Cook Trail - Cook Forest State Park
The Cook Trail old growth area contains approximately 256 acres of old growth. A moderate two-mile trail will take you through a forest heavily dominated by eastern hemlock. The following trees species 150 years old or greater can be found here: eastern hemlock, eastern white pine, white oak, northern red oak, tuliptree, chestnut oak, American beech, black cherry, cucumber tree, red maple, black birch, yellow birch, black gum, and white ash. Cook Forest is one of the nation's best examples of publicly accessible old-growth forest. It contains some of the oldest and tallest trees in the northeastern U.S. The entire park is 8,500 acres, of which 2,324 have been documented as old-growth. Plan to spend a few days here if you can. Be sure to visit the Forest Cathedral Natural Area too.