Cunningham Falls and Gambrill: October Events

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Saturdays and Sundays: Museum of the Ironworker
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
12610 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788

Learn about the workers who built the historic village and powered the Catoctin Furnace. Exhibits include amazing façade reconstructions and an innovative "under the floorboards" archaeology feature. Free of charge.


Saturdays and Sundays: Aviary Open
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.                                                               
6709 Cunningham Falls Park Road, Thurmont, MD 21788

Visit the park's aviary to see our ten birds of prey including a bald eagle, kestrel, various owls, hawks, and more. See the park's land turtles before they start hibernation and the 93-pound snapping turtle in his outdoor pond. 


October 1: Solar Viewing at the Lake
2-5 p.m. at South Beach Parking Lot
14274 William Houck Drive, Thurmont, MD 21788

Check out the active sunspots on our favorite star with members of the Westminster Astronomical Society. Rain cancels program. Event free with park entrance fees.


October 1: Night Sky
8-10 p.m. at Dam Overlook Parking Lot
14372 Catoctin Hollow Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788

Join members of the Westminster Astronomical Society to view the night sky with scopes. Rain cancels program. No cost.

October 7 and 8: Fall Fest at the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace
12610 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
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fall fest


October 10 and 19: Invasive Weed Pulls
10 a.m. - noon at the Falls Trailhead
14274 William Houck Drive, Thurmont, MD 21788

Become a weed warrior! Join Volunteer Anne Kerns to pull invasive plants and plant natives. Wear long pants, sleeves, leather work gloves, and work boots. Event is weather-dependent. RSVP required to  

October 15: Spirits of the Furnace at the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace
12610 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
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Tea room

October 5: Tea Room Open House
4-7 p.m. at the Gambrill State Park Tea Room
8346 High Knob Road, Frederick, MD 21702

The Tea Room is a rustic building constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The facility accommodates 55 people and remains a popular venue for events including baby showers, business meetings, family reunions, and weddings. Whether you wish to hold an event or are just curious about the space, all are welcome to this open house event. No RSVP necessary.

Unless otherwise noted, events are held rain or shine, free and fun for all ages; donations are always welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dress for the weather/activity, wear sunscreen and insect repellent, bring plenty of water and snacks, and check for ticks.

Please call 301-271-3676 for additional information or to register.

Cunningham Falls staff also manages Gambrill State Park.

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Donations in any amount are a helpful way to make a difference. Thank you!

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Annual Pass Available for Purchase
$75 for Marylanders; $100 for out-of-state visitors

Our annual State Parks and Trails Passport grants unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. 

To enhance convenience and value, this year's pass will arrive in a self-contained packet with a detachable hang-tag, and will be valid for a full year from the month of purchase. 

Our network of 75 state parks include more than 900 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as unique water access and camping facilities.

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