2. Cook Forest State Park (Nearby Hotels)
Cook Forest State Park spans about 8,500 acres of land and 3,136 acres of the Clarion River. The park is located in northwestern Pennsylvania and has many old-growth white pines and hemlock trees. The 13-mile stretch of the river that flows through the park is a great place to go kayaking, canoeing, and tubing. You can also get to Clear Creek State Park easily from here, which is about 11 miles away. For scenic views, heat to the Seneca Point Overlook to look down on the Clarion River Valley or climb to the top of the 80-foot Historic Fire Tower #9. Something unique about this park is that Sawmill Center for the Arts, a local nonprofit, offers classes and demonstrations on traditional crafts in the summer and fall seasons.