Self-Guided Opportunities
Fly Fishing
Location Big Hunting Creek, Cunningham Falls State Park, 301-271-7574
Catch and return trout fishing area. Limited to the use of fly fishing gear only. Possession of spinning gear, artificial lures (except flies) and bait is strictly prohibited.
Parking available along MD Route 77. Restrooms available at Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center and in the William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park.
Skill Level Intermediate/Advanced
Suitable For Families? Not for beginners
Species Wild brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout
License Fees (subject to change) Consolidated senior resident sportfishing license $5 (allows individuals 65 years of age or older to fish in nontidal waters of the State of Maryland, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Maryland Residents $20.50

Nonresident $30.50

Short term non-resident license $7.50 (valid for seven consecutive days from date of issuance)

Trout Stamp $5 resident/$10 non-resident (required for all anglers possessing trout except persons under 16 years of age or holders of a Consolidated Senior Resident License).

Camping Camping is available at Cunningham Falls State Park, 301-271-7574 or 1-888-432-2267
Other Points of Interest Early settlers used timber from the forests to make charcoal to fuel the Catoctin Iron Furnace. Too many years of clear-cutting and unscientific farming practices contributed to the overuse and destruction of the land.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Hip boots and waders are recommended.
  • Fly rod and artificial flies (no spinning gear, tackle or bait allowed).
  • Leave a trip plan with a family member.
  • Beware of steep banks and swift currents.
  • Follow Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.