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Cunningham Falls State Park Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Christopher Peterson on Nov 21, 2016  with updates from IanHall


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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.

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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.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cunningham Falls State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cunningham Falls State Park:
Lego Harry Potter   V3 6A     Boulder   Cliff Trail Boulders
Vasectomy   V3 6A     Boulder   Cliff Trail Boulders
Belly Up   V4 6B     Boulder   Cliff Trail Boulders
The Belly   V5 6C     Boulder   Cliff Trail Boulders
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Featured Route For Cunningham Falls State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: The Belly (Jonah Boulder)

The Belly V5 6C  Maryland : Catoctin Mountain Park : ... : Cliff Trail Boulders
It is located on the overhanging corner of the boulder that has a cut down tree behind it. Sit start as low as possible on an undercling and crimps and climb out underneath the prow until you come to the lip. Either wrestle the long sloper out and right until you can get some good jugs to top out, or stay left and throw for a good crimp on the face toping out through the slab. Two sets of beta, same grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in Maryland

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By Ben Tipper
Apr 9, 2017
It would be helpful if this page was connected or a subset of the more established Catoctin mountain page here:
By IanHall
Apr 24, 2017
I agree about linking Cunningham Falls State Park with Catoctin National Park. They are right next to each other and access was opened to both at the same time.

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