Day Trip To Cook Forest, PA

Oct 3, 2021 | Life, Travel

Happy Monday everyone!  We kicked off October with a trip to Cook Forest on Saturday and the pups loved it.  The weather was absolutely beautiful with blue skies, a light breeze, and crisp fall weather in the morning warming up to the 70s by mid afternoon.  We dressed Jake and Maggie up in their new bow ties from The Pampered Pooches (see small businesses I support) and headed out around 8:30 am!  Our 2 hour scenic route up Rt. 28 to Rt. 66 into Clarion to Rt. 36 showed off the beautiful farm country and an abundance of hay and corn fields, tractors, and pumpkins!  I love how the trees are starting to change colors but deep in Cook Forest, the trails are heavy with greenery.
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Our mission was to enjoy the day, experience a new area, and get Jake and Maggie acclimated with new scenery again.  We’ve spent so much time at home with them lately that we needed to get moving, and work on old/new commands such as pulling and reactive issues.  We stopped at The Trails End (https://trailsendcookforest.com) for lunch and were so proud of them.  The Trails End has picnic tables outside where you can sit with your dog and enjoy lunch or dinner.   Jake and Maggie were able to see customers coming and going, meet our very attentive and sweet waitress, and passed with flying colors.  Although they pulled a bit because they were excited, we had no reactive issues and were able to enjoy our burgers and hoagies while they laid under the picnic tables.
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
The 8,500-acre Cook Forest State Park and 3,136-acre Clarion River Lands lie in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania.  Known for its stands of old growth forest, the park’s Forest Cathedral of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark.  A scenic 13-mile stretch of the Clarion River flows through Cook Forest State Park and is popular for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing.
Cook Forest was very clean, well laid out, easy to navigate and walk, and a place for everyone.  The bathrooms were clean and accessible and the cabins were nice (from what I could see from the outside).  If you are a nature lover, then this is a place to check out!  If you stop at the Visitor’s Center, they give you a checklist if wanting to bird watch.  This extensive list includes the type of birds living in the forest, the ease of finding codes, habitat codes.  About This List includes birds likely to be found in Pennsylvania, as compiled by the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee.
The park is also wheelchair accessible.
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
What to bring for your pup:
We were only spending a day so my checklist was small but I made sure to bring plenty of fresh water, water bowls, towels, blankets, leashes, and a doggie first aide kit.  Obviously we wanted to take pictures and I used my cell phone and Mr. TAL brought our Nikon.  I gave them flea/tick/heartworm preventative a week prior to our trip so we were covered in that department.  If you are worried about your pups paws, investing in doggie shoes might be something to consider.  Amazon and Chewy.com have some great options.  I saw some hikers with their dog who was wearing a no-pull harness which looked to be helping them out and is something I might look in to.
 
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
One the way home we drove through Tionesta Lake, a 500-acre lake, where we stopped and let the pups out for a stroll and bathroom break.  We drove through the town of Slippery Rock, PA, hit a fall festival in Lincoln, PA (actually we sat in traffic), and arrived at home by 5:30 pm.  The pups were thoroughly worn out but in a good way.  They even let us sleep in an extra hour on Sunday!  This just goes to show you that you don’t have to go far and spend a lot of money to enjoy a day with your fur baby(s).  Jake and Maggie loved walking the trails, the smells, and the fresh air.


Route 36
Tionesta, PA 16353 
Phone: 814-755-3512 
Region: Pennsylvania Wilds
https://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Lakes/Tionesta-Lake/

 
Looking for more travel and pet related posts, check them out here and below!  I hope you enjoyed our day at Cook Forest.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below.
 
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cook Forest | www.twoadorablelabs.com

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2 Comments

  1. Carla D Evans

    What a fun day! Glad you all had a nice time 😊

    Reply
    • Bobbi

      Thank you! We hope to do more of this. Maybe Raccoon State Park next time!

      Reply

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