BUNNIES IN THE WOODS
We recently returned from a week spent among ancient trees that was so heavenly we didn’t want to leave.
Cook Forest State Park in Cooksburg, PA is home to 11,536 acres of pure, earthy bliss – some of which is covered with gorgeous old growth forest, with trees ranging upward of 450 years old.
We tent camped on a “Modern Rustic” site at the Ridge Campground.
The sites (over 200 total, with plenty offering water + electric) were spacious and beautiful lots that offered picnic tables, a fire ring, and easy access to wash stations equipped with clean showers, sinks, toilets, dish washing stations, and laundry facilities.
Bunny Boy + X worked together to set things up in the great outdoors – such a great experience for both of them.
Both of the bunnies felt right at home among the trees.
Tons of playgrounds around every corner, makes Cook Forest totally bunny-friendly.
With over 52 miles of trail systems in Cook Forest, there’s no shortage of stunning areas to run through (or hike).
From the flat and serene Tom’s Run trail that hugs the creek side to the rocky Longfellow and Indian trails that take you through the old growth Cathedral section of forest, the topography and the views are both varied and gorgeous.
All of the trails are well-traveled and clearly marked. Some sections of trails, like this one above, provide open and easy running.
Others, like this section of the Ridge Trail, are a bit rougher.
Running full-speed down steep hills on trails like this requires full attention (and can make you feel at least a little like a badass) as you navigate your way through a minefield of rocks, fallen trees, and exposed roots.
The old fountain memorial found on Longfellow trail, built in 1950.
While signs suggest not to drink water from the fountain, there are plenty of rest facilities available to stop and refresh your water supply. They are surprisingly clean and well-kept (that’s a heating unit behind me there – great for keeping your tushi warm on chilly days).
Blue markers indicate that this trail is part of the greater North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) which spans across seven states along the northeastern border of the US.
The famous Swinging Bridge on the Birch Trail is fully suspended + crosses over Tom’s Run Creek which flows into the Clarion River.
Children (and adults alike!) find themselves reminded of the power of gravity and learn to appreciate the solid footing of the earth when they cross this bouncing (though, structurally sound) bridge.
I had the crazy idea to actually RUN across this bridge, which took some serious coordination and made me LOL in front of the Indigo Buntings watching the silly human trying not to fall flat on her face!
This was such a great trip and there’s so much more to do here than camping and exploring the trails.
We will be returning here soon.
Namaste, serene beings <3