The Group Travel Leader

APR 2017

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TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Artwork by David Brown 2 5 GROUP C O O K F O R E S T S TAT E PA R K , C O O K S B U R G Near the Allegheny Mountains, Cook Forest State Park boasts the tallest trees in the northeast in its Forest Cathedral area. The 250- to 300-year-old white pine and hemlock trees reach almost 200 feet high and up to five feet in diameter. Nearly 47 miles of trails can be hiked within the park. The Seneca Point Overlook showcases the river valley, and the 70-foot climb up an old fire tower offers another lookout. "This is the first Pennsylvania state park to preserve a natural landmark, which is the Forest Cathedral," said Ryan Borcz, park operations manager. "The 1.2-mile Longfellow Trail is our most well-known trail and winds through this old-growth forest." The Clarion River, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic Waterway, invites groups to canoe, tube, kayak, swim and fish. Class I rapids provide excellent canoeing and kayaking, especially during spring and fall. Two popular paddling trips are four and 10 miles; canoes can be rented outside the park. In winter, groups can snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice skate and sled. Year-round throughout the park, naturalists offer free, interpretive hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs. The Log Cabin Environmental Learning Center provides indoor space for programs and displays historic logging and rafting tools, models and artifacts. Sawmill Center for the Arts, inside a historic sawmill, features traditional crafts, a gift shop and classes. Demonstrations and craft classes are presented summer through fall. The adjacent Verna Leith Sawmill Theater presents plays, musicals and other entertainment throughout the summer. Courtesy Discover Lancaster GROUPS CAN TAKE HORSE-PULLED BUGGY RIDES IN THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY OF LANCASTER COUNTY. P V A A T O U I F F I C WWW.VISITPA.COM Photo by Ilana Blumenthal Interested in planning a group visit? Contact Group Services at or 215-923-3811 x141. 5th and Market • Philadelphia, PA 215.923.3811 • - Lily R. Philadelphia, PA TripAdvisor "For EVERYONE who wants to know what FREEDOM means…."

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