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Cook Forest State Park, Cooksburg

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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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  • We were headed for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio, saw that the RNC was being held downtown, and decided to ditch that for a nature trip instead. We did not regret it! We started in the Erie, PA...  more »
  • This was my 3rd visit to stay at the state park. the first 2 times were in the campground in tents, it is a nice campground. This was my first time in the cabins and finding out anything about them wa...  more »
  • We camped with some friends in October and had a great time. The camp sites are very nice and the facilities are decent. We hope we will be able to go back soon!  more »
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  • We have not camped here but the hiking is fantastic. The forest cathedral area old growth forest can't be missed. A nice long loop can be made through this area and around the whole park.
  • 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.
  • The address that is listed is a private home! It is not inside the park. This listing should have the actual park office, not the residence of an employee or something. I was 1/2 late for an event that was in the park because I followed these directions and then had no idea how to get to the park office or the shelter the event was at!