Beautiful Places on a Fall Day in Frederick County

Frederick County is located in a beautiful part of the state of Maryland.  Surrounded on the north by the Catoctin Mountains, on the west by the Allegheny’s and by rolling hills and picturesque farmland and pastures on other sides.  The months of October and November are the perfect time to take a ride to some of these sites, with camera in hand.

Here are some pictures from an October weekend in Cunningham Falls State Park:

Cunningham Falls State Park Cunningham Falls State Park derives its name from a scenic 78-foot waterfall, which is the largest, cascading waterfall in the State of Maryland. Before the first Europeans arrived, many Native American tribes hunted and fished the area of Cunningham Falls State Park. Tradition says the name “Catoctin” came from a tribe, the Kittoctons, who once lived at the foot of the mountains near the Potomac River.
Painter at Cunningham Falls Cunningham Falls State Park
Early settlers used timber from the forests to make charcoal to fuel the Catoctin Iron Furnace. The furnace was built in 1778 and was used to supply iron to the Continental Army of George Washington. Of the three furnaces built, only one, known as Isabella, remains today. Cunningham Falls State Park
  The 44-acre Hunting Creek Lake offers swimming in three designated areas with lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Canoe and paddleboat rentals are available during the summer season. A boat ramp is located off Catoctin Hollow Road and watercraft may be launched for a small service charge. Gasoline motors are prohibited. An accessible fishing pier is adjacent to the boat ramp. Big Hunting Creek flows through the lake and provides year round fly fishing opportunities. Bird watching and hunting are also popular. Hunting Creek Lake at Cunningham Falls State Park

Some of wildlife seen in the park: whitetail deer, turkey, fox, squirrel, raccoon, skunk, chipmunk and many other species. An occasional black bear is spotted in the park. Songbirds, woodpeckers and birds of prey can often be seen while hiking the trails. Small creatures such as butterflies, moths, salamanders, skinks and box turtles also inhabit the woods. While hiking the trails in spring see the flowering trees, blooming wildflowers and shrubs. The white blooms of dogwood and the pink flowers of mountain laurel are sprinkled throughout the forest. Fall promises spectacular forest colors.

A panoramic of Hunting Creek Lake

Cunningham Falls State Park is located near Thurmont, Maryland, 18 miles north of Frederick, Md.  14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont Md  21788


Don’t let the Fall pass by without a few trips to some of our beautiful Frederick County, State and National Parks!


Karen Highland

I'm a real estate agent, real estate blogger, communications director, a wife, mom (empty nest - yay!), dog-lover, and wine-lover. Frederick Md is a great place to live, work and brag about! The Highland Group. 301-401-5119 Google

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