Area Information Including Cook Forest’s Wild Animals
You will have the opportunity to see Black Bear, Elk & White Tailed Deer in Cook Forest State Park
The 7,182-acre Cook Forest State Park, once called the “Black Forest”, is in scenic NW Pennsylvania. Famous for its old growth forest and the “Forest Cathedral” of huge white pines and hemlocks, Cook Forest State Park is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River runs through the park and is popular for canoeing, tubing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. For picnicking, picnic tables are along Clarion River, in the Sawmill Area and the Fire Tower Road. Two large picnic pavilions may also be reserved through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Picnic pavilions not reserved are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms and picnic tables are nearby.
Visit The Clarion River
The Clarion River is a very scenic canoe trip. A canoe launch area and parking are three miles upstream from Cooksburg along River Road. A few private canoe rentals are in the Cooksburg area. For information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission Website.
Fire Tower near Seneca Point – two scenic views in the park are: (1) From Seneca Point Overlook where you can see the Clarion Valley and (2) 80-feet up the Fire Tower is a breathtaking view of around 15 to 20 miles. There are 27 marked trails of rolling hills and cool valley streams for your hiking pleasure. Special scenic areas for your hike are the old growth forest, Fire Tower/Seneca Point and the Clarion River. Trail maps are available at the park office on River Road. Baker Trail, which totals 140 miles, and the North Country National Scenic Trail run through Cook Forest. Bicycles are permitted the park but you will need to bring your own bicycles. The Bicycle Route, of moderate difficulty, is 11.5 miles long and follows lightly traveled roads within the park and Heffern Run Trail. Highlights of the route are a leisurely four-mile flat ride through scenic Tom’s Run Valley, Forest Drive and a challenging descent along the Heffern Run Trail. About 7,200 acres are open to hunting, trapping and training dogs during hunting seasons. Deer, turkey, bear and squirrel can be found in the park. Hunting woodchucks or groundhogs is prohibited.
The Clarion River flows along the park border and provides fishing for trout, warm-water game fish and pan fish. Tom’s Run is stocked with trout. A special fishing pond is stocked with trout, near the park office, for use by children 12 and younger and people with a disability. Need more information on hunting and fishing? Visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission web site. Do you like Cross-Country Skiing? Plus a lighted ice skating pond along River Road and three acres of sledding slopes, there are three designated cross-country ski trails in the park.
Rail 66 Trail
Crossing Finish Line
This is Rail 66, a 4-season trail, which is a walking/biking, non-motorized trail about 3 miles from our cabins. The trail starts at Rt 322 and Rt 66 in Marienne and goes north along Rt 66 to Vowinckel. Beyond Vowinckel, it extends through Forest, Elk and McKean Counties to Kinzua State Park. So, if you are up for it, bring your bicycles and try this trail! Here’s a photo of a young man crossing the finish line during the recent bicycle race on Rail 66.
MACA Pool (Marienville, PA)
Kids enjoying underwater swim in the pool
MACA Pool in Marienville, PA is open to the public in the summer. MACA Pool Hours can be viewed by clicking on this link. MACA is approximately 12 miles from our cabins, in the middle of Marienville. Nice escape from the summer heat!
Information for this page has been referenced from sources such as: “Experience the Greatness, Northwest Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors Magazine,” & The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.