Early Morning Hike at McCormicks Creek
I decided to get up and out early to head to McCormicks Creek to take an early morning hike. I am in no way a morning person, but this hike has proven to me that it can be worth it to wake up just a little earlier to enjoy the finer things. I arrived at the park and did not see one other person as I headed to Trail 9. While driving there, I accidentally took a wrong turn into the stables parking lot, and was greeted by a herd of deer in the fog. Before I could capture this awesome moment on camera, they sprinted away but the feeling I got from seeing this scene still stays with me.
I finally made it to Trail 9. This trail starts and ends near the Deer Run shelter house. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. Not even the birds were chirping I was there so early. It was very nice and relaxing to have such peacefulness in the morning.
When I was nearly done walking the trail a sign appeared on the trail ahead of me. The sign read "Historic Peeden Farm." There was nothing listed on the map, but I went ahead and followed the sign. I could not have been more happy with my findings. Just a short ways off of Trail 9, there was an old house foundation, a spring house, and the foundation to an old barn. As an avid urban explorer, I was overjoyed to have happened across this gem.
There is a bulletin board describing the first family to settle in McCormicks creek and gives you a look into their lives there.
After my hike, I visited the park office to make sure that my map was updated and when their maps matched my own, I asked about the structures. I was informed that they had just gotten done with the Peeden farm project. So this spring make sure that you take a hike down Trail 9 to visit the farm.