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Programs at Cook Forest State Park

Saturday, July 18 at 10:00am - ‘Hike to the Seneca & Mohawk Hemlocks*’ Please meet at the Park Office for a strenuous hike through the finest tall old growth hemlock stand north of the Smokies. We will be visiting both the magnificent Mohawk and Seneca Hemlocks, some of the tallest and largest known hemlocks in the Northeast, as well as viewing 160-170ft tall white pines. (2 hrs)

Thursday, July 23 at 9:00am - ‘B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Boat): Gravel Lick-Cooksburg Float*’ Yes, we’re all under restrictions, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get out and enjoy the river from our favorite canoe or kayak! So, bring your own boat, beverage, and… bananas to the new Park Office for an interpretive guided float down the Wild & Scenic Clarion River. Don’t forget your fishing poles, this stretch is known for its excellent fishing! Bald eagles and soft-shelled turtles often make an appearance. Folks must pre-register by contacting the Park Office at (814)744-8407 or Registration limited to 10 boats. Cost is $20/boat payable by check or money order to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior Cook Forest kayak training participants receive a 50% discount. Register early, available spots go fast. See you on the river! (5 hrs)

Friday, July 24 at 7:30pm - ‘Night Fishin’ the Clarion*’ Did you know that fishing at night is often THE best time to fish? The National Wild & Scenic Clarion River contains many different kinds of fish and wildlife that are very active at night. Fish that are often wary during the day come out of their hiding spots at night to feed. Smallmouth bass and brook trout can be readily caught during daylight, but big brownies, catfish, and walleye are often on the prowl at night. Please bring your fishing poles, lanterns, and bait to the Park Office where we’ll car-pool to fishing hotspots along the river. Don’t forget your chicken livers! (3hrs)

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