Explore the most popular hiking trails in Cunningham Falls State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
16 days ago

I did not think that the trail was moderate. I took the cliff trail up to the falls, which had nice terrain and was a good workout. The falls trail was easy.

on Cat Rock

hiking
16 days ago

This trail is deceptively easy at the beginning but is quite challenging for beginners in the last 1/4 of the trail prior to Cat Rock. I loved it!

Easy trail but you could hardly see the waterfall.

Nice hike uphill to the North and South overlooks. Saw a beautiful timber rattlesnake sunbathing on the South overlook.

Great...I'd definitely do it again.

Super easy trail. Great for kids.

We visited the falls after a few good days of rain and the flow was amazing. The signage at the trailhead shows it as a 1/2 mile out and back. To make it a loop you must take the cliff trail for a bit.

Cute place to swim in waterfalls!

The first 1.2 miles are uphill and moderate to hard steep. Only water source is .5 mile up the trail so bring 2 liters of water to be safe. When rock scrambling up to Cat Rock be very careful if there is any moisture. Rocks will be slick as ice.
Once heading leaving Cat Rock you'll climb another 200ft or so and then mostly flat. Once getting to Bob's Hill be VERY CAREFUL OF A RATTLE SNAKE ! Saw a 4ft rattler sun bathing on the overlook to the right. I've lived in there area my whole life and have never seen a rattle snake in the woods and I have spent a ton of time out here. Enjoy your hike !

so I've only been hiking since March 2018. I did Bob's hill only from the William houck parking lot.

It's about 1.8 miles straight up! being a beginner this was a tough trail. for 9 tenths of the mile you go up up up and when you get to almost a mile it levels out for a second then you climb for about 2 tenths of a mile more til your legs wanna fall off and it levels out for a bit. how ever your still on an incline. when you get to the last 2 tenths of a mile it's straight up again.

bring plenty if water and perhaps a protein bar.

When you reach Bob's hill you can go left or right to see the views which make this climb well worth the struggle.

two things...i did come across a snake on the south side. almost stepped on it! could of been a corn snake or copperhead. I didn't wanna find out.

secondly take care coming down if you don't continue to cat rock. with all the rain the trail is very slippery and I slid down the log timber "steps" at the beginning of the decent and got a nice bruise not only on my back but my ego as well.

someone advised me to take a walking stick. it helps if you come across a snake. I was the only one on this trail.

only did 8 miles to Bob's hill and back . nice hike with doggos

4 months ago

ez pz

first time hiker. Bob's hill was tough but pretty proud that I did it. won't be my last trip

Great hike. Nice views from Bob's Hill

Was 100% worth my time. You’re going to be hiking up at a steep angle immediately, which I appreciate. It also gets moderately wet on the way up. Cat Rock is fun to climb and Bob’s Hill has two amazing views.

The cliff trail is rated moderate but it’s really more easy- moderate. I highly recommend doing the cliff trail to the falls. Nice rocks for bouldering as well.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike.

The falls were a disappointment, and it was difficult to get a good view anyway because there were railings preventing you from getting close.

First attended the Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park, then I hiked this trail. There were nice views of the waterfalls. This was a very nice hike.

My second hike today and I got different view of the frozen waterfall

Hiked this 11 mile long out-and-back trek a week before Christmas, starting from the Manor Area Visitor Center, covering both the blue trail and the yellow trail. The yellow trail between the two Bob’s Hill Overlooks and Cat Rock was very quiet. I only saw a handful of other hikers on the two uphill sections of this hike. The sunken trail leading up to Bob’s Hill was covered with fallen leaves at this time of the year. Careful with this section, particularly if you hike down this section as lose rocks may be hidden beneath leave piles.

It took me 5 hours to complete the hike, taking many stops for overlook views and for snacks along the way.

If you agree that the nearby Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail (8.6 miles) should be rated as hard, then I think this Cat Rock/Bob’s Hill Out-and-back hike should also be rated as hard.

brought my min-pin this time, he had a blast

Short and easy hike.

Very easy for people who are new at hiking or can’t go very far distances. The hike led to a scenic waterfall. Good for families and small children. To get back to the parking lot you could take a different route called Cliffs Trail and my family and I took that route. Cliffs trail was a bit bumpy and it was quite and incline but it was still great for us!

The trail wasn't exactly the easiest to find from the lake parking lot, but I just followed the people. The restrooms were near the trail entrance. Once on the trail, it was well marked, and little steep at times. Not sure I would have listed it as easy. It certainly was not flat. It's a 1/2mile to the waterfall. There is a deck overlook, however trees were blocking the actual view of the falls from the designated lookout spot. I think maybe because of the time of year, the waterfall was more of a trickle. I made my way back, retracing my steps and then spent some time walking near the lake. The parking lot for the lake and trails is plentiful.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

short an easy with 4 year old. nice water fall at the end with lots of rocks to climb around on

Be extremely careful of the Copperhead snakes that sunbath and hang out in the cracks of the giant rocks at Bob's Hill overlook. Our group were mere inches from a decent sized copperhead and it was well camouflaged.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

This trail was a perfect family hike. Our 2.5 year old was able to hike by himself and we pushed our 8 mo old in our BOB stroller. This is a stroller friendly hike for those looking for one.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

The trail was a bit shorter than I'd expected. The view was beautiful however there wasn't too far to venture in this location.

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