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Canoe Trips - Directions to Cook Forest State Park

Canoe Trips - Directions to Cook Forest State Park
camping area map
camping area map

Cookforest Map [PDF]
Directions from SIS to the park

Take Route 28 North. You can get there by crossing the Highland Park Bridge or by driving the parkway (376) and 579 North. Some people claim that while the latter route is longer, it is faster during rush hours. Follow 28 North for about 80 miles to Brookville. Route 28 is a freeway half of the way and then turns into a two-lane road until Brookville. Take Route 36 North at Brookville. (You pick up Route 36 near the point where you pass under Interstate 80.) Follow Route 36 North for about 15 miles to Cooksburg. It should be slightly over 2 hours driving altogether.

Once in Cooksburg, refer to the map of the Cooks Forest State Park (below). Cross over the Clarion River. After about 300 feet, bear right at the Y intersection and travel along forest road for 2.3 miles. Turn right onto forest drive. The group tenting area is on the left about 50 yards in. Try to come before dark -- the entrance to the Group Camping Area is not easy to find at night. If you come late, sight of small campfires behind the trees may help you to find the camping area.

On Saturday morning, we will be driving to the outfitter (Cook Riverside Cabins,, 800-680-0160), who will bring us up the river. To get to their office, drive back to Cooksburg (back to the river) from the camping area and turn left immediately before the bridge. Proceed 1/4 mile to stop sign. Cook Riverside is 300 feet past the stop sign on the left -- Cooksburg Dry Goods (Office).

by Tomek D Loboda and Mark Voortman