Cook Forest State Park encompasses 6,668 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. Bordered by the picturesque Clarion River, the park is most known for virgin white pine and hemlock timber stands. Classified as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service, Cook Forest State Park is often referred to as the "Black Forest" of Pennsylvania.
The park is located in Clarion, Forest and Jefferson counties. From the east take exit 78 off Interstate Route 80 then PA Route 36 North, directly to the park in Cooksburg. From the west take exit 8 off Interstate Route 80 then take PA Route 66 North to Leeper. From Leeper follow PA Route 36 South, 7 miles to the park.
Cook Forest State Park is open on a year-round. A trail system of 27 miles reaches magnificent timber stands. Family camping, organized group tenting and cabins are available. Fishing, picnicking, swimming, bumper boats , go-carts, the deer ranch, theater, a maze, and canoeing are popular summer pursuits. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding and ice-skating.
Special picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. Comfort stations which can accommodate wheelchairs are located in the Shelter 1 Area, and at the sawmill/pool area. A special fishing pond is located near the park office. An access ramp, comfort facilities and a lift are provided at the swimming pool. A paved trail and paved picnic sites with grills are available at the sawmill area. Some paved sites with tables, grills and electric hook-ups and accessible comfort and shower facilities are available at the campground.