The Best Hiking Trails in Cook Forest State Park
With nearly 50 miles of hiking trails, including several miles of multi-use trails, Cook Forest State Park is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Ranging from easy to difficult, the trails suit hikers of all skill levels, including small children.
1. Baker Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail
Comprising a 12-mile stretch through the park's forest, two trails, Baker Trail and North Country National Scenic Trail, cut through Cook Forest State Park and follow the banks of the Clarion River. This hike is one of the more difficult treks in the park.
2. Liggett Trail
An easier trail that's good for families and under two miles long, Liggett Trail takes hikers through scenic old growth forest and is a good place to watch for local bird species.
3. Tobecco Trail
Another of the park's more difficult trails, Tobecco Trail begins on the banks of the Clarion River and ascends to two ridge tops, where hikers can take in stunning forest views.
4. Indian Trail
A short but difficult trail, Indian Trail is steep but worth the effort for the pond and forest views it provides.
5. Equestrian Trail
An easy, multi-use trail, Equestrian Trail leads hikers and horseback riders through a 1930s red pine plantation where you can spot hawks and white-tailed deer.
Great Places to Stay Near Cook Forest State Park
The Best Family Activities in Cook Forest State Park
Cook Forest State Park offers many activities and attractions throughout the year. During the warmer months, you'll find horseback riding, camping, water sports, and wildlife watching. In the winter, Pennsylvania's snowfall lends itself to ice skating and sledding. Cook Forest State Park cabins are perfect for evenings by the fire.
1. Horseback riding
Saddle up with your family and see the park on horseback. There's a simple loop trail that will take you through pine plantations, and there are an additional 24 miles of riding trails in the Clarion River Lands.
2. Kayaking and canoeing
Set out on the Clarion River, a Class 1 river, in a kayak or canoe – it's best enjoyed in the spring and fall.
Cook Forest State Park has 210 campsites with fire rings and picnic tables. The campgrounds have restrooms and showers, making camping fun and convenient for your family.
4. Winter sports
The colder months are the perfect time to stay at one of the cozy Cook Forest State Park cabins to spend your days ice skating, sledding, or cross-country skiing.