McCormick’s Creek State Park Wolf Cave Trail

Bloomington, Indiana 47404

McCormick’s Creek State Park Wolf Cave Trail

McCormick’s Creek State Park: Wolf Cave Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A trail through a state nature preserve to an open cave."

McCormick’s Creek State Park: Wolf Cave Trail Trip Reports

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3/20/2014
We actually hiked a combination of the trails at McCormick's Creek State Park. We started on Trail 10, ended up on Trail 3 (even though the map doesn't show these connecting), made our way over to Trail 2, took the Quarry connector, then ended on Trail 7. It was all very secluded. We ran into one other couple on our hike. There is a really tall staircase on Trail 10. But we enjoyed the scenery, the waterfall, and the creek. I don't know the exact elevation increase/decrease, but it seemed fairly substantial. We loved this hike. I'll upload some photos.
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4/10/2010
Great hike! The crossing between the hardwood groves and evergreens was great. We are all ready planning to comeback in the fall to catch the foliage change. Even with the parking lot being full we did not see many people on the trail. It was a very quiet private walk.
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11/14/2009
This was a great hike. I hiked north toward the cemetery, but before getting there I decided to take this trail instead, knowing that the other end came out close to the parking lot. I made it in a little less than two hours with my dog, so we did make a few stops for water along the way; it took us a little bit less than two hours. It could be done in less, I'm sure, or it could take a little bit more, as well, depending on your pace. We stopped off at the pond for a few minutes; the water looked stagnant so don't count on drinking it without a filter, which is probably more than you need for this short a hike. I liked it enough that I'm going back to camp sometime soon, I think.
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10/6/2007
Hiked and camped this trail with two boys, 13 and 10. We hiked on Saturday afternoon to the campsite at the pond in about 3 hours, taking many breaks along the way. The hike itself was fun, particularly through the portion of the trail with the towering pine trees. This was impressive even to a 13 year old. Even though it was 90 degrees+ and we were carrying gear for overnight camping, the hike was short enough that it was not a problem for boys this age. After we set up camp, we visited the cemetery at dusk. Pretty spooky and very interesting. Boys loved it. The next morning, we hiked back to the trailhead and climbed the fire tower, which was also a hit. This was a perfect hike/overnight for novice hikers/campers like us, particularly given the pond/cemetery/fire tower "attractions." I guess you could filter the pond water, but instead we brought in plenty of water and toilet paper for the overnight; no facilities at the campsites.
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5/12/2007
This is a great hike. We loved the way the trail winds through deciduous and pine forests, it adds a lot of variety to the scenery and the trail surface itself. The pond near the cemetery was bigger than I expected and very beautiful, it was well worth the trip. We hope to camp here sometime.

Only two criticisms: it's a shame to go so close to Lake Monroe yet not actually reach it (I wonder if there's a way we could have added in a trip down to the lake on another trail). Also, the trail consisted of one long descent, winding through the valley, and then a long climb. It could have taken a more rolling path.

It took us about four hours to hike this trail, including visits to the cemetery and pond, at a leisurely pace with some stops to take photos and a snack break.
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1/20/2007
I had been wanting to do this hike for a long time and finally got the chance to do it on a cold and sunny day, The views are amazing and worth the effort getting to them. There are several camp sites along the trail that are perfect for a weekened of camping if you go to them they are in several pine thickets down in the valley I will be back to definately camp for a few days later this spring.
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8/5/2006
This was a great trail for a beginner seeking the AT! Less than 10 people in 4+ hours! Great spots to stop for a bite, wonderful views of the ravine and the creek and a beautiful forest! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (The drive in was beutiful and worth mentioning also!)
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1/22/2006
We hiked this trail on a Sunday. It was very quiet, peaceful with not too many hikers. Trail was in fairly good condition and for the most part well marked. Trees were down blocking the path in a couple of spots but was easy to get around or over in both instances. Beautiful area, very picturesque.
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2/1/2004
The Charles Deam Wilderness area has 36 miles worth of trails, and I hike there often. I love to winter hike in the area, and the best thing that I like about the Sycamore is two campsites in particular. They are within the first 2 miles of the hike. The campsites are in two separate pine stnds, and they have rolling hills on both the East and West side of them. During the winter, the pine trees and the hills make great wind blocks and make camping in the teens and single digits a comfortable experience. Furthermore, the wind wispering through the pines sings a lovely lullaby. These sites are also great during other times of the year because they are both located on a creek that is a good source of water. I would reccommend these campsites to anyone during any time of the year, but they are both highly reccommended during the winter.
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Trail Information

Bloomington
Nearby City
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS: Gosport
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