Cross Country Skiing Couple

Cook Forest is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in other seasons (some might argue more!)



Snuggle Inside Around an Indoor Fire
Build a cozy fire in your fireplace with a complimentary 1/8th Cord of firewood and fire starters provided. Plan ahead and bring dry kindling/newspaper to help start your fire or stop in to Leeper’s General Market seven miles from cabins to purchase. Additional firewood available for purchase at Guest Services. Or if you want a no-fuss fire, Gateway Cabin 3 and the Luxury Cabins have gas fireplaces instead.

Relax in a Himalayan Salt Cave
Reserve a meditation session in a Himaylan Salt Cave, known for its detoxifying properties. Book by phone at (814) 797-2013
 or at Located at 605 W.State Street, Knox, Pa, 16232 (30 min drive)



Cross Country Ski in Cook Forest 
Our three recommendations: Fire Tower Road, Toms Run Road, and part of Forest Drive. Where to Rent Skis? Cooksburg Dry Goods, which is opened daily 9-5, off of River Rd. You can rent cross country skis for $10.

Snowshoe or Hike Trails in Cook Forest
Cook Forest is known for its ancient Hemlock and Pine, and it’s “Forest Cathedral Area” which showcases some of the oldest trees in the forest. Access to this area can be found by taking any of the pull offs from Forest Road leading to the Sawmill Center (our favorite way is by the Longfellow trail). Snowshoeing is permitted on all trails. We recommend the Liggett Trail or the Rhododendron Trail for easier hiking. Where to Rent Snowshoes?  Cooksburg Dry Goods, which is opened daily 9-5, off of River Rd. for $15.

Sled Ride in Cook Forest
There are two Sled Riding Hills in Cook Forest. The largest hill is 1/4 mile from Gateway Lodge’s property across from MacBeth’s General Store. No towing rope here. Parking available at the bottom of the hill.

Go River Otter Spotting
You can find river otters along River Road playing on the ice within 1/2 mile of either direction of the Canoe Livery. Simply cross over the Cooksburg Bridge and make a right onto River Road.

Go on a Hiking Tour of Scripture Rocks – 20 mins.
(814) 849-0077, 560 PA-28, Brookville, PA 15825
The park features 1.5 miles of walking paths that take visitors past approximately 65 of Stahlman’s dedicated and inscribed rocks. The Scripture Rocks are a collection of scriptures carved into rocks made by local eccentric preacher, Douglas Stahlman, in the early 20th century.
Hours: 7am – 8pm daily. Please park at the gate and walk. Trails are paved but please be cautious in the winter time, they may be slippery.

Visit Freedom Falls and Rockland Tunnel – 1 hour
835 Rockland Station Rd, Kennerdell, PA 16374
To get to Freedom Falls, hike along any of the trails that head away from the big rock (where you will park), and walk downhill for a few hundred yards until you reach Freedom Falls. Freedom Falls is located at the following coordinates: 41.236661, -79.746500. To get to the tunnel, continue on down the hill, it will be to your right. Be sure to wear warm face coverings, the wind on the way back through the tunnel is frigid on your face.



Wayside Restaurant – 15 min
(814) 227-7344
1123 Old Fryburg Rd, Lucinda, PA 16235
Homestyle Classic Dinners served in an elegant cozy atmosphere.

Fusion Cafe – 20 min
(814) 271-7726
185 Main St #1233, Brookville, PA 15825
Farm-to-Table Lunches, Vegan/GF Friendly, and an array of distinctive coffee roasts.

Wild Rose Bread Company – 20 min
(814) 297-0773
168 Main Street, Brookville, Pa 15825
Local artisan bread company that makes different types of sourdough breads.

Courthouse Grill and Pub – 20 min
(814) 849-2557
209 Main St STE 2, Brookville, PA 15825
This little gem is found in the middle of Brookville is a great option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Michelle’s Cafe- 20 min
(814)227- 2688
611 Main St, Clarion, Pa 16214
Soups, Bagels, Salads, Pastries, Gelato, and Quiches.

Luigi’s Ristorante – 40 mins
(814) 375-9113
32 N Brady St, DuBois, PA 15801
A family-owned Italian Restaurant known for their delicious Italian dishes.

Ales to Trails Brewing Co. – 1 hour

(814) 346-0147, 1270 Liberty Street, Franklin, Pennsylvania 16323
Enjoy some craft beer, wine, and distinctive food cooked in from their wood fired pizza oven. For chocolate lovers, they offer a stout called “Mud Puppy Stout”. It’s a milk chocolate stout brewed with lactose as well as a “very generous amount of chocolate”.



Sample Wine at Deer Creek Winery – 20 mins

(814) 354-7392, 3333 Soap Fat Rd, Shippenville, PA 16254
Relish in the rustic elegance of this winery, with wine made on site made with pure fruit juices. Don’t forget to try their handmade wine sorbets.

Sample Moonshine at Blackbird Distillery – 20 mins
(814) 849-0915, 93 Blackout Alley, Brookville, PA 15825
Take a “step back in time” in Pennsylvania’s first and only moonshine distillery, that makes everything from start to finish by hand. There are only two people in the world that know how to make their secret recipe from start to finish.

Sample Spirits at CJ Spirits – 40 mins

(814) 837- 1500, 120 Willow Run Dr, Kane, PA 16735
Offers handmade spirits with pure Allegheny Mountain spring water.

Sample Wine at Flickerwood Wine Cellars – 40 mins

(814) 837-7566, 309 Flickerwood Rd, Kane, PA 16735
Award winning “Wine That Rocks”. No artificial flavoring or water added to their wine! Also check out their view from the tasting counter.Open for Walk-In, Take-Out, and Curb-Side Delivery.