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Cook Forest

Cooksburg, PA 16217-0050
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Cooksburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Traveler Description: Welcome to Cook Forest!                  ... There are many things to do while you are in the area.  Cook forest is in the heart of beautiful... more »
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Coatesville, Pennsylvania, United States
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122 reviews 122 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

What a great (and rare) opportunity to enjoy some original growth forest in PA. A cyclone went through in the 1950's and wiped out a lot of it, but still a significant amount left to be scene. Great trails - both easy and moderate. The Park staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Could easily spend an entire weekend hiking the trails.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I recently visited the Fire Tower with my mom and sister. My mom and dad met in the 70s at Clarion University and they visited the tower then. It was awesome to go there years later to reminisce. After the TALL climb we shook the nerves out by walking around. beautiful area! Great opportunities for photography.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Had a great time camping here. So many trails for hiking and biking. The canoeing was great on Clear creek river. Fishing was so so but it was the end of July. Old #9 Fire Tower gives a a great over all view of the area and at Seneca Point Overlook you can see the Clarion Valley. A good family... More

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Greenwood, Arkansas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

As much as I hate the north anything, Cook Forest is such a beautiful place. I went canoeing down the river, and the view was just breathtaking. Just seeing the trees, hearing the calm water, was just so relaxing. The place is just amazing. I am definitely going back again to visit!

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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Fell in love with Cook Forest when my parents purchased a small cabin about 30 minutes away. Then I went to college at nearby Clarion University and got to enjoy it with friends. We live in Maryland now so we don't get the opportunity to get back much be have stayed at some of the B&B's a couple of times.... More

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Loved the area and the trails. Hiking, tubing, rafting down the river. Family fun for everyone. I liked the fire tower experience. The view is beautiful.

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New Brighton, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The trees are the attraction! Plenty of trails to meet anyone's abilities. Visit during any season. Shopping limited to tourist stuff for the most part.

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Sunbury, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We spent 2 days in the Cook Forest state park, love it here! So much to do--we hiked with our dog on several of the scenic and beautifully maintained park trails, road bikes on the dirt roads, and checked out the amazing Clarion River on edge of park. This is a huge park so we wished had more time but... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I've visited and lived in this area a lot over my life. If you like to bike this area can supply easy to difficult bike routes on lightly traveled back roads. A great route that is scenic and easy runs along the Clarion river north out of Cooks Forest. Turn off of Rt.36 onto River Road where it crosses the... More

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Lakeville, Minnesota
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

There is plenty to do in Cooks Forest. You can either camp or rent one of the many cabins in the area. We have a cabin here so I have not personally stayed at any of them. However, I have gone to the Gateway Lodge for Breakfast, dinner and massages and it is a beautiful place and the food is... More

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