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Weekend at McCormick's Creek

by Katie Martin

Recently, my parents and I spent a fun family weekend together at McCormick's Creek State Park in Spencer, Indiana.  McCormick's Creek is the oldest state park in Indiana established in 1916 to celebrate the centennial of Indiana's statehood.  The park has many natural and cultural sites that visitors can enjoy in any season.  We arrived Friday night and stayed in the comfortable Canyon Inn located within the park. 

 

The next morning, we got up early to explore the 10 trails that wind through the limestone canyon and the surrounding forest.  The waterfall and Wolf Cave are two unique natural features in the park that should not be missed.  Due to the spread of White-Nose Syndrome, which is steadily killing bat populations in the Eastern United States, Wolf Cave is closed to protect the bats on the property.

 

 

We took a break from our walk to stop by the nature center and learn a little about the park.  The nature center was huge with great exhibits the showed the formation of the canyon, the history of the area, and the wildlife found in the park.  There is also a great bird observation room with helpful images to identify the local birds.  However, we saw mostly squirrels.

  

We also visited historical features of the park including a section of the park owned by the Pedens, a farming family in the 19th century.  Today, the Peden Farm includes the remains of a house, the foundation of a barn built in 1833 and a newly restored spring house which would have stored milk, butter, and eggs near cold spring water .  There is also a historic fire tower that I was too scared to climb but my dad made it all the way to the top.  Another highlight of the park is the Limestone Quarry which provided limestone for the foundation of the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

 

 

We had a great stay in the park and I hope to be able to pay another visit to McCormick's Creek very soon!

 

 

Published: 12/06/2012

 


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