Mama DENIED! (Family Hike: Cunningham Falls)

April 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm 3 comments

A friend of mine told me a story about her 15-year old son. One day she gave him a choice–

  1. He could take out the trash
    – or –
  2. He could give his mother a hug.

“He chose to take out the trash!” my friend laughed.

I knew it was coming, but I thought with a 20 month old son, I had a good decade or so before I would encounter such a snub. Nope! Last month for my 38th Birthday Hike, our little family drove up to Catocin Mountain Park. We parked at the Visitors Center and hiked 1.4 miles to Cunningham Falls, which at 78-feet is the largest cascading falls in Maryland.

Sagan was patiently indifferent to the first 1.2 miles. He did some walking, but for the most part hitched a ride.

Cunningham Falls - Falls Trail - Hitching a Ride With Daddy
Hitching a Ride with Daddy

When we reached the final approach to the falls, however, Sagan found his passion. That last 0.2 miles was a boardwalk and he LOVED running back and forth on it.

Cunningham Falls - Falls Trail - Hi There
YEAH! Now this is where the fun is at!

He loved it so much, in fact, that when I tried to get him to stop for a second to pose for a picture with the falls, he would have none of it! He squirmed, he balked, and then…

He ran away. : )

Cunningham Falls - Falls Trail - Sagan Has More Important Things to Do Than to Pose with Mommy
See ya, Mama! I have places to go!

To be honest, it was rather worth it to see him have so much fun. After some more exploring the boardwalk, we hiked back to the visitors center and indulged in some yummy yummy Cracker Barrell on the way home. All in all, a most excellent day!

More pictures of our hike to Cunningham Falls can be found on my Flickr site.

Cunningham Falls via the Falls Nature Trail

14707 Park Central Road
Thurmont, MD

Length: 2.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 40 Feet

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  April 12, 2013 at 12:24 am

    (Must not scoff at 78-foot waterfall. Must not scoff at 78-foot waterfall. Must not scoff at 78-foot waterfall…😉 )

    In all fairness to Sagan, I STILL enjoy running on boardwalks. 😀

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    • 2. tgaw  |  April 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Oh don’t you worry. I had some similar thoughts just comparing it to the falls in Virginia.

      I’m wondering what other types of falls there are. All the signs made a point that this was the largest “cascading” falls in Maryland. Maryland also has the famous Great Falls in the Potomac which is substantially larger, so clearly they fall in a different category.

      Or the signs lied. : )

      Reply
  • […] steps on the Appalachian Trail. Birthday Hike 2013, I was pregnant with my second son while I watched my first one run around the boardwalk in front of Maryland’s largest cascading falls (denying me a nice photo-op). And this year, that second son hiked with […]

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