A Walk in the Woods
Cook Forest State Park, home to magnificent old-growth forest, is a prime destination for anyone interested in scenic beauty, natural history and a variety of recreational opportunities.
Park visitors can explore 50 miles of trails, which traverse valleys, wetlands and high plateaus. A portion of the 4,600-mile North Country Trail passes through the park’s Forest Cathedral Natural Area, with towering hemlocks and white pines. The park is also popular for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and camping.
Since the 1970s, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has protected more than 6,000 acres in this area that are today mostly part of the park and adjacent state forest and state game lands. These lands are currently protecting the expanse and variety of the area’s forest types, some of which will become more old-growth stands for future generations’ enjoyment.
For more information about Cook Forest State Park and nearby public lands, please visit dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/ cookforest. For more information about the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, go to waterlandlife.org.