Hike the Seneca Trail in Cook Forest State Park

Seneca Trail

With tree cover over 145 feet high and a steep elevation gain, the Seneca Trail will leave you breathless at its destination point, the Cook Forest Fire Tower.

Right from its entry point, the Seneca Trail parallels the Clarion River, granting you a scenic view the whole way through. This trail is challenging in its narrow footpath and lofty climb. Be careful while looking around at the towering hemlocks and white pines.

Atop the trails peak, the burn in your legs will fade as your remaining steps to the Cook Forest Fire Tower will be fairly flat. It's surely a change in scenery as you stand at the height of over 500 feet. You will want to pay attention as the path converges with two trails along this route, both of which you will want to stay left.

When arriving upon the fire tower, the excitement to climb the 80-foot structure will be overwhelming, for the view that awaits you is truly amazing. The steps to the top are narrow and steep, so take your time. The only thing left to do after that is take a deep breath and soak it all in.

To discover more trails to hike at Cook Forest State Park, visit www.cookforest.com/activities/hiking/index.cfm.

Pack List

  • Park map
  • Hiking boots
  • Binoculars
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Journal
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RT Distance 0.9 Miles
Elevation Gain 530 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Advanced
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic

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A nice reward for a steep climb

As mentioned above, Seneca Trail has a pretty steady and steep climb. The reward is a view from the Fire Tower. There is also an overlook to check out nearby. I opted to take the Mohawk Trail back down. It is rocky but not as steep. It comes out just up the road from Seneca Trail.


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