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Friends of
Cunningham Falls
and Gambrill State Parks


To support and enhance the programs and recreational offerings of Maryland's Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks through charitable contributions and in-kind donations.

for these Upcoming Events in 2024



JUNE (Check for Updates) to OCTOBER

Details Coming Soon!



Details Coming Soon!

Photo (L-R):

Maryland Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller, Friends President James Baker

Park Manager Mark Spurrier, Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater

City of Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird

noteworthy news~

At the 53d annual Maple Syrup Festival on March 16, the Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks were presented with a State of Maryland Governor's Citation. 


This was a high honor for the Friends and an exciting opportunity to meet and socialize with our Lieutenant Governor.


Official dispatch from the Maryland Park Service

The sewer line replacement project along Route 77 in Frederick County has been completed ahead of schedule, which means that the William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park will reopen on Saturday, May 18 and the campground will open on Thursday, May 23.


Route 77 will remain closed until May 23 so detours will remain in place until then.
Please plan accordingly.



to our organization

The Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks, Inc. is a support group for Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks. Our members consist of local residents, representatives of the surrounding business community, campers and people like you who care about the park and want to be a part of making a difference for its future. The park needs this outside base of volunteers to maintain the high level of service the community has come to expect.


The Friends strive to generate financial support necessary for supplementing the park's budget. All proceeds go directly into the parks. You can see this in improvements such as the the renovated Nature Center at High Rock Scenic Area of Gambrill State Park, tree plantings, new safety equipment, updated vehicles and heavy equipment. We also provide continuing support for events such as the "Maple Syrup Festival", "Tea In The Tea Room" and the "Friends 10K, 5K and Fun Run Race".

Become a friend... 



James Baker, President 
Christine Patterson, Vice President

Kathy Byrne, Treasurer  /  Mary Miller, Secretary / Rick Canter, Past President


Victoria Anderson / Stuart Frazier / Erin Gambrill / Roberto Juarez 

Matthew Lindbergdashwork / Michele Maze / Mel Poole / Chris Trone / Amy Whitney

a message from the park ManAger

"Volunteers are a critical aspect to the daily operation of both Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks.

Whether you desire to serve as a camp host, member of a trail maintenance crew, as a volunteer ranger, to help out at a special event, or as a supportive member and advocate of our Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks, there's a role tailored to your time and talents. You might even have a skill that we didn't know we needed until you took the initiative to share it with us!


I invite you to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Claudia Padilla, via the park office or through e-mail at to request a volunteer application and discuss opportunities to serve your natural resources, your neighbors and yourselves. Your contribution is priceless."

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