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Address: 113 River Road P.O. Box 120 Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120
Park Manager: Ryan Borcz
Contact Info: 814-744-8407
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Park Alerts ( 5 Alerts )

  • The water level of the children's fishing pond has been lowered until further notice.  A large tree limb fell on the dam and damaged several stones.  Until repairs can be made, the fishing pond will remain drawn down.

  • Trail Advisory:  Please proceed with caution when hiking on Tobecco Trail.  Be advised the trail is not well established and terrain is rugged.  The park is making efforts to improve trail conditions.

  • Seasons and Hours: Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

  • Drone Restrictions: To protect park resources, limit conflict with other park users, and avoid safety and privacy liabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, are only permitted on designated flying fields in six remote controlled airfield parks (Beltsville, Benjamin Rush, Hillman, Lackawanna, Prompton, and Tuscarora). Drones are only permitted in other PA State Parks in very limited circumstances which require a special use permit.

  • General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

    To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

    • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

    • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

    • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood

    • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, www.agriculture.pa.gov and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

Park Description

The 8,500-acre Cook Forest State Park lies in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Once called the “Black Forest,” the area is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest’s “Forest Cathedral” of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River connects Clear Creek State Park to Cook Forest State Park along a scenic 10-mile stretch of river which is popular for canoeing and rafting.

Things To Do ( 14 Available)

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    • Cook Forest Campground
      Season : 9 Months
      Restroom : Modern/Rustic
      Campsites : 210 Sites
      Electric : Yes
      Pets Allowed : Yes
      ADA Accessible : Yes
      Please be aware that only designated sites have electric, allow pets and are ADA accessible.
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    Education Programs

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    Sight Seeing

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    Historical Places

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    Scenic View

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    Cross Country Skiing

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    • Mohawk
      not set 2.42 miles
    • Seneca
      Most Difficult 0.45 miles
    • River
      Most Difficult 0.74 miles
    • Swining Bridge
      Easiest 0.03 miles
    • Birch
      Easiest 0.85 miles
    • Joyce Kilmer
      More Difficult 1.54 miles
    • Toms Run
      Easiest 0.77 miles
    • Old Logging Rd
      Easiest 0.63 miles
    • Equestrian Trail
      Easiest 1.47 miles
    • Deer Meadow
      Easiest 1.47 miles
    • Ridge
      Easiest 0.68 miles
    • North Country Trail
      Easiest 9.22 miles
    • Indian
      More Difficult 0.98 miles
    • Black Bear Trail
      Easiest 1.06 miles
    • Rhododendron
      More Difficult 1.20 miles
    • Camp
      More Difficult 2.00 miles
    • Cook Trail
      More Difficult 2.04 miles
    • Heffern Run
      More Difficult 1.09 miles
    • Ancient Forest Trail
      More Difficult 0.36 miles
    • Corduroy
      More Difficult 1.21 miles
    • Paved Trail
      Easiest 0.21 miles
    • Red Eft
      Easiest 0.20 miles
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    Horse Trail

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