Pittsburgh November 21, 2017
The Place Near Pittsburgh That Makes You Feel Like You’ve Stepped Through A Magical Wardrobe
Journey to a magical world, or at least feel as though you’ve stepped into an enchanting fairy tale, when you visit this forest near Pittsburgh. The nearly 9,000 acre lush forest promises plenty to do but, be forewarned, you’re likely to become mesmerized by the pure natural beauty that surrounds you.
Just about two hours from downtown Pittsburgh, Cook Forest State Park is the perfect destination for nature lovers any time of the year.
The storybook state forest's two scenic vistas provide unspoiled views from high above the forest floor. Climb atop the historic fire tower, 80 feet high, for sweeping views of the forest up to 20 miles away.
Or, drink in stunning views of the Clarion River Valley from the Seneca Point Overlook.
Wear your sturdiest hiking boots to explore deep within the forest. The forest near Pittsburgh offers nearly 50 miles of picturesque trails.
One of the forest's easiest trails, the Liggett Trail, spans a mile and a half through lush hemlocks and wetland.
Some trails even permit biking and horseback riding. After your hike, bike, or ride, sit along the Clarion River for a picnic or relax at one of the many picnic tables dotted throughout the park. (Charcoal grills are also available.)
Winter provides the perfect backdrop for a visit to this magical forest. Explore the snow-covered park on cross country skis.
Ice skating and sledding are popular activities when the lush forest transforms into a winter wonderland. Of course, a late fall or a winter stroll also promises plenty of spectacular scenery and fresh air.
Cook Forest State Park is open from dawn to dusk all year around.
Cook Forest State Park
113 River Road
Cooksburg, PA 16217
Click here for more information.
Escape the city for an enchanting day in this magical forest near Pittsburgh. For another
awe-inspiring day trip, head to Allegheny National Forest.
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