Cook Forest State Park
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25 Airstream Land Yacht TradeWind
2016 Toyota Sequoia
Esther the Airstream would stay here again
“Quiet mid-week stay close to river and hiking activities”
Reviewed Jun 29, 2016
Weekend reservations are difficult based on the park's popularity and proximity to nearby towns and Pittsburgh. Therefore, we made a mid-week reservation to avoid crowds which revealed a quiet park with very limited usage over a Sunday to Tuesday stay.
There is a pet friendly loop closer to the front of the park. It appeared to be markedly more busy; however, the back loops away were quiet. Site 146 was primarily shaded and where we spent 2 evenings. Site 136 and adjacent site 137 would probably be our preference for a repeat stay at an electric-only site. Site 148 would also be a good choice. Several of the inner sites on the same loop were tightly spaced (more appropriate for a pop-up or small trailer) so make sure to check the reservation site for trailer length/photos.
Watch out friendly, but seemingly greedy raccoons who clearly have a routine of stealing would-be novice campers. One was waiting at the edge of our campfire light just waiting for us to turn our backs.
Other facilities included shower houses and centralized laundry facilities, both of which looked to be acceptable but we didn't have a need to use them. Across from sites 146 and 148 is a convenient water fill spigot for arrival.
Cell phone reception was poor - 1 to 2 bars for Verizon 3G and once you attempted to connect or call, it repeatedly failed.
Entrance to the park is via route 36, up the hill away from the main river crossing and park office. Immediately across from the campground entrance, there is a well maintained 1.5 mile driving trail to the aging fire tower (open for climbing above the tree tops) and Seneca rocks with river views. Great short hike, especially for young kids. Down the hill, try the Toms Run trail with fun creek-side walks through fields of huge ferns that lead to several bridges, water holes, and kid-friendly play areas. Further walk into the ancient forests, preserved from the historic ravaging of the forests of Pennsylvania 2 centuries ago. It's reminiscent of the green moss and cool forests of the Redwoods or old world forests in Ireland.
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Cook Forest will always be a special place for me. Every year my mother and father would load up our old car, packing camping supplies high on the roof. More equipment was layered on the floor in t...
- 20 Amp
- Partial Hookups
- dump station
- water available
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