Clarion Area Trail Town Co-op welcomes you to Clarion and the beautiful scenic area of northwestern Pennsylvania known as the Pennsylvania Wilds. The Wilds includes Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Parks and the Allegheny National Forest.
Clarion is a small college town, home to Clarion University and an historical Main Street. The Clarion River runs through Clarion from Cook Forrest, follows a wild and scenic route, and eventually flows into the Allegheny River south of Foxburg. Foxburg is home to the oldest continuously-functioning golf course in the United States.
For the many hikers and bicyclers, the Clarion area has hundreds of miles of trails. These include the largest national trail which stretches across seven states, The North Country Trail, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources 2014 Trail of the Year – the Redbank Valley Trail.
Nearby Cook Forest, which is famous for its old-growth forest, is a popular destination to anglers and boaters. Kayak and canoe rentals can be found on the Clarion River and “tubing” is a popular activity. The parks are beautiful year round and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are popular winter sports in Cook Forest and Allegheny National Forest.
A wide variety of lodging is available to suit all tastes. There are major hotels just off Interstate 80 in Clarion and nearby Brookville. Quaint bed and breakfast inns can be found in the region’s small towns. Rustic cabins and lodges are numerous in the Cook Forest area. Hundreds of campsites, ranging from primitive to fully modern, are available throughout the region.
Volunteers at the Co-op’s Visitor Center welcome hikers, bicyclists, and all tourists and can provide information to make their stay more eventful and exciting. The Visitor Center can be found by taking Exit 62 off of Interstate 80, then following Pennsylvania Route 68 north for 1.5 miles to 14 Fifth Avenue (Route 68) in Clarion.