Looking for ideas for what to do while visiting the area? Scroll the list below and check out our Event Calendar with local happenings. Enjoy music, art, theater, and shopping along with forest activities that will surely please any outdoor enthusiast!
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.
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. Click here for a Cook Forest scavenger hunt list for kids!
The Cooksburg Cafe is located at Cook Riverside Cabins adjacent to the Clarion River.
We serve 38 flavors of delicious, premium Hershey’s Ice Cream along with a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, pizza and more. Bring your favorite four-legged friend along for a pup cup!
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. It's a great place to go birding any time of the year - click here for printable Cook Forest birding checklist! Observing wildlife great and small is a great way to get kids outside!
Theater, Events, Artisans, Shopping
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.
Cooksburg Dry Goods is our quaint, woodland-themed gift shop in the heart of Cook Forest. Find unique gifts for those hard to buy for loved ones, pick up postcards and souvenirs, camping supplies, and snacks for your float or hike! 2018 Cook Forest Gingerbread Tour is November 2-4!
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.
Hiking, ATV Riding, Fishing ...
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.
Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Fishing ...
Clear Creek is just a short drive from Cook Forest and is also along the Clarion River Valley with over 25 miles of hiking trails along with great fishing streams, fantastic wildlife viewing and about 1,000 acres open for hunting.
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 the Native American Gift, Souvenir and Rock Shop. Open from April through November. Don't miss this Cook Forest icon!