Cook Forest State Park

Clarion, Pennsylvania

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This hike takes you into the Clarion River Valley and alongside the dark waters of the Clarion River. This descent is followed by a climb out of the gorge to River Valley and a heart-stopping view from an 80-foot fire tower. There is also a natural overlook for the faint of heart. As you loop back to where you began, you’ll pass through the Forest Cathedral, a virgin stand of white pine and hemlock that loggers—for some reason—left behind. Be sure and look for the plaque that proclaims the area a National Natural Landmark.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

This hike takes you into the Clarion River Valley and alongside the dark waters of the Clarion River. This descent is followed by a climb out of the gorge to River Valley and a heart-stopping view from an 80-foot fire tower. There is also a natural overlook for the faint of heart.

As you loop back to where you began, you’ll pass through the Forest Cathedral, a virgin stand of white pine and hemlock that loggers—for some reason—left behind. Be sure and look for the plaque that proclaims the area a National Natural Landmark.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Clarion
Distance: 6.6
Elevation Gain: 1,528 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Access: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season & Limits: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cook Forest State Park, 113 River Rd., Cooksburg; (814) 744-8407 or (800) 634-2495; www.cookforest.com
Local Maps: USGS Cooksburg, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Cook Forest State Park

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