Summer Fun—Day 92: Hike and swim at Cunningham Falls State Park

Take the kids on an daylong or overnight adventure to see Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall.

Cunningham Falls State Park, located in Frederick County, has miles of trails, breathtaking waterfalls, and a natural lake, so your family can enjoy a hike and a refreshing dip after.

There are multiple trails that lead to the falls. The Lower Trail is easy and ½ mile while the ¾-mile Cliff Trail is rockier and leads to viewing platforms around the falls. For a longer hike, take the rocky Old Misery Trail for great views of the Catoctin Mountains.

Although swimming is not permitted in the waterfall, you can still cool off in Hunting Creek Lake, which is just a short walk from the falls and has lifeguards on duty during the summer from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cunningham Falls is a great spot for a day trip or an easy weekend getaway. The park has over 138 camping sites, 33 of which have electric hook up. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.

Admission to the park costs $3 per person on weekdays and $5 per person on weekends.

For more about trails and activities in the park, check out the Cunningham Falls State Park website.

For more areas like Cunningham Falls, check out our list of five cool hikes to Maryland waterfalls.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer page for daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.