Looking for a great trail in Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Cook Forest State Park ranging from 1.9 to 10.5 miles and from 1,158 to 1,610 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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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.

Well marked easy trail to follow. Relatively flat with the exception of step drop to the river. The trail back up was more gradual. The views from the fire tower were good, might be better without the leaves.

bridge out
1 month ago

Beautiful drive in to the trail. Fire tower was incredible, especially watching the sunset!

Beautiful trail well maintained and marked well with posts. The maps are good and well worth reading. Easy to manage with some fallen trees but nothing to stop the trek. A moderate trail and appropriate for those with basic regular health.

only went 2 miles but loved it!! hope to do more soon:)

Trail head is across the street from the ranger’s station across the busy street at the base of the bridge. It can be muddy at the beginning. The view is worth seeing! You can climb to the top of the fire tower which is very close to the scenic point.

trail running
3 months ago

Longfellow is good for a more advanced runner. If you're a newbie trail runner like me, stick to Tom's Run as it's flatter. If you want a good combo of hiking and running (which is what I ended up doing), the whole thing is pretty good. It's also lovely to do in the cold and wet springtime.

4 months ago

Great short hike with huge old growth hemlock and white pine. Peaceful walk along Toms Run!

slug, chipmunk, woodpecker, junko, vultures

Red efts, millipedes, toads, frog eggs, stink bug, lots of birds, fungi, plants and protists.

Liggett Trail Super nice trail, well kept and very scenic. Very easy trail, good for beginners or for anyone looking for a nice walk. Some muddy patches and potentially buggy, we went in early April so the bugs were nonexistent. Would recommend to anyone looking for a calm way to spend an hour or two.

Close by parking, trail was easy to find and well labeled. Great views by the river :)

11 months ago

Beautiful hike, we did hit a fork in the road where we thought it would loop around to, but it never did. We will have to go back some day and take the left fork. Trail does kind of empty out on to the road at the end, follow it down hill about 100 feet to hop back into the trail then take a sharp left to get back to the trail head.

Good trail for beginners and children. lots of little spur trails to get tour heart rate up and legs some exercise. I will do it again soon

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A quick, family-friendly hike. Easily to follow and the views are great.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Overall great hike!! We took the Seneca trail all the way up and around and back down. Strenuous on the uphill but beautiful!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Absolutely beautiful! It is hilly on the way up and downhill on the way down. A very beautiful area. Glad we chose this hike. Lots of little trails intersect with this trail making a big loop. Very well maintained. Nice areas to camp.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hiked down to the river for a nice lunch view. Someone turned the trail sign and we missed the turn to complete the loop. Ended up continuing on Baker’s Trail until Gravel Lick Run. Ran into a couple who gave us a map. We decided to double back the way we came and glad we did. Turns out the last half mile or so of River Trail is on the dirt access road. Our 2.2 mike hike turned into 6 miles because the sign was turned. Spontaneous adventure.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The forest cathedral area is gorgeous. It’s a bunch of tiny trails that intersect, some easier and some more up hill. We parked around pavilion number 1, and took Tom’s Run trail to the swinging bridge. We then met up with the rhododendron trail and followed that up to the Indian trial. We headed west on that trail until it met with Longfellow and took that south until it intersected with ancient forest. Ancient forest will again meet up with Longfellow and take you right back to the parking lots. Great hike!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

It was a nice short hike for me but I did get confused when I came off the trail onto a road with cabins.... turns out I needed to follow the road just a short ways down to get back on the trail.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Beautiful hike offering a variety of activity options! Clearly marked , well maintained trails.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Extremely beautiful, just a little crowded

Monday, July 17, 2017

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

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