Cook Forest State Park

Clarion, Pennsylvania

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The area occupied by this very popular park was once known as the “Black Forest” because its towering trees completely shaded the forest floor from the sun. Amazingly that’s still the case in places today. In a state that was once all but completely logged over, Cook Forest is home to some of the most impressive stands of old-growth timber anywhere. The Log Cabin Inn, the park’s environmental center, is a large log building crafted in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It houses wildlife displays and old logging tools. The Indiana and River Cabins are also on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s some very nice canoeing to be done on the Clarion River and some good trout fishing to be had in Toms Run.
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by Bob Frye (Falcon Guides)

The area occupied by this very popular park was once known as the “Black Forest” because its towering trees completely shaded the forest floor from the sun. Amazingly that’s still the case in places today. In a state that was once all but completely logged over, Cook Forest is home to some of the most impressive stands of old-growth timber anywhere.

The Log Cabin Inn, the park’s environmental center, is a large log building crafted in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It houses wildlife displays and old logging tools. The Indiana and River Cabins are also on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s some very nice canoeing to be done on the Clarion River and some good trout fishing to be had in Toms Run.

© 2013 Bob Frye/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Clarion
Campsites: 210
Season: Mid-Apr to mid-Dec
Additional Use: Boating, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: (814) 744-8407; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cookforest/index.htm
Fees per Night: $16-$20+
Facilities: Flush toilets, showers (seasonal), water, electricity, sanitary dump station (seasonal), picnic tables, fire rings, coin- operated laundry, environmental center
Driving Directions: Directions to Cook Forest State Park

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