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Cunningham Falls State Park To Close During G-8 Summit At Camp David

Annapolis, Md. (April 2, 2012) - Cunningham Falls State Park, located near Thurmont, will be closed to all public access from Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19. The State Park is being closed at the request of the United States Secret Service in order to provide security for the G-8 Summit, a meeting of leaders from nations representing eight of the world’s largest economies. The park will re-open at 8:00 am on Sunday, May 20.

The closure affects all of Cunningham Falls State Park, including both the Houck and Manor day-use areas and all trails. All other Maryland State Parks will be open during that time, including nearby Greenbrier and Gambrill State Parks. The Maryland Park Service has notified Campers with reservations for the Houck Area campground of the closure and offered a discount for a future camping vacation at any Maryland State Park.

Cunningham Falls State Park adjoins Catoctin Mountain Park, which will also be closed to all public access. Visitors with questions regarding closures to the Catoctin Mountain Park may call the Visitor Center at 301-663-9388. Media is asked to call the Department of Natural Resources Office of Communications at 410-260-8002.


   April 2, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov