First Day Hike: Cook Trail

Join the Friends of Cook Forest at the River Cabins parking lot by the new River Pavilion. Come explore the old growth forest along Cook Trail with this 90 minute interpretive hike. We’ll review some of the characteristics of old growth forest and discuss the history of this section of the park. People/pet friendly leashed pets welcome.

Monday, January 1, 2024 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Check with the Park Office for more information at 814-744-8407

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