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Thurmont in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Cunningham Falls
locally known as McAfee Falls

Cunningham Falls State Park
 
Cunningham Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, October 22, 2011
1. Cunningham Falls Marker
 
Inscription. Big Hunting Creek begins just west of this spot in a series of seeps and springs atop the Foxville Plateau. The creek flows over the Falls into Hunting Creek Lake (also known as Cunningham Falls Lake) and along MD Route 77. The creek is designated as a Catch-and-Return Trout stream. Eventually, Big Hunting Creek flows into the Monocacy River, then into the Potomac River and finally reaches the Chesapeake Bay.

The McAfee family was one of the original settlers in this area. The federal government acquired this land from the McAfee family in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation was developing what was then known as Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area. In the 1950s, the area south of MD Route 77 was given to the State of Maryland, and named Cunningham Falls State Park after a local photographer who made the area popular with his photographs and postcards. The area north of MD Route 77 was retained by the federal government and is known as Catoctin Mountain Park.
 
Location. 39° 36.612′ N, 77° 26.508′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Rocky Ridge Road (MD Route 77). Click for map. Marker is on the wooden trail from the parking lot to the Falls. Marker is in this post office area: Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
 
Cunningham Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, October 22, 2011
2. Cunningham Falls Marker
 
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. A Tradition of Conservation (approx. 1.7 miles away); Thurmont (approx. 1.9 miles away); Creeger House (approx. 1.9 miles away); To the Unknown Dead (approx. 1.9 miles away); Thurmont Memorial Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); "Isabella" and Casting Shed (approx. 2.6 miles away); Catoctin Iron Furnace (approx. 2.6 miles away); Catoctin Furnace (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Thurmont.

 
Cunningham Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, October 22, 2011
3. Cunningham Falls Marker
 
 
Cunningham Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, October 22, 2011
4. Cunningham Falls Marker
 
 
Cunningham Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, October 22, 2011
5. Cunningham Falls Marker
 
 
Cunningham Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, October 22, 2011
6. Cunningham Falls Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 171 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 20, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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