Cunningham Falls State Park

March 15th, 2008

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day outside, as slowly but surely, spring is pushing winter on its way. To take advantage of the favorable weather, we decided to take a day trip to Cunningham Falls State Park, near Thurmont, MD.

Cunningham Falls State Park

It just so happens that this weekend, the park was having a maple-syrup festival, where they gave live demonstrations of how they tap maple trees for their sweet sap and boil it down into pancake syrup. We stayed around a little while, listening to the demonstration, but soon found ourselves out on the trails, for which we came.
Cunningham Falls State Park

The forest in this park is very rocky, with rock outcroppings all over the place. Even most of the trails are littered with rocks, large and small, and of course, moss is decorating nearly all of the rocks.

Cunningham Falls State Park

I couldn’t have attached the moss on the rock below any better than nature itself. Beautiful, with the full covering, and yet enough gaps exposing the rock underneath. In fact, now I’m going to have to try and actually duplicate this kind of wonderful moss/rock work in my aquarium one of these days.

Cunningham Falls State Park

To start out, we took the trails that everyone takes to get to the park’s main attraction — the falls. Being a series of cascading falls, descending what is probably 4-5 stories, they are pretty impressive. Below is a picture of the bottom two sections of the falls.

Cunningham Falls State Park

Finally, we headed off to some more difficult and less frequented trails so that we could take in the forest, believing we were the only humans around. (For the most of the hike, that was the reality.) While the forest was still bare from winter, many of the trees had buds, ensuring that if we came back in a couple months, the woods would be entirely new.

Cunningham Falls State Park

7 Responses to “Cunningham Falls State Park”

  1. Denise Says:

    oooh that last photo is stunning!

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks Denise! That was a huge tree up close. 🙂

  3. Jason Says:

    I always enjoy reading about your outings and seeing what the terrain is like on the opposite coast.

  4. Tennessee Mom Says:

    Wow, Thurmont, I haven’t heard that name in 30 years. There used to be a horse auction there. I was around 8 years old and my mother used to make me ride the horses in the auction ring. I remember it being late at night and it seemed everyone there was drunk. I can still see bits and pieces of the place in my mind! Thanks for the trip to the past, lol 🙂

  5. guitarfish Says:

    Glad to be able to bring back a few memories for you. 🙂

  6. MommaFerg Says:

    Kris, What lovely pictures! I love bare trees. Their branches are so lovely and graceful, as well as somewhat lonely. They are so deceiving. They appear so barren and devoid of life only to burst into life once again, come spring!

    Thanks for sharing. XXOO

  7. guitarfish Says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the photos MommaFerg. 🙂 You guys would love it out there. It’s only a day-trip away!