice amount of space in between sites. Very short walk to bath house. Campground was relatively empty our first night (Thurs), but filled up the next day. Still, heard hardly any noises from our neighbors. Camp hosts were very friendly, and came over to introduce themselves and go over park info shortly after we checked in.

Facilities/Overall Park: Bath house was centrally located. Pretty average as far as cleanliness goes, but everything worked, and the showers were hot. Great recycled tire playground, and awesome nature center w/ turtles and various birds of prey on site in the Manor Area. If you head over to the Houck Area of the park (about a 15-20 min drive), you'll find the lake, falls, and another campground. The Houck area definitely tends to be more crowded. I can't speak to the campground, but the lake is nice, and the falls are beautiful. The hike up wasn't too strenuous, either; my husband, dog, and 5-year-old handled it just fine. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Electric Loop-site 6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Catoctin Zoo right up the road. We didn't go, since we had our dog with us. We would have liked to see Catoctin Furnace as well, but ran out of time. There is a Weis Market about 5-10 minutes up the road, and a Family Dollar nearby as well. Believe there is also an RV dealer nearby in case you find yourself in need of parts or service. Not a whole lot to do in the area.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Campground loops were at the top of a hill away from the rest of the park. sites were good sized with lots of woods behind most sites. High power line did run through nearby. Cell phone reception was good. Day use area at lake was free to campers, but parking filled up on holiday weekend and it was a long, steep hill to walk down to the lake and back. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 37 BEAR BRANCH
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hiking anywhere from this campground is rugged.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Well kept state park with a large campground. Electric loop is one of the older loops and sites are not all that level. We stayed in one of the H/C sites with electric in a tenting loop because access was easier. Each loop has a host site but only one of the five hosts was present. Campground is uphill from everything at the park and plan on driving down to the lake or trail heads. Within the park hiking available or just across the road to the larger Catoctin National Park with plentiful trails and rock outcroppings to visit. Lake has a couple of nice sand beaches and the falls were running due to recent rains. Park tends to get a lot of day use at the beaches but the campground is secluded and access restricted. Restrooms were clean and serviced daily. We camp here two to three times a season. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

When exiting don't turn right on Catoctin Hollow Road to get back to US 15 thinking its a short cut. Go left and exit back to Rt 77 through the park as you came in. Catoctin Hollow Rd gets narrow and rough and is not suitable for RVs and trailers.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

The reason for the 5 rating is mainly because the trees in the park need to be trimmed and pruned back. There are too many low branches, and limbs sticking out into the road. Extensive problem in this park. They recently poured loose gravel alongside all the interior roads, blocking access to even the campsite driveways, had to shovel it away, just to get our RV into the site. Thirty amp power breaker switch was weak, tripped easily, even while using less than 30 amps, breaker switches on pedestals simply need to be replaced. Otherwise park is beautiful. Be careful and drive slow on 77 into park, windy road with many sharp curves and tree limbs. Do not arrive in the dark. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

In my 40 years of camping I have never felt so unwelcome as I did when entering this park today. Not only were we not permitted to access a perfectly open site until the 3 PM check-in time, but also we were directed to take our 30 foot motor and just go park it somewhere until it was time. We went to the lake, and the person there was seemingly unwilling to let us take our camper into the beach parking area, the only place there was decent parking anywhere around. Some training in public relations is in order. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great location with wooded sites. I had a tent site and a nearby cabin and it worked great for parents and kids. Water and historic places. Near the highway, but it feels remote. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Campground Cabin.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice, level gravel sites, all pretty much shaded and for the most part nicely separated. The staff was very friendly, but the camp hosts not so much so. We were staying next to some friends and all gathered around the fire when, right at 10 pm, they came around and told us we had to quiet down, even though we were simply sitting talking to one another with no other campers anywhere near us. The actual park staff was excellent, however. The park itself is in a wonderful area with lots to do. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Pros: some level sites, 30 amp electric, beautiful woods, lots of hiking trails, not too far from DC, clean, very dark at night, very quiet, shaded. Cons: some unlevel sites, no water or sewer hookups, zero AT&T cell service, zero Virgin Mobile data service, zero Wi-Fi. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for 5 days. We got there when it was summer and left when autumn temps started to take over. The cooler air was welcomed. The lake was already closed for the season which was a dissapointment. We stayed in the Houck area/Addison loop site 13. We had easy access to water and the bathroom was right behind our trailer through a short walk through the woods. The sites themselves were a little on the small side. I found it frustrating that the fire ring (which is immobile) was only a few paces from the door of our trailer. We had to make sure the door was shut in order to keep the smoke out. I was amazed at how many TV channels I was able to pick up with the digital converter box attached to my television. I believe it was more than 30 channels at any one time (some of them were the same network, but still...) The Catoctin mountains where the campground is located are lovely. They certainly don't break any records for height, but the beautiful green wild grasses and moss that grows through the woods makes the area look otherworldly. It's interesting to note that one of the placards on the way to the falls states that the mountains there were at one time taller than the Himalayas. We hiked to the falls (about 1/2 mile one way) and it began to rain when we were halfway there. By the time we got to the falls it was a torrential downpour. We headed back and of course when we got back to the car the sun broke through the clouds. We were all soaked to the skin. It was a funny situation that I'm sure will remain with my kids for years. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We've been here a number of times and have enjoyed the majority of our time here. This time was not as enjoyable as others due to very noisy cabin campers. We were next to the camp host and were surprised that he didn't try to calm them down. We have found most sites to be mostly level and enjoy the separation between them. We really felt like we were out in the nature world during our stays here. There is plenty of hiking, and the falls are definitely worth a hike to visit. The bathrooms were aged, but well maintained. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed on site #20 (Addison Run Loop) where pets are allowed. Pretty much all the sties are the same here at Cunningham Falls, they are a a fine gravel and level, picnic table, fire ring with grill and lantern / light holder. There is a camp store there but they were closed every day we were there. Not every site has water. Site #20 was great for the fact we could use one section of water hose to have water hookup since the spigot was close by. All the loops have several water supply spigots. We had 30 Amp, I did not see 50 Amp. Site length said 30 feet, we easily put our 33' motorhome in this site with room to spare for a car. Bathrooms were clean and maintained, I'm sure during the busier season this could be different. A note about hiking around here. It is very mountainous, even the short hike to the falls or lake from the campground involved a hike, you can drive to the lake and hike to the falls, that would be much easier. No mountain biking on trails. Overall a great place to camp while visiting the area, Gettysburg is not far and Baltimore is 40+ miles away. There is NO / NONE cell service and satellite was very had to get from the tree cover. There was also no local over the air TV channels. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice state park with a great swimming lake, good hiking and large sites. We had no problem camping with our 30 footer. We were on the Addison loop which allows pets. My only complaint is that they don't allow dogs on the hiking trails. If I had known that I probably would have left my dog at home. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice State Park. Stayed here during the busy July 4th Holiday. Nice level wooded sites. Sites were nicely spaced apart. We will return. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We chose to have electric hookups and the spot they gave us was literally on the paved walkway to the bathroom. Not much privacy as people were coming and going all hours of the morning and evening. The site was large enough for our rig as well as a tent. Very nice surrounding area although there is little to do in the park itself except hike. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at the Houck area in the Addison Run Loop at an electric site. We were right next to a water spigot which was very convenient, there appeared to be plenty of them spaced out for group use. The restrooms were very nice and clean, there were paths from every inside loop campsite to the restroom area which was nice. All the campsites appeared to be level and were fairly easy to back into. Security patrolled regularly but we never saw anything questionable: the campground is in a gated area of the state park. We saw signs warning of black bear and rattle snakes but the only wild animals we saw were chipmunks, and maybe the kids we had bought with us. We hiked the campground & cliff trails to the falls, a little more difficult than we were expecting them to be since we hadn’t read the trail descriptions before heading out but definitely do-able even with small children. We can’t wait to return here to camp again. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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