The 8,500 park, once called the "Black Forest," is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest's "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River is along the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and fishing.
Call or go online for camping reservations. Tent and trailer campsites, cabins and organized group tenting are available.
Enjoy the beauty of Cook Forest by hiking on one of 27 marked trails. The terrain is of rolling hills and cool valley streams. Special scenic areas are the old growth forest, Fire Tower/Seneca Point and the Clarion River. Part of the 140-mile Baker Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail pass through Cook Forest.
Bikes are permitted on all one-way, dirt roads within the park.
Two designated bridle trails and portions of Brown's Run Trail comprise 4.5 miles of trails for horseback riding.
There are 12 miles of snowmobile trails, three acres of sledding slopes and three designated cross-country ski trails in the park.
About 7,000 acres are open to hunting and trapping. Common games species include: deer, turkey, bear, and squirrel.