Pack up shorts and flip flops and head to Cook Forest. Kick off summer with a weekend getaway to Gateway Lodge. Rest and relax in your Luxury Suite, soak up sunshine while exploring the Forest, and enjoy a BBQ Ribs Dinner on Sunday of your stay. Memorial Day Weekend includes three nights in a suite, breakfast each morning, and BBQ on Sunday. $599 per couple.

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HIKE THE RED EFT TRAIL

The Red Eft Trail is a short 0.2 mile trail that explores part of the old growth timber areas with trees documented over 450 years old. Keep your eyes open for the elusive “red eft,” the bright orange, nomadic life stage of the red spotted newt. Photo by Kevin Kaltenbaugh

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COOK FOREST LIVING HISTORY

Join a master story-teller and historical interpreters while they journey through various historical eras: Medieval, French & Indian War, Lumber Era, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, Spanish American War, and the War on Terror.

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CANOE THE CLARION RIVER

The scenic Clarion River, which borders the Cook Forest State Park, makes for a great day of canoeing with friends and family. The river is classified as a beginner’s river under normal conditions.

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SHINE ON SATURDAYS

Enjoy FREE  moonshine made the primitive way on Saturday at Blackbird Distillery. While you’re visiting, try samples of their delicious meats, cheeses, and country canned goods.

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CLARION FARMERS MARKET

Grab some fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables Saturday between 8:00am till 12:00pm. The market can be found at the parking lot next to the Courthouse off of Main Street 20 minutes from the lodge.

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