nature trips

trail running

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 trail. Steep in sections. The trail blazes have faded and are very difficult to see. However, it is easy to see the trail without them. Once you intersect with other trails, the trails are well marked

Beautiful trail! Usually quiet and you will not run into many others on the trail. I've done this trail with young children and their grandfather. there are a few steep sections, but everyone enjoyed the hike

Great trail for all skill levels, love the swinging bridge!

Extremely beautiful, just a little crowded

7 months ago

This trail was a nice little hike. The old growth pines were beautiful and strong and the trail itself was well maintained and marked. I did not care for the recent seats that were shabily cut into a few old fallen pines, to me it took a little away from the asthetics. For novice hiker I would rate this as an easy hike. For a beginner this is slightly moderate. Took about two hours with a dog leading the way and a baby on my wife and my back's.

Perfect hike for family my 4 year old got
A little tired but made it all the way

Beautiful hike on Longfellow and Ancient Forest trails, though there were a couple very large trees down across the trails. Wish each trail had its own separate entry on here since we didn't do Joyce or Rhododendron :)

Beautiful views, fairly easy hike and just a wonderful trail!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beautiful trail. Some pretty steep sections. There are areas on the loop that are not well marked

Thursday, August 04, 2016

I love Seneca Point, you can see for miles! There is also a fire tower that gives you a great view. Beautiful, well-maintained trails.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Beautiful old growth forest, some trees 300+ years old. Lovely trail through the woods.

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!

Beautiful train. We hiked along the Longfellow trail, switched to the Ancient Forest trail and then took the Tom's Run trail back to the car. We had 6 kids from 4-10 years old with us. They hiked without complaint.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Very cool trail that goes down too a beautiful spot on the Clarion River. I didn't want to leave once we got down to the river! It was very peaceful. Would definitely recommend this trail!

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!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

We hiked this trail along with a few neighboring trails along the way to make a 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!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

First hike of the year, caught a 50 degree February day. Nice trail overall!

Friday, November 27, 2015

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.

For a good Hike take the Indian trail and Long Fellow.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

One of my favorites, we would go on this trail and climb around the rocks every summer as a kid. Family friendly and fun!

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