New Trail at McCormick’s Creek State Park Offers Accessible Views

Written from press release

Spencer, Ind. – July 3, 2024

McCormick’s Creek State Park has unveiled its newest addition, the Echo Canyon Trail, providing an accessible outdoor experience for guests with limited mobility. Located adjacent to the park’s Centennial Shelter, the Echo Canyon Trail is a short loop featuring a natural, firm, and stable surface with gradual slopes. This design allows for easy access and offers two overlooks with stunning views of McCormick’s Creek Falls.

A branch of the trail, known as the Redbud Connector, links the loop to the Redbud Shelter and the park’s Nature Center, further enhancing the park’s accessibility. The new trail and connector have been funded through a legislative appropriation for deferred maintenance by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with additional support from the Owen County Community Foundation-McCormick’s Creek State Park Fund.

“This trail provides a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the sights and sounds of the canyon at our first state park,” said Indiana State Parks director Terry Coleman. “We are grateful for the funding to complete this project and for the work our Indiana State Parks team did with the Indiana Department of Administration and Spectrum Trail Design to make it a reality.”

The addition of the Redbud Connector increases McCormick’s Creek’s total hiking trail mileage from 7.1 to approximately 7.5 miles, a significant recovery effort following the March 2023 tornado. Despite this progress, trails 5, 6, 7, and 10 remain closed, with trail 8 partially closed, as crews continue their clearing efforts. Visitors are reminded to adhere to closure signs for their safety.

For more information on McCormick’s Creek State Park, visit on.IN.gov/mccormickscreek. Updates on tornado recovery efforts can be found at on.IN.gov/mccormicks-recovery.

For additional DNR news releases, please visit dnr.IN.gov.

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