2020 Hike #9 on March 26th at McCormick’s Creek State Park in Spencer Indiana (Trail 5)

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General Info

McCormick's Creek State Park is an Indiana State Park. It is located at 250 McCormick's Creek Park Road in Spencer Indiana.

Explore the spectacular limestone canyon, flowing creek, and scenic waterfalls that highlight Indiana’s first state park. Hike trails featuring diverse forest trees, spicebush, and native wildflowers, including a trail through Wolf Cave Nature Preserve and an accessible trail at the recently renovated nature center. Experience history as you climb the fire tower, use shelter houses or cross the stone arch bridge created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, or examine the historic Statehouse Quarry near White River, which furnished limestone used for the Indianapolis Statehouse. Relax in the lobby of Canyon Inn, open to all park visitors, or watch birds from the dining room porch. Catch cultural events such as concerts in the park amphitheater or attend the several special events hosted annually at the park. McCormick’s Creek State Park offers active enjoyment through all seasons of the year. Click here for the property map.

DESCRIPTION OF HIKING TRAILS             

1. MODERATE (0.5 miles)—Trail 1 is a loop trail that begins between family cabins 6 and 14, loops through large native timber in McCormick’s Cove Nature Preserve and ends at the entrance to the Family Cabin Area.

2. MODERATE (1.0 mile)—Trail 2 begins behind the CCC Recreation Hall, ventures into McCormick’s Cove Nature Preserve and ends between family cabins 11 and 12. Trail 2 also offers access to the Quarry Loop Trail for observation of the Old State House Quarry.

3. RUGGED (0.8 mile)—Trail 3 is a loop trail that begins across from Canyon Inn and offers access to the falls and canyon before ending at Stoney restroom. There are no bridges crossing the creek. Fluctuating creek levels may make areas of the trail seasonably inaccessible.

4. MODERATE (1.4 miles)—Trail 4 begins behind the Canyon Inn pool and travels toward the Recreation Field, McCormick’s Cove Nature Preserve and the CCC fire tower. Trail 4 ends on the road near Canyon Inn.

5. MODERATE (2.0 miles)—Trail 5 is a loop trail that begins at the Wolf Cave Parking Area, enters Wolf Cave Nature Preserve, loops through a Beech Maple forest, crosses Litten Branch, and offers access to Wolf Cave before ending near the Wolf Cave parking lot.

6. EASY (0.6 mile)—Trail 6 begins beside Beech Grove Shelter, travels through dense forest and ends in the Class A campground between campsites 19 and 20.

7. MODERATE (1.8 miles)—Trail 7 is a loop trail that begins across from the Wolf Cave parking lot, and travels along the canyon rim before descending toward the White River. Along the way hikers encounter a boardwalk. Fishing is permitted on the river.

8. ACCESSIBLE (0.7 mile)—Trail 8 is a paved trail that begins in the campground, between campsites 14 and 15, and proceeds through woodlands and the Pine Bluff picnic area, ending at the pool and concession stand.

9. EASY (1.2 miles)—Trail 9 loop trail begins in the Deer Run parking area and loops through hardwood forest, old farm fields and crosses the bridle trail twice before ending in the Deer Run area.

10. MODERATE (0.7 mile)—Trail 10 begins across McCormick’s Creek, from the Old State House Quarry, and proceeds upstream to the Trail 3 stairway that leads out of the canyon.

My visit

I was flying solo on this hike! Dexter doesn't like long car rides, so he had to stay at home with Tracy. I was excited to see the sun out at least for a few hours, but it soon went behind clouds as soon as I got to the park. I decided to head down trail 5 to check out the Wolf Cave. If you don't want to drive home with wet feet, I wouldn't take this trail! There are about 5 places along the trail where you have to cross a small stream. You will get your feet wet. All of the Indiana State Parks are open for people to get outside and exercise during the Indiana shut-down. There is no one at the gate. There were a lot of people out on the trails, but I maintained my 6 feet social distancing. I stop quite frequently to take pics, so I'm never in a hurry. I'm anxiously awaiting the leaves to start budding out!!! Scroll down the check out my pics from this hike. Keep scrolling and watch the 3 videos I took of waterfalls! If you are interested in see all of my McCormick's Creek State Park pics from previous visits, click here.

2020 Hike #6 at Mccormick's Creek State Park (Trail 5) in Spencer Indiana on March 26th

Waterfall 1

Waterfall 2

Waterfall 3