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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

Jul
26
Wed
12:30 pm Snorkeling the Clarion @ Cook Forest State Park
Snorkeling the Clarion @ Cook Forest State Park
Jul 26 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Please bring your masks & snorkels to the Park Office to search the river for aquatic insects and fish. This is a great opportunity to see fish and macros up close and personal and undisturbed in their natural habitat. It’s a totally different world down there. Sorry, no children under 12 years old. Minors must[...]
Jul
28
Fri
8:00 pm Cathedral: The Fight to Save th... @ Cook Forest State Park
Cathedral: The Fight to Save th... @ Cook Forest State Park
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An HD short film, produced by Wild Excellence Films, is about the ancient hemlock trees of Cook Forest which are under attack from the hemlock woolly adelgid, a destructive insect that threatens the park’s old growth forest, a National Natural Landmark. The film covers threats to the forest and effort to combat this invasive insect.[...]
Jul
29
Sat
1:00 pm Fire Tower Historical Tour @ Cook Forest State Park
Fire Tower Historical Tour @ Cook Forest State Park
Jul 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Please bring your binoculars to the Fire Tower for an historical tour of Fire Tower #9 conducted by park volunteers, Kelley & Al Bilotto. Take a breathtaking view from the box at the very top of the Fire Tower and learn how it operated. The tower will be open from 100-300pm.
8:00 pm Cathedral: The Fight to Save th... @ Cook Forest State Park
Cathedral: The Fight to Save th... @ Cook Forest State Park
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An HD short film, produced by Wild Excellence Films, is about the ancient hemlock trees of Cook Forest which are under attack from the hemlock woolly adelgid, a destructive insect that threatens the park’s old growth forest, a National Natural Landmark. The film covers threats to the forest and effort to combat this invasive insect.[...]
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