Clarion County

Stunning vistas and old growth forests … trickling streams and the “Wild and Scenic” Clarion and Allegheny Rivers…superb hunting and fishing, quaint small towns, and a world-famous fall festival … all this and more awaits you in Clarion River Country, part of the Great Outdoors region of Pennsylvania. Gateway to Cook Forest State Park, outdoor recreation of all types, including hiking,biking, canoeing, and camping.

Clarion, Pennsylvania


Welcome to Pennsylvania's 1996 Outstanding Community! This charming university town maintains a high quality of rural living and is just minutes from the nationally-recognized Cook Forest State Park. Clarion is located on the banks of the “Wild and Scenic” Clarion River.

Regarded as the "Autumn Leaf Capital of the World", Clarion's historic Main Street is lined with old-fashioned street lamps creating a nostalgic setting for downtown shopping. Two national wild and scenic rivers, the Clarion and Allegheny, provide a multitude of options for outdoor recreation.

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Foxburg, Pennsylvania


Foxburg is located in the Allegheny Clarion River Valley. Along with being one of Pennsylvania’s most charming small towns it is also the home to the American Golf Hall of Fame and the oldest golf course in continuous use in the United States. During the day, you can go canoeing, kayaking, boating, shopping and more. Then enjoy luxurious lodging and dining with beautiful views of the river. Two I-80 exits provide easy access to the town and area recreational activities on the nationally designated Wild & Scenic Allegheny and Clarion Rivers.

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Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest

One of the finest stands of virgin timber in the eastern United States is located here in Cook Forest State Park. The extraordinary quality of this ancient forest assured selection as one of the top-50 state parks across the nation by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Cooksburg was founded in the early 1830s by John Cook who initiated a great lumber dynasty. The old Cook sawmill now houses the Sawmill Center for the Arts which provides craft markets, festivals and live theatre-in-the-round as well as instruction of traditional arts and crafts by nationally acclaimed artisans.

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