Welcome to Cooks Forest Information Magazine. 

"THIS IS THE FOREST PRIMEVAL.

THE MURMURING PINES AND

HEMLOCKS, BEARDED WITH

MOSS AND IN GARMENTS GREEN,

INDISTINCT IN THE TWILIGHT."

 Longfellow's words immortalized: We who are fortunate to live here invite you to come, to share, to remember the quiet solitude, the majestic silence.

 You will leave, richer by far, in the small corner of your mind, you keep for warm memories. God lives here in the Pine carpeted forest, this corner that never changed.

Our forest, Cook Forest, has the depth for those who seek. Deep thoughts abide here. So do answers.

Anthony E. Cook, in his recent Photo Book, Study, Legacy, History of the Forest, termed, captioned it so well; it is indeed - "AN ISLAND IN TIME."

 

Our forest has an edge, a boundary, a lighter side, where activities abound. The rambling, fast to flood, fast to recede, Clarion River is canoeable some 40 miles from Ridgway to Cooksburg.

 

Horseback Riding is competitive. There are stables on both sides of the River. The trails are scenic; guides are courteous, helpful; and horses of a gentler nature.

 

THE FOREST CALLS EVEN TO ITS OUTER BOUNDARIES.

 

The streams that feed the Clarion River are well stocked periodically, an abundance of Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout await your bait.

The view from our Fire Tower and Seneca Rock is one that will stay with you a long time. Hiking trails are many and varied in distance to accommodate all. A portion of famed Baker trail travels through the park.

Four Miniature Golf Courses vary in degrees of toughness and skill.

Local Theaters have new plays each week and box office hit movies. The Sawmill Center for the Arts and Crafts is open to all on a daily basis.

Excellent, fully stuffed Gift Shops are in abundance. Three 18 hole Golf Courses are within 15 miles distance.

The Deer Ranch is one of the largest in Pennsylvania. Nature at your fingertips.

Excellent eateries from 5 Star Restaurants to Farmer's Inns to checkered tablecloths and Italian spaghetti will bring you back for more.

Two Flea Markets and numerous yard sales are a weekly Saturday event.

There are plenty of Bumper Boats and Go-Kart Tracks for the kids (or the "young at heart") to satisfy their need for speed and fun.

 

Five to seven Campgrounds and beautiful Cook Forest State Park and Clear Creek State park encompass close to 1000 sites from full hook-ups to lost, primitive sites.

 

Nearly 200 Cabins are located within, and bordering the Forest.

Local businesses including two larger grocery stores and several smaller ones within 7 miles accommodate campers' needs, as well as. These complete the outer boundaries with the small village of Cooksburg at its center.

 

Despite the outer boundary edge, the noise and the glitter, the lights and the outer attractions, the towering 200 foot White Pine and Hemlock beckon to young and old alike. The old were once young, for the "Magic Forest" has drawn them back over the years.

Come, come follow one of the many bubbling streams that wind their path down through the tall sentinels that stand guard through the centuries. Come, find the solitude, the great quietness, the oneness with God and Nature that make our Forest so unique.

We, the fortunate entrepreneurs that make our living from the graciousness of the Forest, will try to make your stay a memorable one.

THE FOREST DEFINITELY WILL!
Thank You.

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