Several neighbors have sent in travelogues of their trips to sites in and around Maryland. Here are a few.
Within a 1-Hour DriveEdit
A Little Farther AfieldEdit
Cunningham Falls State Park Edit
14039 Catoctin Hollow Road
Thurmont MD 21788
Directions: Take I-495W to I-270N; go about 18 miles past Frederick; follow signs to US 15 (it is really just an extension of 270N, I think); take the exit for Route 77 west; turn left on Catoctin Hollow Road to reach the Houck Area; this is where the lake, beach, and trailhead are located.
+++++Cunningham Falls is a state park that includes: a man-made lake & beach area, snack bar, picnic area, trails to the falls, camping, fishing, etc. Many of these things were closed today since it is after Labor Day, but it was a very nice trip for people of all ages. We drove up (a little over an hour), parked, had a picnic lunch, then hiked to the Falls. One group took the easy footpath (half a mile on a gravel trail); the other group took the high road (little longer hike through hills on a footpath marked with yellow markers). There are also some more difficult hikes in the area. We then climbed the rocks to the top of the falls, a not-too-difficult climb for people over age 7 and under age 67. You could also bring your picnic lunch up to the top of the falls and eat there.
There are also orchards and farm stands nearby. And a nice buffet restaurant, the Cosy, in Thurmont, where people from Camp David eat.
Lake Frank, which is next to Lake Needwood, is actually better for fishing, IMHO. I've caught bass there.
Lake Needwood is still a decent fishing spot. We also like Centennial Lake, the Rocky Gorge Reservoir, and Little Seneca Lake. The Potomac River has some great spots, particularly if you have access to a canoe or kayak.