Scenic views from the southeastern corner of Cook Forest State Park give an awesome view, on a clear day one can see up to 20 miles. Seneca Point Overlook gives a view of the Clarion Valley with an 80-foot climb from Old #9 Fire Tower.
Cook Forest State Park once called ‘The Black Forest’ has 8,500 acres in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. The park offers outdoor activities including canoeing, rafting, horseback riding, picnicking, camping, rustic cabin rentals, fishing and hunting in season. Picnic tables are along the Clarion River, River Cabin Picnic Area, and Log Cabin Inn. ADA accessible restrooms are near picnic pavilions.
From depths of Forest Cathedral to heights of Seneca Point diverse landscapes and habitats may be explored with 13 miles of hiking trails. A 13-mile bike route follows lightly traveled roads of the park and Heffern Run Trail. A two-hour loop trail for horseback riders that connect with Old Logging Road Trail winds through beautiful pine plantations.
Clarion River flows along a 10 miles stretch south of the park. It is popular for canoeing, rafting, and fishing. Clarion River is a 110-mile tributary of the Allegheny River in west central Pennsylvania.
Clear Creek State Park has 1,700 acres in the Clear Creek Valley of Pennsylvania, 11 miles east of Cook Forest State Park. The park offers 53 tent and trailer sites in a woodland setting. Within the park are a concrete basketball court and a 9-hole disc golf course.
The campground is open mid April to mid December. There are non-flush toilets and a dump station. The park also rents 22 rustic cabins and two yurts. Cabins and yurts are heated by propane or woodstove.
Allegheny National Forest is north of Cook Forest State Park with 517,000 acres. Its 463,000 acres of forested land have 600 campsites, 6 boat launches, canoe access sites, biking, hiking, and snowmobile trails.
Clarion with a population of 5,276 is 15 miles south west of Cook Forest State Park 115 miles southeast of Erie PA and 100 miles north east of Pittsburgh. It was first settled in 1839 a source for producing coal, lumber and natural gas.
Meadville is a city of 13,388 population, 63 miles north west of Cooksburg. A party led by David Mead positioned nearby two waterways settled it in 1788. Native American Indians who found the area suited for growing maize earlier habituated it. Meadville played a role in the Underground Railroad helping slaves to escape to freedom. In the late 19th century the cities economy was aided by agriculture, iron production, and logging.
Cook Forest State Park is a 3 1/2 hour drive of 200 miles from Rochester NY. Drive US 390 south from Rochester to US 86 at Bath into Pennsylvania, then route 219 at Bradford. Drive south on route 66 following signs to Cook Forest State Park.
A visitor to the park gave the following comment on their visit.
“In my opinion this is Pennsylvania's most beautiful state park.”