The Serenity of McCormick’s Creek State Park

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Seeing the peace and serenity of McCormick’s Creek State Park, it’s easy to see how this became the first state park in Indiana, founded in 1916.

The spot was never destined to be harnessed commercially for its natural resources. Early efforts to build a sawmill and a quarry did not yield the hoped for results. Instead, a sanatorium was built and it became a retreat for rest and recuperation.

Waterfall at McCormick’s Creek

The park is most noted for its waterfall. While not a large waterfall, it’s easily accessible and just the right size for kids to play.

The deepest and widest part of the creek we encountered was at the waterfall, so it was the perfect spot to hang out for a while and cool down.

mccormicks creek state park waterfall


It’s a state park, so you don’t really expect to be alone. When we first arrived, there were very few people. But shortly after I picked up my camera, a group of about 40 cross country runners showed up to pose for photos in front of the falls.

Some photographers want to keep other visitors out of their nature photos, and will even resort to photoshopping them out. That’s not my style at all! I like to embrace my surroundings and incorporate everyone reveling in nature into my photographs.

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mccormicks creek state park waterfall

Twin Bridges

The area known as Twin Bridges features two arch-like rock formations. They are just outside of Wolf Cave, which we shall not discuss as I am apparently claustrophobic now. Self awareness!

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Author: Zach Dobson

Zach Dobson is a documentary and commercial photographer based in Indianapolis. He holds a degree in journalism from Indiana University with a concentration in photography. Since starting his business in 2006, Zach has focused on documenting people’s lives and businesses in action. Zach’s client list includes the Indiana Pacers, Coca-Cola, the AARP, ZipCar, Indiana University, Visit Bloomington, Hamilton County Tourism, Land O’Lakes, RIOT LA Comedy Festival, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana High School Athletic Association. Zach is a Professional Member of the American Society of Media Photographers [ASMP]. He resides in Carmel, Ind. with his wife and business partner, Courtney, and their five children.

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