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About Forest County
Far from the beaten path, in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest, lies a picturesque land with more wildlife than humans, without traffic lights and offering all the amenities you need but without the hurry and worry.
Float on the “Wild & Scenic” Allegheny and Clarion rivers, go wildlife watching at Buzzard Swamp, explore hundreds of miles of hiking and motorized trails on the Allegheny National Forest, see the giant trees at Cook Forest State Park, fish the many pristine streams and boat at Tionesta Lake. Add a visit to the History Center, a tour of the lighthouse, art galleries, golf, a rodeo, local music, festivals and great food for a vacation you won’t forget.
Forest County – the “Natural Escape” – unspoiled, unhurried, unforgettable recreation – the best of Pennsylvania's “Wilds” – Welcome!
The Allegheny National Forest offers a variety of outdoor activities with over 600 campsites, 6 boat launches, 6 canoe access sites, 2 nationally designated wilderness areas and hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking, snowmobiling and ATVs. The Allegheny National Forest region is also rich in cultural resources. Items of interest range from the Seneca Indians to the discovery of oil and its effects on development.
The 8,500-acre Cook Forest State Park lies in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Once called "The Black Forest," the area is famous for its stands of old growth forest. The "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a Natural National Landmark. People from all over the world travel to Cook Forest, which is near the Allegheny National Forest and at Forest County's southern edge, to experience breathtaking nature scenery, catch glimpses of the wildlife, hunt and fish, float down the river on canoes, cross-country ski, and spend time with friends and family.
One of northwest Pennsylvania’s one-of-a-kind architectural landmarks, the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse, is a unique project conceived by Tionesta businessman Jack Sherman. The octagon-shaped tower, 50 feet high and 16 feet in diameter is a one-of-a-kind lighthouse. A spectacular view of Tionesta and surrounding area is provided from the lantern room. All floors and the basement can be accessed by spiral stairs, 76 steps to be exact. The local Lions Club conducts public tours of the Lighthouse at least three times a year and may conduct special tours upon request. A video recording will be available to those unable or unwilling to climb the 76 steps. The Sherman Memorial Lighthouse is located on Lighthouse Island, at the end of Highland Street in Tionesta.
The Snowmobile Capital of Pennsylvania is right here in the PA Wilds! Snowmobiles and their riders are always welcome in Marienville. Select roads are open to sleds, making it easy to get around to local restaurants, gas stations and lodging. Access the Allegheny National Forest from Marienville for hundreds of miles of groomed trails for you to explore. Allegheny National Forest Snowmobile Trails or Timberline ATV Trail