State park blazes smoother trail
By LAURA ERNDE
THURMONT, Md. - Cunningham Falls State Park has built a new, smoother trail from its new parking lot to the falls, said Sgt. Chuck Bowler, assistant park manager.
The trail might appease visitors who complained when the park eliminated easy-access parking along Md. 77.
"It will never be what people had before. It will never be drive-by tourism," Bowler said.
But it will be easier than the steep climb visitors had to make when the parking lot first opened this past summer, he said.
The change in elevation on the old trail was 600 feet. The new trail is 300 feet, he said.
On Sept. 14, a five-person crew began pulling out large boulders and smaller rocks, outlining much of the trail edges with rocks and timbers and distributing several inches of gravel on soft areas.