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Cook Forest Ramble Professional Review and Guide
"The Cook Forest Ramble is a delightful spin through a deep, dark forest of old-growth timber. Combine your tour with a short hike on one of the many trails in the state park. Plan a picnic along the scenic and gentle Clarion River and take a refreshing dip in its invigorating waters. After your ramble, rent a canoe or inner tube and enjoy the river as hundreds of Clarion University students do. Spend the night at the Gateway Lodge, one of the top country inns in the United States."
--Jim Homerosky, Road Biking Western Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides).
Had a nice ride. My wife and I road the more difficult 18 mile loop. We road it backwards because we were looking forward to riding along the Clarion river. It did not disappoint. Post card material. It was very peaceful despite riding through a half marathon. At the end of our river section we were faced with a very steep climb. If you ride the recommended direction the elevation gain is more gradual. But you would climb right away with no warm up. Next time we are going to ride river section first, turn around and ride back to the starting point and continue the recommended route. That would make it a 34 mile total.
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