A hike at McCormick’s Creek State Park

Margaret and I met Damion at McCormick’s Creek State Park for a little hiking.

Damion, Margaret, and Jim

Damion now lives minutes from this park, which is near the small town of Spencer, about a half hour northwest of Bloomington. It offers camping and swimming, but we’re hikers and so we care mostly about the trails.


None of us was prepared to cross this creek on our hike. We did our best to pick our way across the rocks, but all of us slipped off and hiked the rest of the way in sopping wet shoes.


Margaret and Damion explored this little cave. I wasn’t down with being on my hands and knees in shorts. Later on the trail we saw another opening to this cave, so on a return trip I’ll wear long pants and we’ll crawl through.

Wolf Cave

The most impressive sight on our hike was this waterfall. We passed by it at its level and later on a ridge, from which I made this photograph.


I didn’t intend to document this day in photographs, save perhaps the obligatory group selfie. But I’d forgotten how lovely this park is, so thank heavens for the iPhone in my pocket.

I hadn’t been here in 20 years. On my last visit, I pitched a tent for a weekend with Damion’s oldest brother, who was a teen then. That brother is now in his mid 30s and lives in Bloomington with his wife.

Damion is likely to soon move to Bloomington, as well, as he started his first career job recently and it’s located there. While I secretly wish he’d found a job closer to where I live, I’m openly glad he’ll be in the same town as his brother.

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12 responses to “A hike at McCormick’s Creek State Park”

  1. J P Avatar

    I am not really a hiker. I am definitely not a wet-shoes hiker.

    Bloomington will be a nice place to go visit your kids (says the guy with 8 years of experience). There are fun things to see and do, and rich pickings for a guy with a camera.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, B’ton isn’t that far away really. I lived 4 hours from my parents the first 5 years after graduation. There were positives and negatives to that, but in hindsight I think the negatives outweighed the positives.

  2. DougD Avatar

    Damion is starting his career, congratulations on a successful launch! You must be very proud after all that effort.

    I had to use Google maps to check, but Bloomington is only 1.5 hours away, piece of cake. Our son has been 3-4 hours away for a year, when he starts university in September he’ll be only 1.5 hours away and we’re looking forward to it.

    Nice park too, the caves remind me of the ones I played in as a kid. It was just a farmers bush land then, later it was made into a park and was fun to return with my own kids:


    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I feel a lot of relief, frankly, that Damion’s launched well. He was always a good kid and I wasn’t worried he’d crash into the wall, but relief is what I feel nevertheless. I’m pleased he gets to build an adult life now and I look forward to what he chooses.

      That’s something, that the farmland you used to play on is now a park!

  3. jon campo Avatar
    jon campo

    Looks like fun Jim! Time marches on I guess, I’ve been reading your blog since they were children.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      They would have been 8 and 10 when I started blogging!

  4. N.S. Palmer Avatar

    I don’t do much hiking, but those are beautiful photos. I’m glad that you had such a good time!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We all like to hike. I’m not sure why! But it’s something I’ve done with my sons since they were school aged.

  5. siphos13 Avatar

    Hiking in my rural setting comes naturally…e.g. we hike when going to graze animals in selected wild areas, we hike when hunting, etc. Life is hiking fun in rural areas.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Good point!

  6. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    That’s a really neat waterfall. You’re really up above the falls. Is this part of the state a lot more hilly than the north?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It is. Indiana is glaciated in about the upper 2/3, which flattened it. The lower 1/3 is more hilly. Brown County is the hilliest. Here’s a view from Brown County State Park.

      Unglaciated view

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