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Cook Forest State Park, Cooksburg

Categories: Forests, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 80 reviews on the web
Cook Forest State Park is a 8500acre Pennsylvania state park in Farmington Township, Clarion County, Barnett Township, Forest County and Barnett Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is a heavily wooded area of rolling hills and mountains along the Clarion River in northwestern Pennsylvania. Cook Forest State Park is known for some of America's finest virgin white pine and hemlock timber stands and was once called the "Black Forest" due to the preponderance of evergreen tree coverage.Cook Forest is now a National Natural Landmark and was rated one of America's top 50 state parks by National Geographic Traveler magazine. It was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".HistoryWhen European-Americans reached this part of Pennsylvania it was inhabited by the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy. They used this area as a hunting grounds; the land of Cook Forest was then purchased by the English. Seneca Rock is still named after the first inhabitants, and the Paramount Pictures' film "Unconquered" was shot here in 1946 by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard.
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  • A lovely state park with gigantic trees, hiking trails, and lots of canoeing/kayaking opportunities. Many rental cabins in the park and outside the park by private vendors. There are a lot of attracti...  read more »
  • I've camped at Ridge Campground in Cooks Forest in the 80's. We had no hookups,but it was nice. In Oct. of 2014,got a new trailer and camped there in site 14. Had electric. Was nice. Last weekend we w...  read more »
  • A must see for anyone to experience PA at it's finest! Originally from PA, but brought friend from AZ to experience this awesome place 
  • No trouble finding fire wood for sale. Miles of trails with mossy growth on all the rocks and felled trees. Told our 6 and a half year old daughter about all the fairies on the ancient forest trail and red eft trail. So she was looking out for all the fairy houses and didn't complain about walking. Took a nice sloooow drive down the road to the fire tower. So nice to see all the unspoiled Pennsylvanian forest.
  • My whole family loves Cook Forest. Haven't been able to get there for a few years due to hubby's health. His family rented cabins there when he was growing up. We spent our honeymoon there over 42 years ago, and have taken our kids and grandkids there. Lots of family - friendly activities in a wooded setting. Relaxing! Really miss going.
  • It is my favorite place on Earth. I look forward to summer just to camp here. Wonderfull trails and cabins, I just feel comfortable there. Can't wait to go this weekend.
  • Cook for State Park had so many things for us to see and do. We went to the firetower and climbed up to the top o take the most beautiful scenery pictures from on top of the trees. While we were walking along the trails in the mountains we are able to take pictures of the rocks and nature was just beautiful. Also there was a Fun Park where we you went go karting, they also had miniature golf, bumper boats , a small food , and a souvenir shop. The staff there are very nice. All the people we met in Cook Forest State Park were beautiful people such friendly and family like.
  • Been going with family for 40 years straight. Great place for family friendly activities, like kayaking, hiking, tubing and swimming!
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