Maple Syrup Festival

The 48th Annual Maple Syrup Festival will be held on March 10, 11, 17 and 18. The festival takes place from 10 to 2:00 at the Houck Lake Area of Cunningham Falls State Park. Delicious food will be served including pancakes, sausage, sausage sandwiches and other items for an additional fee. Maple syrup products will be sold including maple syrup, maple cream and maple candy. A maple syrup making demonstration will start every hour. Kids can enjoy free games, stories and crafts in a large, heated tent. Live music will be provided by local bands. Pets are welcome in the William Houck area except in the dining/food service areas and on beaches. Pets must be leashed at all times.
This is a cash only event.

A donation of $3 per person is requested in lieu of the park entry fee. Youth group members are $2 per person. Children in safety seats are free. All money collected goes to the Friends of Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambrill State Park. The "Friends" is a non-profit organization which has supported Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks since 1996. Previous "Friends" donations to the parks include Polaris vehicles, skid loader, rescue boat and motor, handicapped beach wheelchair, AEDs, power tools and other items.

Directions: US Route 15 North from Frederick Maryland. Exit at Maryland Route 77 and continue west on 77. Turn left on Catoctin Hollow Road (just past the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center). Follow the signs for the Falls parking and turn right into the Houck Lake Area. Click on the map picture for directions.

Spring in the Village, Art at the Furnace Festival

Saturday May 5, 10 to 5 and Sunday May 6, noon to 5

Welcome in spring at the 7th annual Spring in the Village/Art at the Furnace festival. Historic house tours, craft demonstrations and children’s activities throughout the historic sites of the Catoctin Furnace. Arts, crafts, flowers, plants and more. Food, beer, wine and baked goods. The Landless Theater Company will perform songs from the musical, 1776. A Fife and Drum Corps will also perform. Free admission. Park at Cunningham Falls State Park Manor Area and use the shuttle for easy access to the festival.
Catoctin Furnace, Maryland is a Frederick County Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All proceeds from this event will benefit the restoration and maintenance of the historic furnace, casting shed, retaining wall and Ironmaster’s Manor House.
Click on the links below for more information.

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society,
12525 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.

Catoctin Forest Alliance

Harriet Chapel

* Tea at Gambrill State Park, Frederick, Maryland * October 7, 2018, 3 to 5 PM

It's tea time at Gambrill State Park. The Park staff invites guests of all ages to join them for a tea service complete with scrumptious goodies and a presentation from guest speaker. The tea will include an assortment of teas, gourmet tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. The event will take place in the Tea Room, a native stone building constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s. The Tea Room is located in the park's High Knob Area, featuring beautiful views of the Frederick and Middletown valleys. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambrill State Park in partnership with the Maryland Park Service.

The cost is $25 per person. Seating is limited to 30. Advanced registation is required. Registration starts March 10, 2018.

Please use the Paypal button below to make your reservation. For more information, contact the Park at 301-271-7574.

Note: If the the Tea is sold out, the Paypal button redirects you to the Friends home page. Please email and request to be added to the waiting list.

Fourth Annual Friends 10K, 5K and Fun Run/Walk

October 28, 2018
Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park

Please join us for the fourth Annual Friends 10K, 5K and Fun Run/Walk in beautiful Cunningham Falls State Park. This is a family friendly event with food and prizes. The race course is in the William Houch Area of the park, with views of Hunting Creek Lake and the Catoctin Mountains. Much of the course is shaded by a mixed hardwood forest. Discount for early registration. Walk up registration is available at the event for $40 per person for the 10K and 5K race and $10 per person for the fun run/walk.

9:00 AM: 10K and 5K – Challenging, paved course near Hunting Creek Lake in Cunningham Falls Park’s Houck Area.
9:02 AM Fun Run / Walk – A paved 1.4-mile stroller-friendly event near Hunting Creek Lake and Cunningham Falls.

For information and online registration use the link below. Friends 10K 5K and Fun Run/Walk registration

To sponsor the race, please use the donate button below.
Note: This is not the race registration link.