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Status: Open through Sun Oct 26 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Oct 19 2015   Later Dates

Non-Site-Specific Reservation:

Park staff will assign you a site during check-in.
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Reservation Window: Mon Oct 20 2014 – Mon Oct 19 2015

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Departure date:
Check-out: N/A

Site Details:

  • Site Type: Bus
  • Min Num of People: 1
  • Max Num of People: 50
  • Looking For Category: Bus Reservation

Alerts and Important Information


Road Construction - Catoctin Hollow Road

Beginning Monday, August 18, 2014, State Highway Administration plans to begin fixing the wing wall over Hunting Creek on Catoctin Hollow Road. Work will be done during the day Monday through Thursday. Expect delays due to single lane traffic. Construction will only affect the Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park; not the Manor Area.


  • Check in is at 8:00 am and check out is at 8:00 pm
  • Park closes at Sunset
  • No same day arrival reservations
  • Monday thru Friday reservations only. Weekends and Holiday bus reservations must be referred to the park, 301-271-7574
  • Maximum of 8 bus or van (15 passenger in van or larger) reservations per day
  • No Pets are allowed
  • Picnic tables/grills are available on a first come, first serve basis. Bus reservation does not guarantee a picnic area
  • Groups are responsible for the removal of all their trash
  • Buses are required to stop and register at the contact station upon arrival
  • In case of inclement weather, it is the group leaders responsibility to contact the park to be certain facilities are open. Park Management reserves the right to reduce staffing and/or restrict park usage in the case of inclement weather or facility emergency.
  • Manor Area does not require bus reservations, pay using the honor system. Houck Area requires bus reservations.
  • Document number of persons with each bus reservation. This will assist the park staff in scheduling sufficient lifeguard coverage for that day.
  • VANS:

    Vans containing 15 passengers or more are considered buses. If a customer has more than one van but the total capacity is less than 50 people, it will be considered a single bus reservation. This includes a caravan of cars so long as the number does not exceed 50 people.


    Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Swimming is permitted when lifeguards are not on duty but is at your own risk. Swimming is allowed only in the roped areas of the lake. Swimming opportunities are not always guaranteed. It is your responsibility to call the Park Office at least two days prior to your arrival to check current swimming conditions. Be aware the cancellation policy is still in effect.


    A Youth Group must consist of a ratio of 1 adult (age 18 and older) per 5 children; this ratio must be maintained at all times.

    Must present valid Youth Group Pass upon arrival at park, copy will not be accepted.

    A roster of all children and adults is required upon arrival at the park. The roster must contain an emergency contact person who will be responsible for the group. The emergency contact must be present at the park with the group.

    Group leaders are responsible for the actions of their group and required to follow park rules and regulations posted on bulletin boards throughout the park. If group fails to comply, you will be asked to leave the park. No refunds will be given and future reservations may be cancelled.


    Bus reservation service charges are non-refundable.

    Admitted Free: Children buckled in safety seats; 62 or older with MD Golden Age Pass; Golden Age Pass requires a $10 fee; and, persons with MD Universal Disability Pass.

    Youth Groups: With valid Youth Group Pass admittance is free up to 50 people. Additional persons over the initial 50 are charged $1 per person upon arrival. Youth Group Pass Number must be documented within reservation. Without a valid Youth Group Pass and entering under a reservation the group will be charged $1 per person. Summer Camps and Day Cares are charged $1 per person.

    Non Youth Groups:All other Non Youth Groups and organizations consisting of families (adults and children) arriving on a bus, will be charged per person: MD residents $3 weekday and $5 weekend/holidays; out-of-state $5 weekday and $7 weekend/holidays.


    The consumption or possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage will be prohibited in all state park areas with the exception of interior areas of motorhomes. .

    For additional alcohol policy information, visit our web site at:

    Due to the potential threat of the Emerald Ash Borer, the Maryland Department Natural Resources has prohibited the importation of personal firewood into all DNR owned and managed properties. Please do not bring firewood with you from home when visiting a DNR property.

    After office hours, Contact PARK WATCH: 1-800-825-PARK (7275), or 1-410-260-8888,

    Prices are subject to change without notice.

    Maryland State Parks are 'Trash-Free'. All trash must be removed by group. Please bring sufficient large trash bags for trash removal.




    There are two separate locations of Cunningham Falls State Park. The distance between the two areas is 6.3 miles.

    William Houck Area located 3 miles west of Thurmont, Maryland on Route 77.

    Manor Area located 3 miles south of Thurmont, Maryland off Route 15.

    Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
    +When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.