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McCormick's Creek State Park provides update on tornado damage suffered in March

Posted at 11:36 AM, May 05, 2023

SPENCER — More than a month after tornadoes ripped through Indiana, the cleanup continues for many.

On Friday, McCormick’s Creek State Park shared an update on their property’s rehabilitation.

In their message they shared the following statement:

“We sincerely appreciate the ongoing support the park has received. Over 500 people have offered their assistance by registering as volunteers! Unfortunately, countless trees damaged by the storm present ongoing risks that currently limit our ability to welcome volunteers to assist in the clean-up of closed areas. We look forward to working with the community in the reopening of our campground and the entire trail system, but safety remains our top priority.”

With many still wanting to help, the park shared ways for people to continue to help.

  • Register as a volunteer at to learn about upcoming opportunities to support the park through your skills and efforts.
  • Consider donating at
  • Support our non-profit partner, the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park. Their work supports a wide range of the park’s efforts to protect, interpret, and share our park’s resources.

As the park continues to clean, there are still multiple closures within the area.
The following is a full list of what is opened and closed.

The Canyon Inn is open and provides lodging and dining facilities.

The Nature Center is open and naturalist programming has resumed.

The Saddle Barn is open and ready to welcome riders.

Family cabins, as well as Camp McCormick and Camp NaWaKwa are open and available for reservation. Those with reservations impacted by storm damage are being contacted.

Beech Grove Shelter and Friendly Recreation Building remain closed until further notice. All other shelters and recreation buildings at the park are open.

The campground remains closed, for your safety and the safety of park staff, please respect all closure signs.


  • Trail 1 (McCormick’s Cove Nature Preserve): Trail 1 is open.
  • Trail 2 (Statehouse Quarry): Trail 2 received significant damage and is currently closed. Please do not go past the closure signs.
  • Trail 3 (McCormick’s Creek Waterfall): Trail 3 is accessible to view the waterfall, but the wooden trail structure is damaged. Please do not go past the closure signs.
  • Trail 4 (Fire Tower): Trail 4 to the fire tower is open. The fire tower, not damaged in the storm, is open.
  • Trail 5 (Wolf Cave Nature Preserve): Trail 5 received significant damage and is currently closed. Please do not go past the closure signs.
  • Trail 6 in the campground is closed.
  • Trails 7 and 10 (Canyon Rim, Creek, and McCormick’s Cove Nature Preserve): These trails received significant damage to trail structures. Please do not go past the closure signs.
  • Trail 8 (Accessible Trail): A portion of this trail from the pool/nature center area is open, but it is closed beyond Pine Bluff Shelter where it leads to the campground and to Trail 5 and Wolf Cave.
  • Trail 9 (Deer Run/Peden Farmstead): Trail 9 is open.