McCormick's Creek fire tower reopens to leaf watchers

The McCormick's Creek fire tower reopened in the fall of 2019. (Courtesy DNR/Frank Oliver)
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SPENCER, Ind. (WTHR) — The tower in McCormick's Creek State Park is back open after 30 years, and offers some spectacular views of fall foliage.

The tower was closed after being judged unsafe, but park supporters raised the funds that paid to renovate the 88-foot-tall tower.

Visitors must climb 105 steps to reach an enclosed cab at top.

Tours are available on weekends through early December:

Meet at the Canyon Inn. The tower is open at all times, but you may want to join one of the interpretive naturalists for a bit of history and a visit to the cab.

  • Saturday, November 9 - 4 pm
  • Sunday, November 10 - 8 am & 1 pm
  • Saturday, November 16 - 2 pm
  • Sunday, November 17 - 8 am & 1 pm
  • Saturday, November 23 - 2 pm
  • Sunday, November 24- 8 am & 1 pm
  • Saturday,, November 30 - 2 pm
  • Sunday, December 1 - 8 am & 1 pm

If you would like to schedule a group visit at a different time, please call the McCormick's Creek nature center at (812) 829 4344 or email WWilliams1@dnr.in.gov