Cook Forest State Park is tremendous. At 8,500-acres it comes in as one of the largest state parks in Pennsylvania. Its hiking trails connect to several other states, and offer spectacular sightseeing opportunities. The Clarion River that winds through Cook Forest State Park offers excellent opportunities for both sports and recreation.
A strong kayaking community exists, and visitors are welcome to try their hand at these mighty waters. If you're looking to have more of a relaxing time on the river, tubing is a great way to beat the summer heat while still taking in the gorgeous forest scenery. Tubing is done through the park's central office, and rentals are available for newcomers.
Canines are allowed on the shores of this river, provided they're restrained on a 6-foot leash or shorter. Hiking is very popular here, due to the park's "Forest Cathedral" containing ancient white pines and hemlocks. In 1994, this series of trails attained the status of a National Natural Landmark. With 47 total miles of trails to explore, there's a path for everyone here.
Park officals urge visitors to do their homework and come prepared, even if you're only expecting a 1-hour hike. Visitors have been known to get lost, and this can easily be prevented with some added preparation. There are entrances to not one but two interstate hiking entrances, the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Baker Trail. Both of these span hundreds of miles and are a great way to see the country.
Canines are often spotted on these trails and are welcome. However, your dog needs to stay on a 6-foot leash or shorter at all times. If you are planning an overnight stay, Cook Forest State Park has 210 campsites that each feature a fire ring and picnic table.
There are 35 sites also feature on-site water services, as well as 50-amp electrical hookups and sewage disposal. Pets are permitted on these sites for an additional fee, provided they stay restrained at all times and steer clear of any indoor structures. Come to Cook Forest State Park today and enjoy nature with your furbaby.