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Cook Forest State Park is a 8,500-acre (3,440 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Farmington Township, Clarion County, Barnett Township, Jefferson County and Barnett Township, Forest County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is often referred to as the "Black Forest" of Pennsylvania.


Cook Forest State Park is located 11 miles (18 km) south of the Allegheny National Forest on Pennsylvania Route 36. It is situated in North Western Pennsylvania near the towns of Clarion and Brookville, providing ample outdoor recreation to visitors.

Natural Features

The park is renowned for its stands of old-growth forest consisting of White Pine, Hemlock, and mixed hardwoods. It's a picturesque landscape that attracts nature lovers and photographers.

Camping Information

Reservations: Reservations for campgrounds can be made up to 11 months in advance. It is strongly advised to book in advance, especially during peak seasons, due to the popularity of the park.

Campgrounds: There are several options for camping within Cook Forest State Park, including:

  • Ridge Camp: Offers modern facilities such as flush toilets, showers, and electric hook-ups.
  • River Cabins: The park has rustic cabins available for rent, which are located near the Clarion River.
  • Group Tenting: Areas specifically designated for large, organized groups.

Amenities: The park provides a range of amenities that include:

  • Fire rings
  • Picnic tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Well-maintained latrines

Campsite Regulations:

  • Quiet hours are typically enforced from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Pets may be permitted in designated areas but should be leashed and controlled at all times.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in all Pennsylvania state parks, including Cook Forest.


Cook Forest State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities such as:

  • Hiking: Over 29 miles of trails cater to a range of skill levels.
  • Fishing: The Clarion River is a designated scenic river with opportunities to fish for trout, walleye, and other species.
  • Canoeing and Kayaking: The Clarion River provides excellent waters for boating activities.
  • Swimming: Although there is no swimming pool in the park, river swimming is popular.
  • Interpretive Programs: The park provides educational programs about the ecology and history of the park.

Wildlife Watching

The park's rich biodiversity offers ample opportunities for wildlife watching, including birds, deer, and other native fauna.

Winter Activities

During the winter, the park serves as a venue for:

  • Snowmobiling: Designated trails are available for snowmobile enthusiasts.
  • Cross-Country Skiing: Trails are maintained for cross-country skiing, depending on snow conditions.

Other Considerations

  • Connectivity: Cell service can be sporadic, so plan accordingly.
  • Safety: Be aware of wildlife and take necessary precautions against ticks and other pests.

Contact Information

For the most current information or specific questions, visitors are encouraged to contact the park directly or visit the official website:

Address: Cook Forest State Park, 113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217
Phone: 814-744-8407
Website: Cook Forest State Park

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