About Cook Forest, PA 

Cook Forest State Park is next to Clear Creek State Park and the Allegheny National Forest in the Pennsylvania Wilds. 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. Cook Forest, PA and the surrounding areas also include horseback riding, fishing (there’s a children’s fishing pond too), camping, hiking, deer ranch, mini golf, water slides, bumper boats, and so much more.  The Sawmill Art Center and Theater, several gifts shops, many restaurants and lounges, antiques, local wineries and a distillery, and churches of many denominations can be found in and around Cook Forest State Park. Come and stay at Hominy Ridge Lodge and Cabins and take in all that nature has to offer.

Cook Forest activities are abundant year round, making it an ideal destination for the entire family. Below is just a partial list of the many Cook Forest activities available, including dozens of recreational, shopping and dining options.

Gift Shops / Shopping

  • Hominy Ridge Gift Shop
  • Briar Hill Rustic Furniture
  • Cook Forest Trading Post
  • Cooksburg Dry Goods
  • Cypress Clocks and Gift Shop
  • The Farmers Inn
  • Farmer Smith’s Gift Store and Garden
  • New Salem Stoneware
  • Parker’s Indian Trading Post
  • The Pickle Barrel
  • The Simple Things of Cook Forest
  • Tall Oaks
  • The Woodcrafters

Recreational Activities

  • Cook Forest Scenic Trail Ride and Dude Ranch
  • Cook Forest Canoe Rental
  • Cook Forest Fun Park
  • Double Diamond Deer Ranch
  • Pale Whale Canoe Fleet
  • Sawmill Art Center and Theatre
  • Pine Crest Trail Rides and Fun Park
  • ATV/ Bike/ Snowmobile Trails
  • 27 Hiking Trails
  • Clarion River
  • Fire Tower Lookout and Seneca Point Lookout
  • Numerous Picnic Areas
  • Hunting (many state game lands)
  • Fishing (Numerous Stocked Streams)
  • Forest Cathedral (largest hemlocks on the Eastern side of the USA)
  • Ice skating, Sled Riding, Tubing, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing

Dining Options

  • Cook Forest Country Inn
  • Cooksburg Café
  • Farmers Inn
  • Sportsman’s Paradise
  • Iron Mountain Grill
  • The Forest Nook
  • Gateway Lodge
  • Mama Does Restaurant
  • Sawmill Restaurant
  • Trails End
  • Vince’s Tavern