McCormick’s Creek State Park Rebounds After Tornado

Written from press release

Spencer, Indiana – April 18, 2024

One year following the devastating impact of a tornado, McCormick’s Creek State Park in Indiana is welcoming visitors to parts of the park closed last year.

The park, which suffered significant damage from a tornado, showcases a vibrant array of plant and animal species amidst its historical landmarks and serene landscapes. Among the park’s highlights is the majestic McCormick’s Creek waterfall.

Established in 1916 as Indiana’s inaugural state park, McCormick’s Creek boasts is waiting to be explored. Iconic structures like the fire tower and stone arch catenary bridge, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, stand as enduring symbols of the park’s heritage. Additionally, the park’s amphitheater, a product of the Works Progress Administration, serves as a testament to a bygone era of craftsmanship and community effort.

Nature enthusiasts will find McCormick’s Creek teeming with life, with over 500 species of plants flourishing within its borders. From common species like Virginia bluebells and spring beauty to rarer finds such as rose turtlehead and goldenseal, the park offers a botanical wonderland waiting to be discovered.

Birdwatchers will delight in the park’s avian inhabitants, particularly during the spring and fall migrations. Designated as a stop on the Indiana Birding Trail, McCormick’s Creek is home to species like scarlet tanagers and various warblers, offering birdwatching opportunities for enthusiasts of all levels. The park’s Nature Center further enriches the experience with exhibits showcasing the park’s ecology, geology, and history, alongside regular sightings of birds like the rose-breasted grosbeak.

For those seeking a glimpse into the park’s past, a visit to the Peden Farmstead offers a window into pre-park life, with restored structures like the springhouse providing insight into early pioneer living.

With 3.7 miles of open trail and more to come, visitors are encouraged to stay and explore all that McCormick’s Creek has to offer. The Canyon Inn provides a haven for weary adventurers, offering comfortable accommodations and amenities like a pool and tennis courts. Additionally, family cabins and more luxurious options like the Centennial and Sunset cabins cater to various preferences, ensuring a memorable stay amidst the park’s natural splendor.

McCormick’s Creek State Park invites guests to rediscover it.

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