Cook Forest - Clarion River Tour Circuitous Route between Marienville and North Bank Clarion River

Marienville, Pennsylvania

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This 53.7-mile circuit out of Marienville visits the virgin trees of Cook Forest State Park, pursues the curvaceous Clarion River, and makes a wildlife stop at Buzzard Swamp before it draws to a close. This primeval forest and scenic river drive starts from the Marienville Ranger Station (just northeast of Marienville) and travels at a clip along the highway, before slowing to a crawl upon entering the sylvan wonderland of record-sized trees. Hallmark of the Pennsylvania state park system, 6,668-acre Cook Forest, encompasses one of the largest virgin white pine and eastern hemlock forests remaining in the eastern United States. Here, too, motorists meet up with the Clarion River, which in 1996 was designated a federal wild and scenic river. Special attractions: A National Natural Landmark cathedral forest; Clarion Wild and Scenic River access and views; Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts; a 1929 fire tower; Knox, Kane, Kinzua Railroad; wildlife ponds; rhododendron and laurel blooms; autumn foliage; winter sports, picnicking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, inner tubing, bird watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Cook Forest - Clarion River Tour: Circuitous Route between Marienville & North Bank Clarion River Professional Review and Guide

"This 53.7-mile circuit out of Marienville visits the virgin trees of Cook Forest State Park, pursues the curvaceous Clarion River, and makes a wildlife stop at Buzzard Swamp before it draws to a close. This primeval forest and scenic river drive starts from the Marienville Ranger Station (just northeast of Marienville) and travels at a clip along the highway, before slowing to a crawl upon entering the sylvan wonderland of record-sized trees. Hallmark of the Pennsylvania state park system, 6,668-acre Cook Forest, encompasses one of the largest virgin white pine and eastern hemlock forests remaining in the eastern United States. Here, too, motorists meet up with the Clarion River, which in 1996 was designated a federal wild and scenic river.

Special attractions: A National Natural Landmark cathedral forest; Clarion Wild and Scenic River access and views; Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts; a 1929 fire tower; Knox, Kane, Kinzua Railroad; wildlife ponds; rhododendron and laurel blooms; autumn foliage; winter sports, picnicking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, inner tubing, bird watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Marienville
Distance: 53.7
Season: Year-round, when free from snow
Local Contacts: Clear Creek State Park, Allegheny National Forest, North Country National Scenic Trail
Driving Directions: Directions to Cook Forest - Clarion River Tour: Circuitous Route between Marienville & North Bank Clarion River

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May 2018