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 Forests 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.
Beautiful shaded trails through the woods. There is a beautiful swinging bridge off of Rhododendron Trail. I also love starting at the Environmental Learning Center and taking Longfellow Trail. This is a bit longer hike but you get to see an old well & some trees 300+ years old! They call this area the Forest Cathedral, and it is grand!
We hiked this trail along with a few neighboring trails along the way to make a 3 mile loop back to where we parked on Forest Road. Many great things to see along the way! Another great trail in Cook Forest State Park! Would greatly recommend!
Took a bit of rododendrom, longfellow and the red eft.....about 4-5 miles and took indian to get back to the parking lot we were in.....great trail system for some moderate to easy trails. Agree with other review in that the preserved old trees make for a great experience. We found the markings pretty easy despite the trails being covered with leaves.
Weekdays on a holiday week and saw very few people and all trail parts were in good condition. Walks along the creek were nice, road traffic....silence came in the cathedral forest where the hemlocks blocked out all sound. Must do if you are near cook forest.
Very nice 6.5-mile trail system in the largest and one of the best preserved old-growth forest areas in the northeastern U.S. The trails wind through stands of 250-400 year-old Eastern Hemlocks and White Pines that include some of the tallest trees east of the Mississippi River.
An especially nice feature of the Forest Cathedral trail system is that multiple access points and short, interconnected trails allow hikers to select the length and difficulty of their route. More strenuous routes begin near the Cook Forest State Park office. Easier routes begin at the trailheads along Forest Road.
Susan S. on Longfellow, Joyce Kilmer, and Rhodo...
An interesting series of trails but we had a lot of trouble finding our way. There seemed to be done unofficial created paths that kept causing us confusion. But a lovely walk in a PA old forest.