Information & Directions – Things to Do

For your convenience, our most common customer questions are answered right here.

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Q: Do your cabins have heat?

A: Yes, all Cook Riverside Cabins have gas heat as well as a fireplace.


Q: Do I need to bring cookware and dishes?

A: No, all of our cabins have basic cookware, dishware, utensils.


Q: Do I need to drive to get to the Clarion River?

A: No, the Cook Riverside Cabins property is adjacent to the Clarion River and within walking distance.  While you can’t see the river from your cabin, it is only a few hundred yards away.


Q: Can I put up a tent at my cabin?

A: No, tents are prohibited.


Q: Do you rent bicycles?

A: Yes, we have a limited number of adult and kids bikes we rent to Cook Riverside Cabins guest only for $10 per day or $50 per week. We also rent cross country skis and ice skates in the winter.


Q: Can I bring my pet?

A: Cook Riverside Cabins is pet friendly. Pets must be kept on a leash outside and kenneled if left alone in a cabin.  You must clean up after your pet – bags are provided throughout the property. The pet fee is $12 per day (plus tax) per pet, maximum 2 pets unless authorized by the owner.


Q: Is there cell phone service?

A: No, though depending on your cell phone service provider, you may get a signal as you move throughout Cook Forest.  You may use the phone in the office at Cooksburg Dry Goods during regular business hours or, in case of emergencies, a phone is placed outside behind the office at the close of business.


Q: Is there wifi or cable TV?

A: No, there is no wifi or cable in the cabins but a television with a DVD player is provided.  You can bring your own or borrow movies at Cooksburg Dry Goods during regular business hours.  Many local eating establishments have cable TV for sports, etc. such as Trails End Restaurant, Iron Mountain Grille, and Knotty Pine Restaurant to name a few.  Free WIFI is available on the property at the Pale Whale year around as well as the Cook Forest Park Office.


Q: What is there to do?

A: One of the great things about staying at Cook Riverside Cabins is that as our guest, you receive discount vouchers for 50% off canoe, kayak, or tube trips with the Pale Whale Canoe Fleet. Shop our unique Cooksburg Dry Goods store or enjoy Hershey’s Ice Cream and more at the Cooksburg Cafe – all of which are conveniently located on the property so no need to drive.

Cook Forest State Park is 8,500-acres of scenic beauty.  Once known as the “Black Forest,” this area is famous towering white pines and hemlocks and is a National Natural Landmark with a vast network of hiking trails throughout. The Clarion River connects Clear Creek State Park to Cook Forest State Park along a picturesque 10-mile stretch of river.  As a part of the Pennsylvania Wilds, Cook Riverside is less than 15 miles south of the Allegheny National Forest and just north of Clear Creek State Forest, both of which afford many outdoor recreational activities in addition to the aforementioned canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and hiking … to include hunting, fishing, biking, swimming, picnicking, ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and much more.

The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts is only a few miles away where you can enjoy one of the many events, classes, or theater productions from May through September.  Shop the Sawmill Center Craft Market full of handcrafted items from local artisans.

PA DCNR offers any number of events year around including historical tours, wildlife viewing, canoeing/kayaking workshops for both Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Parks – check out their calendars for details:

PA DCNR Cook Forest Events                                  PA DCNR Clear Creek Events

Enjoy horseback riding, go-carts, water slides, miniature golf, shopping, etc.- here’s just a few local businesses:

Cook Forest Scenic Trail Ride                                  Cook Forest Fun Park

Double Diamond Deer Ranch                                   Parker’s Indian Trading Post

The Farmer’s Inn                                                        Pickle Barrel

The Simple Things of Cook Forest                          Briar Hill Rustic Furniture

Through the Woods                                                Blackbird Distillery