When people think of a state park, they often imagine significant or unique natural features that warrant the need to be protected for posterity. First-time visitors to James "Pate" Philip (formerly Tri-County) State Park may initially wonder what the area's specific feature is. After all, the land is predominantly farmland that had been tilled and grazed for years.
The north branch of Brewester Creek flows through the property, but most of the streambed had been channeled to move water away from former agricultural fields. Along the north boundary of James "Pate" Philip State Park, starting