A staple in Cook Forest community, the Pickle Barrel, will be hosting a National Fireman Appreciation Day event at their location on Saturday, May 7th from 10am-4pm. Located 1.25 miles south of Cook Forest on Route 36, The Pickle Barrel is a local establishment here in Cook Forest, offering 3200 sq.ft. of local and handmade items. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Erick and Linda, the owners of the Pickle Barrel, you should stop in and say hi! If you decide to bring the kids down, there will be a 'touch a truck' event, allowing them to explore an active fire truck, as well as fire prevention and awareness education courses. They even have the opportunity to meet [...]
When out and about on our beautifully-scenic Cook Forest hiking trails and State Park areas, keep your eyes peeled for a familiar Pennsylvania guest, the Eastern Coyote. Since the late 1930's, the domestic Eastern coyote has been a guest of the northern populations of Pennsylvania, ever since it migrated in from the Catskill Mountains-area of New York. With their expansion in the 1960's, several species have been located in virtually all of Pennsylvania's counties, with the heaviest concentrations being in the norther areas of the state. Weighing in at 45-55 lbs. for a male, and 35-40 lbs. as a female, Pennsylvania's coyote population is considerably larger than most of the common coyotes in the United States, also referred to as [...]
People in Pennsylvania have experienced more bear sightings most probably because more of us have been home to see them due to the pandemic. Have you or someone you know seen a black bear lately - such as in your trash, in a tree or just walking by? I know we have here in Cook Forest. According the the PA Game Commission, black bear live in 3/4 of Pennsylvania making it more likely for you to spot one. It is reported that an estimated 20,000 black bears make their home in Pennsylvania. That is a lot of bears! A mild May probably drew more bears out into the open during the day. Black bears usually are out at dawn and dusk. [...]
Saturday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m. - SNOWMAN IN THE FOREST DAY. Wintry activities along Clarion River in Cook Forest State Park. Activities are to be held at the new River Pavilion on River Road. 11:30 a.m. Lunch provided; Chili Cook-Off (hot and mild) 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Carriage rides, sledding, snowman building, ice skating (ice skates available) 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Snowshoe interpretive hike within the old growth forest along Cook Trail, meet at the new River Shelter. 1:00 pm Happy Dog Contest Bring your puppy!! Remember, during this event, Cook Forest Top Hill Cabins still has cabin openings. Plus, our Cabin Fever Special where you book 2 nights and get one additional night free is still [...]
The holiday season is quickly approaching and Pennsylvania’s shops, attractions, parks, and venues are ready to put on a show! From twinkling holiday lights to splendid Christmas markets and festive trolley rides, discover holiday spirit in PA this November. To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this fall, check out the visitPA website. Know before you go: We recommend contacting your destination before your visit for their latest rules and regulations. Find up-to-date COVID-19 traveler resources on the visitPA website. 1. Cook Forest Gingerbread Tour Shop the 20-mile corridor of unique shops and boutiques between Cook Forest State Park and Historic Brookville along the Cook Forest Gingerbread Tour. This pre-Christmas shopping extravaganza features a diverse selection of beautiful creations that will [...]
Chainsaw Carver's Roundup at the Sawmill Center for the Arts, Cook Forest State Park, is coming again on September 17, 18 and 19. Be there and get your wood carving pieces. The artists create some wonderful pieces. The Bear Mailbox was carved for us by Joie Dussia. He and his wife, Zoie, also a Chainsaw Carver Artist, come to the Chainsaw Carver's Roundup almost every year. They are from Ridgeway and are wonderful artists. If you are staying in one of our cabins, the Sawmill is only about 1 mile from us.
Seneca Point Overlook is just about 5 miles from our cabins and is off of Route 36 across from Ridge Campground. One of our guests snapped this wonderful photo of the sunset at Seneca Point. The other landmark that is at Seneca Point is the Fire Tower where you can usually climb to the top. Seneca Point is a must see when you visit Cook Forest State Park.
Try The Sky Walk At Kinzua Bridge Approximately 45 minutes from our cabins, this makes for a great day trip. But, are you brave enough to experience this sky walk? Mother Nature simply won’t take no for an answer but, then again, neither will the Kinzua Bridge. In 2003, Mother Nature's tornado ripped through Kinzua State Park, and succeeded in bringing down all but one-third of the 2,000+ foot long Kinzua Bridge. But, despite the storm, part of the Kinzua Bridge refused to collapse. Today, the 600 feet of bridge that survived has become one of the state’s most spectacular sky walks, giving visitors a stunning view of the forest floor and the remains of the bridge scattered around some [...]
This is a great photograph of Mountain Laurel (PA's State Flower) blooming along the Clarion River.