Cunningham Falls Upper Trail

MODERATE 50 reviews

Cunningham Falls Upper Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thurmont, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
347 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

river

waterfall

wildlife

snow

hiking
20 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Amazing!

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Short and easy hike.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nice hike with a wonderful kooking waterfall at the end.Enjoyable!

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Great trail! We did the Upper and Lower trails and they were both extremely enjoyable. We went off the beaten path to go and explore the waterfall more closely. There is a trail leading off that will lead you directly to the waterfall itself. We went at the beginning of May and it was pretty empty which was extremely nice!

Friday, April 28, 2017

lovely scenery, fun basic bouldering, nice new boardwalk to preserve and conserve the stream at the base of the falls

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

On the easier side of moderate. The falls come up fast; the rest of the hike doesn't have a clear destination unless you're satisfied with already having seen the falls in the first half mile, which is the easiest part of the hike.

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just went on it with my cousin and we had a great time, took lots of pic and had a fun time hiking. If you have a small kid make sure you stay with them at all time because some parts can get slippery.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

State park authority tries to limit liability by posting signs not to hike on the falls to protect the grasses. Its next to impossible for them to enforce as there are seemingly hundreds on the falls during the weekend. The trail itself is crazy easy to the falls and well maintained. The biggest challenge is avoiding the throngs in flip flops. The upper trail is moderately more difficult but uninteresting save for a couple of rock formations.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

The waterfall is disappointing, you can't get close to the waterfall and all the trails are easy. this place is more for kids under 13

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Not a bad hike. Less kids and people because the first section is pretty steep. My dog navigated the trails with no problems. The waterfall at the end was disappointing but a nice stop on a hot day. The view of the falls from the platform/patio they built is poor because the tree branches block the view. There were signs to stay off the falls but people were climbing all over the falls ruining any potential photo op.
All in all not a bad way to spend an hour but it wasn't very impressive.

hiking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nice hike, steep at times but moderate hike at best. Busy on a summer weekend at the lake near by the trail in the park. Not very long but scenic. Signs were posted NOT to go on the Fall. It seemed everyone did. I started to venture out but the sign explained that it was closed off to help the area grow. So much for the Outdoors lovers... Some like being out side, but don't care about the out doors.

hiking
Sunday, February 23, 2014

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. Not as many people as the lower trail but still a lot. Thanks to the snow there was a lot of water over the falls.

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