For a peaceful fall RVing retreat, you can't beat Cook Forest State Park in Pennsylvania. If you like outdoor recreational activities, they're in no short supply here, but there are also options for a gourmet meal, wine tastings, and simple relaxation. Here are some of our top suggestions for what to do after you park your new or used RV at your Cook Forest campsite.
Take a Hike
There are an abundance of hiking trails at Cook Forest State Park, and they vary in level of difficulty. All the trails are relatively short, the longest measuring in at about 3 miles, so if you've got the time, it's possible to explore the entirety of Cook Forest's beauty on foot. For a strenuous hearty hike to really get the blood flowing, take the River Trail or Seneca Trail through lovely forests and climb the fire tower. For an easier trip, follow Rhododendron Trail through the Forest Cathedral and over a swinging bridge.
Have an Adventure
There are plenty of opportunities to try something new while visiting Cook Forest. Take a guided horseback ride, go canoeing, or cycle along the Clarion River. You can also go fishing or try your hand at nature photography in such a scenic location.
Enjoy the Finer Things
If your best RV trip ideas include luxury, you're still sure to find plenty to do around Cook Forest. When you've had your fill of gazing at the beautiful forest from your campsite, get ready to be pampered.
At Gateway Lodge, you can enjoy a spectacular gourmet dinner in their tastefully decorated rustic-style dining room. You'll forget you're in the wilderness when you savor their delicious entrees and award-winning wine selection.
While you're there, ask about booking a spa day. The Woods Spa is an Aveda partner and offers a variety of massage treatment options for ultimate relaxation.
Deer Creek Winery
Just a short drive from the forest is Deer Creek Winery in Shippenville. Known locally for their raspberry wines, they offer free tastings every day, and they also produce their own specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Events are often happening at the winery, such as live music on Saturdays, so you'll definitely want to stop in and have a taste or two!
After all the excitement, make sure you plan some time to simply enjoy the fall scenery amidst the ancient hemlocks and tall pines, and recharge yourself before your return home.