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Cook Forest State Park in Pennsylvania

Cook Forest State ParkCook Forest State Park encompasses over 8,000 acres of vacation wonderland. Park Naturalists conduct free environmental interpretive programs year round in the park. The splendor of the Forest Cathedral, a National Natural Landmark is unsurpassed. The 200 to 350 year old trees in this area measure as much as five feet in diameter and tower almost 200 feet in the air. The Forest Cathedral is easily reached via Longfellow Trail behind the Log Cabin Visitors Center.

Visitors can enjoy this ancient forest on nearly 30 miles of hiking trails. Each of the 16 marked trails offers a unique outdoor encounter. The Clarion River, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic Waterway, winds through Cook Forest State Park. Popular river activities include canoeing, tubing, kayaking, swimming and fishing.

Northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, trout and all species of panfish are abundant in the river. A fishing area designated especially for children and handicapped visitors is located near the Cook Forest State Park office. Seneca Point Overlook near the #9 Firetower offers a breathtaking view of the Clarion River Valley. The adventuresome can climb 70 feet to the top of the old #9 Firetower for an impressive view of the area.

Upcoming Events

Mar
11
Sat
12:30 pm Otter Watch @ Cook Forest State Park
Otter Watch @ Cook Forest State Park
Mar 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Please bring your binoculars and spotting scopes to the Park Office for a driving tour to otter hotspots along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. This is the prime time of the year to witness otter activity. Chances are good to observe otter sign such as slides, tracks, and carp kills along the banks[...]
Mar
18
Sat
12:30 pm Eagle Watch @ Cook Forest State Park
Eagle Watch @ Cook Forest State Park
Mar 18 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Please bring your binoculars and spotting scopes to the Park Office for a driving tour to eagle hotspots along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. This is the prime time of the year to view bald eagles on their nests and find new nesting sites. Expect a long car-pool and aggressive hike to some[...]
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