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The Longfellow Trail is one of the most popular trails at Cook Forest State Park. The trail is only 1.2 miles long and is used to reach other trails which lead deeper into the forest. Longfellow Trail begins beside the Visitors Center or from Birch Trail by the park office. The trail passes Memorial Fountain, traverses the heart of the Forest Cathedral, and continues through one of the larger stands of white pine and hemlock in Pennsylvania. The trees are more than 300 years old. Several shorter trails branch off the main trail and crisscross the virgin forest area. These trails are lettered "A" through "G."

Directions: From Clarion, PA, Take US 322 west about 2.5 miles to SR 66 North. Take SR 66 approximately 12 miles to SR 36. Turn right (east) on SR 36 and travel about 4 miles to the state park. After entering the park, continue on the main road to the second intersection and turn right to reach the park office. Begin on Birch Trail hiking a short distance until you reach the intersection of Longfellow Trail.

Elevation: 500 feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Distance: 1.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania

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