Cook Forest State Park

The park, which contains a few notable old-growth forest remnants, is accessible from Interstate 80.  From the east, take the Brookville Exit 78.  Take PA 36 north directly to the park in Cooksburg.  From the west, take the Shippenville Exit 60.  Take PA66 north to Leeper.  In Leeper, take a right onto PA 36 at the light.  Follow PA 36 into the park (7 miles).  Good maps and hiking information are available at the park office just off Route 36  before the Clarion River Bridge in Cooksburg.

The unique birding opportunities in Cook Forest are associated mostly with the old growth forest remnants located in the Forest Cathedral and on the Seneca Trail.  The riparian habitat along the Clarion River on River Road is worth investigating also.  Tom's Run Road, open during the late spring through fall only, has good second-growth forest habitat as well as vernal pond habitat during the spring.  Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit and Wood Thrushes, Blackburnian Warblers and Northern Parulas, Dark-eyed Junco and "winter finches" have been seen in some years.

More information is available at the PA DCNR site -

Important Bird Areas
Pennsylvania’s Important Bird Area (IBA) Program is part of a dynamic worldwide effort to identify and protect outstanding habitats for birds and all wildlife.  Based on strict scientific criteria two areas in Clarion County (Cook Forest State Park and Piney Tract) and also Callen Run Research Area in nearby Jefferson County were selected in 1998. SRAS has formally adopted these IBAs and will monitor and endeavor to protect their habitats. 


Cook Forest Photos by Pat Conway

Seneca Rocks Audubon Society