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PAST EVENTS 

First Day hikes

First Day Open House at Cunningham Falls State Park Concessions Building -

 

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Registration: Not required
Date/Time: 1/1/24 1 PM-3 PM
Meeting Location: South Beach Concessions Building of William Houck Area
Distance: Open House
Address: 14274 William Houck Dr., Thurmont, MD 21788
Description: On New Year's Day (only), Join park staff before or after your self guided hike from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Concessions building for an Open House. A fire will be burning inside to warm up next to and hot drinks available (suggested donations to the Friends of CFSP & GSP). Outside of those hours, use the sign in the binder at the trailhead to tell us where you're from, how many are in your party and get a sticker.

Additional Details: Stroller accessible, no pets permitted inside building but there is seating right outside. Park entrance fee applies of $3/MD vehicle or $5/out of state vehicle, cash and check only paid at the honor box at park entrance.

Additional Information: Email: cunninghamfalls.statepark@maryland.gov

SELF GUIDED HIKE - 


Lower Falls to Cliff Trail - Self-Guided Hike
Date/Time: 12/30 - 1/1
Distance: 1 mile roundtrip or 1.5 miles roundtrip
Address: 14274 William Houck Dr., Thurmont, MD 21788
Description: Hike to Cunningham Falls to start the new year with some exercise! From 12/30/23-1/1/24, use posted signage at the Falls Trailhead to self guide yourself on the Lower Falls Trail to see the falls and then back on the Cliff Trail. The option is there to return on the same trail you hiked there on to make it 1 mile instead. The Lower Falls trail is gravel with one larger downhill. The Cliff trail is more strenuous and includes navigating around large boulders and walking on rocks that could be slippery. Use the sign in the binder at the trailhead to tell us where you're from, how many are in your party and get a sticker.

Additional Details: Lower Falls trail is accessible with a stroller that has larger wheels. The Cliff Trail is not suitable for strollers. Leashed pets welcome. Park entrance fees are cash/check only $3/MD vehicle, $5/out of state vehicle at honor box at the park's contact booth

Additional Information: Email: cunninghamfalls.statepark@maryland.gov

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MOVIE NIGHTS!

Enjoy fun family entertainment at Gambrill State Park’s Tea Room with

The Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks.

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The Friends will host family favorite Paw Patrol: The Movie rated PG. The parks’ family movie season continues Saturday, November 4th with free popcorn while supplies last.

Movie Night at Gambrill Park
Presents South & Saints
A Devised Piece in partnership with AARCH Society and The Maryland Room at C. Burr Artz Library
November 4, 2023 8:00pm

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Friends 10K - 5K
and Fun Run/Walk

Sunday- November 5, 2023
Thurmont, MD
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RACE RESULTS are in!

meet our RACE sponsors

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Friends 10K - 5K
and Fun Run/Walk

Sunday- November 5, 2023
Thurmont, MD
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  Registration now open!  

"Become a race Corporate Sponsor"

The 8th annual Friends footrace occurs at the peak of fall foliage in the cool, crisp air.  Early-bird discount for registrants in Summer 2023.  Family-friendly, food, prizes and a great race t-shirt.

The paved 5K begins and ends at the Lake parking lot, and includes "The Hill".  The 10K is a challenging double-loop of the 5K course.  The un-timed 1.4-mile Fun Run/Walk is at your own pace.  

For more information and Registration:

For Corporate Sponsorship information, please CONTACT US.

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sunday - August 20, 2023 - 2:00-4:00pm

Tea in the Tea Room is BACK

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Formal tea service, luncheon, and scones, with the 60-mile view from the balcony of this historic CCC-era structure.  The Tea Room is in the High Knob Scenic Area of Gambrill State Park.  Proceeds benefit the non-profit Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks.

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Saturday and Sunday

MAY 20 & 21, 2023 

Saturday - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Annual Maple Syrup Festival

WEEKENDS OF:
March 11-12 and March 18-19, 2023

Come celebrate the annual Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park!

 

Guests can watch staff demonstrate the traditional way of boiling sap into syrup, listen to live bluegrass music, and take a hayride through the Maple Grove. 

Proceeds from the Maple Syrup Festival benefit the nonprofit Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks.

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Friends 10K / 5K
and Fun- Run/Walk

"Become a race Corporate Sponsor"
Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 9 am

 

The 7th annual Friends footrace occurs at the peak of fall foliage in the cool, crisp air.  Early-bird discount for registrants in Spring, 2022.  Family-friendly, food, prizes and a great race t-shirt.

The paved 5K begins and ends at the Lake parking lot, and includes "The Hill".  The 10K is a challenging double-loop of the 5K course.  The un-timed 1.4-mile Fun Run/Walk is at your own pace.  

For more information and Registration:

For Corporate Sponsorship information, please CONTACT US.

Shooting Star

Westminster Astronomy Society Program

Register for this event or contact for questions here:

October 1 

 

Join the Westminster Astronomy Society during the day to view the Sun through a solar telescope, and then come back in the evening to view the stars through telescopes.  Free with payment of park entrance fees.  Rain cancels.


2 pm - 5 pm.  South Beach parking lot of the William Houck Area, Cunningham Falls Park
9 pm - 11 pm.  Dam Overlook on Catoctin Hollow Rd. Cunningham Falls Park 
 

see more programs offered at the parks on our facebook page!
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Meet the Park Manager, Storybook Hike, and more!

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Friends 10K / 5K
and Fun Run/Walk

NOV/7/2021

We are pleased to announce the Friends

10K / 5K and Fun Run/Walk will return on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 9 am in Cunningham Falls State Park's William Houck Area.  

 

Technical t-shirt (timed runners only), cooler air, lovely autumn scenery.  We have designed our packet pick up and race day experience to be low-contact as the pandemic simmers.  

 

The course is the same (yes, it still includes "The Hill").

 

An Early-bird registration discount is available through July, so don't miss out: 

We hope to see you on November 7th!

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FISHING RODEO

Saturday

April 16, 2022

 

9 am - 12 noon

Anglers age 15 and younger are invited to fish in the pond at Gambrill State Park.  All participants must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing tackle and bait.  Free, limit 35 participants.

 

To reserve your space, call the park at 301-271-7574 or email:

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Maryland Iron Festival

May 21-22, 2022

10 am - 5 pm

Celebrate our region's history as an early center for iron making at this annual family-friendly festival. Blacksmithing, hands-on casting and molding demonstrations.  At the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace on MD 806.  Free entry.

 

For more information, visit:

meet our sponsors

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