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 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 rafting.
Camping: modern sites, some with electric
Modern restrooms with showers are available late May through early October. The 226 tent and trailer campsites have a picnic table and fire ring, and six sites are ADA accessible. There is a sanitary dump station and coin-operated laundry facilities. Pets are permitted on designated sites.
This campground opens in mid-April and closes in mid-December. Modern restrooms and the dump station close in mid-October.
Cabins: The 23 rustic cabins rent from the second Friday in April to late December. All cabins are minimally furnished. Each cabin has beds, mattresses, gas stove, refrigerator, and tables and chairs. Occupants must provide their own bedding, cookware and tableware. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted.
There are two cabin areas at Cook Forest. The River Cabins are on a hillside overlooking the Clarion River. Two River Cabins have one room and sleep four people and the other 11 River Cabins have four rooms, a fireplace and sleep six or eight people. The Indian Cabins are along Tom’s Run behind the park office. These smaller, one-room cabins sleep four people.
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We stayed at campsite 103 last summer (2008) and absoluetly loved it. Although there were numerous RV's in the park, the tent only sites were elevated above the rest of the campground and quite a distance away from any electricity. The site itself was quite large, with incredibly easy access to the mostly clean bathrooms. There was also a nice hiking trail a few sites over which we gladly hopped onto and had a great day walking through the old growth forest. Overall, I would definitely recommend this park for those who want to camp with ...