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McCormicks Creek State Park 'People and the Falls' © Joseph Herring
The McCormicks Creek Falls is 8 or 9 feet high. Its great fun to stand under it and let the water crash down heavily over your shoulders.
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McCormicks Creek State Park
MCCORMICKS CREEK STATE PARK
MCCORMICKS CREEK STATE PARK
250 McCormicks Creek Park Road
Spencer, Indiana   47460

Phone: 812-829-2235
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 812-829-2235
McCormicks Creek State Park
'People and the Falls'

The McCormicks Creek Falls is 8 or 9 feet high. Its great fun to stand under it and let the water crash down heavily over your shoulders.

McCormicks Creek State Park
'Creek Falls'
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Little water fall on McCormicks creek.

McCormicks Creek State Park
'McCormicks Creek Falls'

The waterfall is 8 or 9 feet high.

McCormicks Creek State Park
'Wolf Cave'

A bad photo of one entrance to Wolf Cave. Wolf cave is a true cave and is worth exploring.

McCormicks Creek State Park
'View of the Creek.'

The creek bed section of trail 3 is mostly a scramble over rocks and boulders. If you like this sort of trail, you should probably also check out Clifty Falls, Turkey Run, Shades and/or Falls of the Ohio state parks.

McCormicks Creek State Park

McCormicks Creek State Park
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McCormicks Creek State Park
'The Falls at McCormicks Creekfar view'
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Photographed at McCormicks Creek State Park on 07/28/2007.

McCormicks Creek State Park
'McCormicks bridge'
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McCormicks creek bridge

McCormicks Creek State Park
'McCormicks Creek'
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Little water fall on McCormick creek

McCormicks Creek State Park
'Water FAlls'
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A view of the falls from creek level

McCormicks Creek State Park
'The falls'
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McCormicks Creek State Park
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McCormicks Creek State Park
'Under The Bridge'
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McCormicks Creek State Park
'Key Stone Bridge'
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McCormicks Creek State Park
'Covered Bridge'
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The two lane covered bridge at the entrance to the park

McCormicks Creek State Park
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'The Falls at McCormicks Creekclose view'
© Copyright 2007-2009 Photography by Tim A. DeVore. All rights reserved.

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Photographed at McCormicks Creek State Park on 07/28/2007.

McCormicks Creek State Park

McCormicks Creek State Park
'Trail 3 on a rainy morning'

A view of tall rock bluffs from the creek bed.

McCormicks Creek State Park
'McCormicks Creek cascade'

McCormicks Creek is probably the most enchanting Indiana stream Ive ever seen. I dont have any photos that do it justice.

McCormicks Creek State Park
'McCormicks Creek'

The Creek falls are visible in the center of the photo, and the falls viewing platform is in the upper right corner.

Unique limestone formations and scenic waterfalls are some of the beautiful highlights at Indiana's first state park, McCormick's Creek. You'll find this park along the White River, 14 miles northwest of Bloomington.

Hike through the thick wooded area or roam leisurely through the magnificent canyon surrounded by high cliffs. You'll notice the well-manicured grounds which were planted by the original owner and are being preserved to sustain the tranquil environment he created.
History of the Area
The turning point in the McCormick's Creek history came in 1888 when part of the area was purchased by Frederick Denkewalter, a physician who was interested in the scenic and restful qualities of the site. Dr. Denkewalter felt the tranquil peace of the canyon and its surrounding cliffs would be the perfect location to build a sanitarium, a place for the wealthy and the weary to 'get away from it all' and recuperate. The original sanitarium, built on the present-day Canyon Inn site, was a white-sided structure with long porches on every side. It offered guests plenty of access to the loveliness of the well-landscaped grounds where Denkewalter delighted in planting a variety of trees and shrubs. Meanwhile, local residents continued to picnic and hike along the canyon, making the spot a favorite of everyone for rest and relaxation.

With the death of Dr. Denkewalter in 1914, his estate went up for sale at a land auction. Both Owen County and the State of Indiana were interested in maintaining McCormick's Creek in its park-like setting, and so the land was purchased. McCormick's Creek State Park was dedicated as Indiana's first state park on July 4, 1916, as part of the state's centennial celebration.

Canyon Inn opened its doors in the old sanitarium building. A few years later in the early 1920's, the building was remodeled and new brick siding was added. Subsequent changes have brought new wings, a banquet room, swimming pool and recreation center, but the Inn today still rests on the original foundations of the Denkewalter sanitarium.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
CampingPrimative, #100
 Electric Sites, #189
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camper Cabinsyes
 Group Campyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterActivitiesyes
AccommodationsLodge Roomsyes
 Game Roomyes
 Tennisyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
* Electric / 189 sites * Primitive / 32 sites * Group Camping * Youth Tent Areas * Dumping Station * Camp Store
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Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
43.2 miles from park*
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
38.9 miles from park*


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* Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services * Picnicking/Shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Hiking Trails * Saddle Barn & trail rides (812) 829-8848 * Tennis Courts * Recreation Buildings * Recreation Center * Swimming / Pool (Policy)
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
43.2 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 17 by Kathryn Kovacs
I grew up just a few miles from McCormick Creek State Park. A great place to spend a day going hiking or camping on the weekends.
February 10 Best visit end of April
beautiful spring flowers. wonderful weather. NO bugs. Inn and Park great.
September 6 A Peaceful Place ! by Leslie Bailey
My best friend and I stayed here at the end of August of 2010. We enjoyed the Pool there and toured Oliver Winery close by which was wonderful. A Beautiful place and he Staff was very friendly!!
May 26 Beautiful Park
This was our fist time camping and we LOVED the park. Very clean, wooded sites and clean bath facilities. Great trails, playgrounds and a beautiful waterfall. The campground was quiet at night. We will return, great place for kids.
January 30 Great camp ground. by J. Thornton
Great place to camp, lots of things to see and do.
September 14 Very Clean and Beautiful by Jen
Wonderful camping. This campground had the cleanest bathrooms of any state park I have visited. That is important to many of us female campers! Also, the Nature Center is wonderful.
June 3 sisters Vacation by janisT
My sister and I are taking our second annual trip this year to a State Park in Indiana Mc Cormicks Creek near Spencer In. Last year we went to Spring Mill State park. Check my blog http://sistersvacation.blogspot.com/
May 1 Beautiful! by Kim
This park is truly breath-taking. The natural rock and the creek make this park one the best in the state! I spent many summers here as a child and was recently able to bring my husband and children here for the first time to experience the beauty. We went throught Wolf Cave and my 11 year old and my 6 year old loved it! There is nothing like the tranquility and adventure you can find in this park!
August 25 Great service, beauty, and accommodation
We recently enjoyed a family reunion weekend here. We were very impressed with the beauty and the cleanliness of the park as well as the comfort and amenities at the Inn. The staff members we met there were all friendly and helpful. We will definitely return!


Area Campgrounds

Hickory Hills Campground
499 Dixie Hill Road
Spencer, IN
765-795-6079


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
Web Site: WhiteRiverCabinRental.com
43.2 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
Web Site: CrawfordCountyIndiana.com
81.3 miles from park*
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The most affordable photographer in Greene County Indiana. We offer a large variety of professional photography products, from wallets to 20x30 prints, buttons, calenders, cards, invitations, portfolios more. I defy the rules of conventional photography to focus on your individuality by being a people in the environment photographer.
Web Site: llpix.com
29.2 miles from park*

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