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Elevation: 1,606 ft
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Description

Cunningham Falls State Park is located in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. It is divided into two separate areas: the William Houck Area on Route 77 has the lake area, falls, and camping and picnic areas. The Manor Area off Route 15 features camping and the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace.

Outdoor activity is everywhere at Cunningham Falls State Park. Leisure opportunities like swimming, hiking, fishing and canoeing are available. Known bouldering areas are along the Lower Trail and Cliff Trail from the Houck area to the park's eponymous falls, but outcroppings and boulders beckon from deeper in the woods. Much of the park is accessible only via trails or bushwhacking scrambles.

This area has no known guide and few established routes.

Park Map: dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclan…

Getting There

Cunningham Falls Park has two areas with facilities.

The Manor Area is located directly off of the Scenic Byway (US 15). Follow US 15 North from Frederick. The turnoff is well marked and is just past Catoctin Furnace. If you come to Thurmont exits, you've gone too far. No routes are known in this area.

The William Houck area is a little deeper in the mountains, but features many of the known routes and problems of the park. To get to Cunningham Falls parking lot, from Foxhill Rd (77) turn left onto Catoctin Hollow Rd, then right on North Beach Circle. Lot is on left side after you pass South Beach Circle. $3 per vehicle at kiosk on honor system.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cunningham Falls State Park

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V1 5
 11
Ground Squirrel Don't Care
Boulder
V1 5
 4
Plankton
Boulder
V2 5+
 3
Shartreuse
Boulder
V2 5+
 6
Nipple Twist Sit
Boulder
V2 5+
 8
Squirrel variation
Boulder
V3 6A
 10
Vasectomy
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
Lego Harry Potter
Boulder
V4 6B
 5
Harpoon
Boulder
V4 6B
 5
Belly Up
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
Special Relativity Right
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
Moral Relativity
Boulder
V5- 6C
 12
The Belly
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
Flying Squirrel
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 6
The Dish
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ground Squirrel Don't Care Cliff Trail Boulders
 11
V1 5 Boulder
Plankton Cliff Trail Boulders
 4
V1 5 Boulder
Shartreuse Cliff Trail Boulders
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
Nipple Twist Sit Cliff Trail Boulders
 6
V2 5+ Boulder
Squirrel variation Cliff Trail Boulders
 8
V2 5+ Boulder
Vasectomy Cliff Trail Boulders
 10
V3 6A Boulder
Lego Harry Potter Cliff Trail Boulders
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Harpoon Cliff Trail Boulders
 5
V4 6B Boulder
Belly Up Cliff Trail Boulders
 5
V4 6B Boulder
Special Relativity Right Cliff Trail Boulders
 4
V4 6B Boulder
Moral Relativity Cliff Trail Boulders
 4
V4 6B Boulder
The Belly Cliff Trail Boulders
 12
V5- 6C Boulder
Flying Squirrel Cliff Trail Boulders
 4
V5 6C Boulder
The Dish Cliff Trail Boulders
 6
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
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Ben Tipper
Baltimore, MD
Ben Tipper   Baltimore, MD
It would be helpful if this page was connected or a subset of the more established Catoctin mountain page here:
mountainproject.com/v/catoc… Apr 9, 2017

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