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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 25
Ground Squirrel Don't Care
Boulder
V2 5+
 8
Shartreuse
Boulder
V2 5+
 15
Squirrel variation
Boulder
V2 5+
 6
Pork Belly
Boulder
V3 6A
 21
Vasectomy
Boulder
V3 6A
 5
What's the Plural of Doofus
Boulder
V4- 6B
 14
Moral Relativity
Boulder
V4 6B
 9
Flying Squirrel
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Harpoon
Boulder
V4 6B
 15
Belly Up
Boulder
V4 6B
 12
The Dish (Right Exit)
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Diesel Power
Boulder
V5- 6C
 26
The Belly
Boulder
V5 6C
 18
The Dish
Boulder
V7 7A+
 8
Baron Harkonnen
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ground Squirrel Don't Care Cliff Trail Boulders
 25
V1 5 Boulder
Shartreuse Cliff Trail Boulders
 8
V2 5+ Boulder
Squirrel variation Cliff Trail Boulders
 15
V2 5+ Boulder
Pork Belly Cliff Trail Boulders
 6
V2 5+ Boulder
Vasectomy Cliff Trail Boulders
 21
V3 6A Boulder
What's the Plural of Doofus Cliff Trail Boulders
 5
V3 6A Boulder
Moral Relativity Cliff Trail Boulders
 14
V4- 6B Boulder
Flying Squirrel Cliff Trail Boulders
 9
V4 6B Boulder
Harpoon Cliff Trail Boulders
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Belly Up Cliff Trail Boulders
 15
V4 6B Boulder
The Dish (Right Exit) Cliff Trail Boulders
 12
V4 6B Boulder
Diesel Power Cliff Trail Boulders
 3
V4 6B Boulder
The Belly Cliff Trail Boulders
 26
V5- 6C Boulder
The Dish Cliff Trail Boulders
 18
V5 6C Boulder
Baron Harkonnen Cliff Trail Boulders
 8
V7 7A+ Boulder
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