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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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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is almost the perfect park, beautiful wooded campgrounds, large camp spots, plenty to do. The camp spots were level and very clean. We stayed in site 15 for 5 nights and 18 for 1 night in the Addison run section the only electric section with pets allowed (1 old cat) electric only, water was close by. So level we didn't need to do anything. We booked on line and when we checked in the agent at the gate asked how old we were and then promptly gave us a Maryland Park Service Golden Age pass holders ($10) and refunded us 71 from our booked reservation, 1/2 price camping for 62+ Sunday thru Thursday. ATT did not work at the camp ground section we were in, but we went 1/2 mile up the hill to another section, took lunch with us and was able to get cell service. The antenna TV was also pretty bad, so plan on outside time. The hiking is great, swimming, fishing and canoeing, lots to do. At the front entrance is a book exchange. The only downside are the conditions of the bathhouse in the Addison run loop, and they are pretty bad. Enough for me to take 1 star off for this perfect park. A razor and garbage stayed in one shower stall for 3 days. A broom to knock down cobwebs and other debris would help, mop the floors or clean with a hose, just to mention a few things. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15 18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

The site we stayed in "#25" was very level and had a water spigot right next to it. There are lots of trails to hike in and around the park. A very nice hike down to the falls (a couple of steep and rocky parts, but very doable for us 70 year old, out of shape) . Wear good shoes and you will be in good shape. Hiking poles come in handy as well. A very nice setting provided a great spot to play during a heavy rainstorm. There was a lot of activity down at the lake during the weekend, but things quieted down nicely during the week. There was a "Teardrop" rendezvous going on while we were there. Great folks who seemed to really enjoy their little trailers.

The roads were easy to navigate, but that is in reference to our rig of 28'. The road in was curvy and narrow (highway 77) and the road up to the campground loop (Addison) was pretty steep. I wouldn't recommend it for a big 5th wheel although there were a couple of large motorhomes there - they did unhook their cars before they came in . 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
25
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

We hit the Catoctin Breeze Vineyard for a tasting and came away with 4 bottles of great wine.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

What a beautiful park! We stayed in Addison Run Loop pet-friendly with electric, site #15. Fully shaded, quiet, very secluded, level, clean and NO bugs. The weather was cool so we could leave our camper doors open..until the torrential rains came on Saturday afternoon...about 3" worth! Wonderful hiking trails down to the Falls and the Lake, a little difficult so glad we had hiking shoes and poles. Didn't use bathroom facilities this trip but peaked inside and they looked clean with nice shower stalls. We have a 21' Class B campervan so size was not an issue at our site, however, I could see that larger rigs may have trouble with site size. Our loop had more tent campers than RVs, and with the rains I was reminded how nice it is to be warm and dry hunkered inside our camper! The park is quite hilly with lush old growth forest and rocky outcroppings. We also hiked part of the Catoctin Run trail, crossing mountain streams which swelled with the heavy rain. We will definitely be back to this lovely place. NOTE: One of the tent campers took a plastic tub filled with firewood from our site while we were out sightseeing in the van. When we found the tub missing and went to retrieve it, the thief said "Sorry dude, I thought you were gone." We usually leave miscellaneous items out when we daytrip, never anything of value, to let folks know the site is occupied. We camped at Cunningham Falls State Park - William Houck Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Addison 15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Saturday afternoon we drove the camper down to Frederick to check out the many local craft breweries...a nice rainy day activity.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Camped in a 15' Teardrop trailer in Site #7 Addison - only electric loop and also allows pets. Very level, heavily wooded, private and plenty of shade. Various water locations through out the loop to fill up a water container. Very spacious site as most are in the Maryland State Parks. Electric worked well and good location. Will definitely book this site again. When we were tent campers we always booked #105 in the Deer Spring Branch loop. Very private and huge site with lots of shade. We've also switched to a small one room cabins when the weather was going to be rainy and didn't want to set up camp in the rain. With the beauty of the cabin you can stay dry and still have a small front porch with overhang. Roomy outside to still do cooking, campfire and picnic table eating. Cunningham - Houck Area is a nice local state park that we have booked on numerous occasions. 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
7 Addison
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Try Rocky's NY Pizza, great prices, subs are huge. On Tippin Dr with other stores to do 1 stop shopping. Close to the campground, off 77 to right on Tippin Dr through the residential area. In season shop at Pryor Orchard, great selection and prices. N near Tippin Dr. Get the ADC map books for Frederick and Washington Counties so you can travel to the Frederick/Hagerstown areas using the back scenic roads. Lots of antique shopping in the area.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

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: 132
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 38

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: 71
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: 132
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 38

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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