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Cook Forest State Park

113 River Road

The 8,500-acre Cook Forest State Park lies in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Once called the "Black Forest," the area is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest's "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River connects Clear Creek State Park to Cook Forest State Park along a scenic 10-mile stretch of river which is popular for canoeing and rafting.


A Bright

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
A beautiful state park- when you can catch some nature between all the man-made attractions. No matter what time of year you visit don't miss the view after climbing the Cook Forest Fire Tower! For those with an interest in coal & coking or any history- stop by Helen's Furnance. The park also hosts an annual French and Indian War reenactment that is sure to please all ages. The park is also home to the SawMill Theater that offers shows throughout the summer months. The Clarion River is great for canoeing and fishing. While Cook Forest does have hiking trails, I recommend checking out a less-famous nearby park, Clear Creek. (Clear Creek also offers a designated swimming area in the Clarion River with two nicely maintained beaches). Lots of tourist attractions in the area. Go-karts, mini-golf, water slides, pony rides, and canoe rentals line the road throughout the park.

Joy Carini

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
One of our absolute favorite places to go! We make 3 trips a year on average. You can be as busy or relaxed as you want in an absolutely beautiful setting.

Michael E Bailey

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
Nice large forested area. A lot of trails. Great time with the dog..

Craig Evans

Monday, July 3, 2017
Awesome place, a little rough on adult beverages in the state park this year while others are setting off fireworks, you know, IN A NATIONALLY PROTECTED FOREST! So be sure to empty all your containers immediately before entering the park but bring mortar style fireworks from Ohio and set them off into a forest of Pine Trees. I love it here, just don't understand the reasoning.

Chris Michael

Friday, May 26, 2017
ALWAYS A FABULOUS EXPERIENCE! I've visited all seasons, photographed year round, hiked, shopped, eaten out, camped, kayaked, stayed in cabins, attended lectures, attended sawmill theater and events OVER MANY MANY YEAR. NEVER disappointed!😍 Always my first choice for taking family and visitors to our region.

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