Clarion River

Pale Whale Canoe Fleet

Pale Whale Canoe Fleet is Cook Forest’s premier livery for canoe, kayak, inner tube, and river raft rentals on the ‘Wild & Scenic’ Clarion River!  Open from April through October, we have a variety of trips to help you make the most of your outing.

Hiking Trails

Cook Forest State Park

The 47 miles of hiking trails and 4.3 miles of multi-use trails are a great attraction to the park. The trails explore the old growth timber areas, wetlands and are avenues for wildlife watching. An additional 24 miles of multi-use trails and 8 miles of hiking trails are located within the Clarion River Lands.

Good Eats

Cooksburg Cafe

The Cooksburg Cafe is located at Cook Riverside Cabins adjacent to the Clarion River.Hersheys Ice Cream Logo
We serve 38 flavors of delicious, premium Hershey’s Ice Cream along with a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, pizza and more.

Wildlife Viewing

Cook Forest State Park

View abundant wildlife year around throughout the park and along the Clarion River including whitetail deer, black bear, river otters, and bald eagles to name just a few. Observing wildlife great and small is a great way to get kids outside!


Cooksburg Dry Goods

Cooksburg Dry Goods is our quaint, woodland-themed gift facebookshop in the heart of Cook Forest.  Find unique gifts for those hard to buy for loved ones, pick up post cards and souvenirs, camping supplies, and snacks for your float or hike!


Cook Forest State Park

Fish the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Clarion River for trout, bass, catfish, and pan fish. Toms Run is stocked with trout in the spring along with a special fishing pond near the park office which is available to kids age 12 or younger and people with a disability.  Please be sure to follow all state fishing regulations.


Parker's Indian Trading Post

Established in the mid 1950’s and located on Rt. 36 (1 mile south of Cook Forest State Park)  stop in to Parker's Indian Trading Post and browse through our Native American Gift, Souvenir and Rock Shop.

Theater, Events, Artisans

Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts

The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts is open May until the first weekend in November featuring musicals, comedies, drama, music and dance productions, music and art festivals, workshops and classes, and an artisan craft market.

Hiking, ATV Riding, Fishing ...

Allegheny National Forest

Enjoy the Allegheny National Forest which is begins less than 15 miles from Cook Forest. Fish, hunt, hike, and enjoy ATV riding. Over 517,000 acres stretching four counties to enjoy.