Cunningham Falls Lower Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, MD that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Thurmont, MD: Travel MD State Route 77 west approximately 4 miles turning left onto Catoctin Hollow Road. Travel about a mile turning right into the William Houck Area. Travel past the campground road to reach trailhead parking in about 0.5 mile.
The trail was a good level for us and our 11 and 13 year old children. As a kid, I remember wading in the water and climbing all over the rocks when we got to the falls. Now, they have signs up everywhere that you are not permitted to leave the trail or touch the water in any way. They even have constructed wood trails and "viewing areas" with guard rails to discourage you from going anywhere near the falls themselves. Kind of disappointing for my children...
Beautiful trail with the waterfall for a punch line. I was surprised at how many people were on the trail in spite of all the snow. But thanks to the snow there was a lot of water over the falls.