Cook Forest is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in other seasons.

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W I N T E R    R E C R E A T I O N
January – March

Cook Forest is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in other seasons (some might argue more!) The park has a lighted ice-skating pond near River Road, 10 acres of sledding slopes, and three designated cross-country ski trails. Need to rent cross-country skis or ice skates? Visit Cooksburg Dry Goods off of River Road! Skates are only $5 per day and skis $10 per day. They are open daily from 9am to 5pm or until 8pm on Fridays.

Cook Forest State Park  |  Rentals

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F O R E S T    C O U N T Y    M U S I C    A S S O C I A T I O N    M U S I C A L    J A M
Wednesday, January 10 – June 29, 2018  :  6:30pm – 11:00pm

Bring your musical instrument and your dancing shoes to this country and blue grass musical jam session. All musicians and listeners are welcomed.  The second Friday of each month.

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C R O S S – C O U N T R Y   S K I   C O O K   F O R E S T : C H A M B E R L I N ‘ S   L O O P
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 9:30am

Please bring your cross country skis and meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for a 4-mile interpretive cross-country ski trip to Indian Springs deep within the heart of the Forest Cathedral. This moderately flat loop meanders under ancient hemlocks and passes large ghost American chestnut relics standing since the 1920’s. Come see why this was the preferred hiking route of one of our past long standing Adopt-A-Trail volunteers, Richard Chamberlain.

We will car-pool to the kick-off point at the beginning of Forest Drive.  Skis can be rented at Cooksburg Dry Goods .  If snow conditions are bad, we’ll hike or snowshoe instead.  Hot chocolate and a luke-warm classroom will be available to warm us up.  (3 hrs)

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MA R I E N V I L L E    W I N T E R F E S T
Saturday, January 27, 2018 : 10:00am – 7:00pm

Venture to the Snowmobile Capital of Pennsylvania – Marienville. Food, raffles, bingo, chili cook-off, children’s games, Chinese Auction, scavenger hunt, snow sculptures, snowmobile torch-light parade, sky lanterns to heaven.

Event Details  |  Directions  |  Trails

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C R O S S – C O U N T R Y    S K I    C O O K    F O R E S T :  L O G    C A B I N    I N N
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 6:00pm

Please bring your cross country skis and headlamps and meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for a candlelit evening interpretive cross country ski trip within the picturesque Tom’s Run Valley. Learn how to identify animal tracks in the snow as you ski within the old growth forest at the base of the Forest Cathedral National Natural Landmark.

Skis can be rented at Cooksburg Dry Goods . If snow conditions aren’t good, we’ll snowshoe or hike instead. Hot chocolate and a luke-warm  cabin will be available to warm us up! (3 hrs)

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G R O U N D H O G ‘ S    D A Y    A T    G O B B L E R ‘ S    K N O B
Friday, February 2, 2018

Come and celebrate the 132nd year of Groundhog Day at Gobbler’s Knob, Friday, February 2nd 2018. Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators, the worlds most famous groundhog and the only real weather predicting groundhog will greet his true believers and will reveal to the President of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club his prediction for the end of winter.

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F R A N K L I N    O N    I C E
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Get rid of those winter blahs and come to Fountain Park as professional ice carving teams turn lifeless blocks of ice into beautiful works of art. Sample the best chili you’ve ever had from some of our finest downtown restaurants, visit indoor sidewalk sales & more! Visit indoor sidewalk sales, play Kool Kash Bingo, Enjoy Kids Fun at Neverending Stories!

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O T T E R    W A T C H
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

Please bring your binoculars and spotting scopes to the Park Office for a driving tour to otter hotspots along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. This is the prime time of the year to witness otter activity. Chances are good to observe otter sign such as slides, tracks, and carp kills along the banks of the river. Hot chocolate will be available at the Park Office to warm us up. (2 hrs)

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S N O W M A N    I N    T H E    F O R E S T
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Join us for the Cook Forest Vacation Bureau’s – Snowman in the Forest, February 17th at 11:30am to 2:30pm! Snowman in the Forest is a family event held annually at the Cook Forest Ice Skating Pond along the Clarion River on River Road featuring winter activities such as ice skating, sledding, horse-drawn carriage rides, hiking, visit from Smokey Bear, chili cook-off, Happy Dog Contest and more!

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T H E    T A L E   O F    A L A D D I N    &    T H E    M A G I C A L    L A M P
Friday, February 23 – 24, 2018

Oil Region Ballet (ORB) presents The Tale of Aladdin and the Magical Lamp. With the help of a magical lamp and the genie who lives inside it, a young boy Aladdin, seeks his fortune and defeats the schemes of an evil magician.

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E A G L E    W A T C H
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:30am

Please bring your binoculars and spotting scopes to the Park Office for a driving tour to eagle hotspots along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. This is the prime time of the year to view bald eagles on their nests and find new nesting sites. Expect a long car-pool and aggressive hike to some of the better areas, but the rewards will be worth it. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available at the Park Office to warm us up.  (3 hrs)