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.

Cook Forest

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.

Much of the area exists almost as it was in the days of William Penn when it was known as "The Black Forest" or "Penn's Woods". It was this pristine beauty that drove Cecil B. DeMille to use Cook Forest as the backdrop for Paramount Pictures' 1946 film 'The Unconquered' starring Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard and a score of other stars.

This outstanding resort area offers canoeing, kayaking, tubing, hiking and biking trails along with 7,000 acres of woodlands.

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