About Cook Forest, PA

About Cook Forest, Cook Forest State Park, 2018 Pa State Park of the Year, is in close proximity 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 and uniquely was once called the “Black Forest”. Subsequently, Cook Forest State Park is famous for its stands of old growth forest, including the Tallest Hemlocks and white pines on the East Coast. As a matter of fact, it is called the “Forest Cathedral” and is a National Natural Landmark.

Not to mention, 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. Coupled with Cook Forest, PA and the surrounding areas, it also includes, 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.

Equally important is, 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.

Last but not least, 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 in Cook Forest Area

  • 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
  • Parker’s Indian Trading Post
  • The Pickle Barrel
  • The Simple Things of Cook Forest
  • Tall Oaks
  • The Woodcrafters


Recreational Activities in Cook Forest Area

  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Slides
  • Bumper Boats
  • Go Carts
  • Deer Ranch
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Tubing
  • Kayaking
  • Sawmill Art Center and Theater
  • ATV/ Bike/ Snowmobile Trails
  • 27 Hiking Trails
  • Clarion River
  • Overlooks
  • Picnicking
  • 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