Explore the most popular waterfall trails near Thurmont with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice, easy trail. Saw a whitetail and the falls were pretty!

This is a beautiful forested trail with some moderate climbs. We tacked on a portion of the Thurmond Vista trail for some additional distance and views, cutting back to the visitors center before Wolf rock (roughly 6 miles total). It took us about 2hrs 40 min with some stops to take in the views and the falls. Recommend going counterclockwise.

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

Not a big fan of this one. This felt like a long walk in the woods. The woods are beautiful, but there is no “real” overlook. I did not get the sense of a “summit”. Lastly, Cunningham Falls was a little disappointing. I expected more. Plus, the fact that the falls is not technically part of the hike(it has its own parking lot) took away some of the experience to me.

Fantastic trail! Well marked and challenging but worth the views.

Super easy trail. Great for kids.

Good time to go in summer especially after the rains when the fall has good amount of running water. Had a great time climbing the rocks along the fall. I wouldn’t say it is an ‘easy’ hike but a moderate to hard one. You can also sit by the river which is near the parking lot and enjoy a picnic. Will definitely go again.

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.

It was good not that great. but you will have couple of good views up there. for me its good experience because i climbed rock which is little bit challenging.

We really enjoyed this hike. With the easy rating, we expected it to be flat but were pleasantly surprised by the inclines.

Cute place to swim in waterfalls!

Great hike! Cooler than staying in DC! Lots of boulders to climb!

great loop, beautiful vistas. the falls were somewhat crowded.

Fun trail with nice views, good elevation changes, and friendly people. Most of the hike is in the shade with a good halfway point parking lot with bathroom and picnic tables.

Probably one of the best hikes for the area!! Crossing the road to get to the falls was a little precarious and some of the trail has stretches that run alongside the road unfortunately. It did have some fun challenges though and wolf rock was pretty cool to see! Definitely recommend doing it counterclockwise. I did also catch a woodpecker in action!!

Very nice people helping us get to know trials

hiking
3 months ago

Expected it to be more flat but had a good time.

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.

easy, well maintained trail that the whole family can do - there is even an option that is ADA accessible (parking along a road only w/ handicap passes & a flat boardwalk to a large observation area with benches) we went in early july and enjoyed the freshly ripened raspberries that surrounded the trail

Pretty easy hike. It only took me about 3.8 hours but it was worth the drive. views were cool and the waterfalls was a nice one.

Great Saturday morning hike. I wouldn’t call the loop a hard hike, maybe a medium hike.

Views weren’t great. the waterfall was nice, but wasn’t part of the extended loop

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.

Lots of great lookouts along this trail. I would say hiking it normal and save Chimney Rock for last!

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

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. The waterfall was frozen.

nice easy trail. waterfall is completely frozen right now. still pretty but it doesn't really look like a waterfall.

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