Clarion County

Discover Clarion County

Award winning Clarion County is the western gateway to the PA Great Outdoors and Pennsylvania Wilds regions, and home of two federally designated National Wild & Scenic Recreation rivers-the Clarion and the Allegheny.  The Allegheny River was named “2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year”.  The Redbank Valley Trail was DCNR’s first “Pennsylvania Trail of the Year”.  Men’s Journal called Cook Forest State Park “America’s Best Old-Growth Forest” and Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival was honored as Pennsylvania Wilds’ “2017 Event of the Year”.


Clarion is a lively “University Town” located in the middle of the county along the banks of Piney Reservoir on the Clarion River. It’s easily reached by car via Interstate 80 (exit 62) from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York City, Buffalo, and Erie. There are forest-covered mountains in every direction, which makes it a very scenic place in all four seasons.

East Brady

East Brady is a community that celebrates life on the Allegheny with Riverfest, which is a fun filled family event each July. Downtown, visitors will find a new mural called “Playground of the Allegheny”. Pool #9 is the northern most deep-water pool on the river and is popular with power boats and jet skis. Nearby Brady’s Bend Overlook offers a stunning panoramic view of river valley below.


On the banks of Allegheny River, you’ll find the charming resort town of Foxburg. The town has a thriving performing arts center, featuring an art gallery and Lincoln Hall, which is the home of The Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Visitors can enjoy restaurants with views of the river, a winery, a tour operator, a chocolatier, an inn, and the Foxburg Country Club, which the oldest golf course in continuous use in America.

New Bethlehem

New Bethlehem is charming town on the banks of Redbank Creek and home to the Redbank Valley Trail, which was the first trail in the state to earn the honor of “Pennsylvania Trail of the Year”. The town is proud host of many popular annual events, including the Clarion County Fair and the Peanut Butter Festival.

Cook Forest

Cook Forest State Park gives visitors the chance to explore ancient stands of giant trees. Men’s Journal called it “America’s Best Old-Growth Forest”. The Clarion River flows through the park and is popular with both paddlers and fishermen. Seneca Point and the nearby fire tower offer spectacular views of river valley below. The area surrounding the park has many vacation rentals, restaurants, shops, and fun attractions to enjoy.  The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts host many events each season.

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Our post-and-beam facility provides a casual dining experience inside or out, along with fine dining and with breathtaking views of the Allegheny River Valley.

Pool 9 is the most upriver pool. Nine miles of deepwater unlimited horsepower boating. Fish: walleye, musky, catfish, and bass.

The river offers many recreational opportunities including public access for boating, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, and wildlife watching.

ARCA provides enriching and stimulating professional music programs and art exhibits at Lincoln Hall, Red Brick Gallery, and Riverstone Farms from March-December.

30 miles located on the former Allegheny Valley Railroad line along the Allegheny River in Clarion and Armstrong Counties. Trailhead in East Brady.

Art and craftwork from local artisans on display that changes seasonally.

Restored Victorian church. Large open plan, kitchen, one bedroom, and study. Rural. Close to Redbank Creek and Rails to Trails. TV/internet. Dog friendly.

132-mile hiking trail traversing six counties including Jefferson, Clarion, and Forest Counties through Cook Forest State Park and the Allegheny National Forest.

Sleeps six, exceptionally clean, A/C, wifi, DirecTV, pet friendly, 20 -percent discount for 65+ seniors, kid-friendly yard, fully equipped kitchen, large bathroom, linens/towels provided.

Popular for photography, bird watching, hiking, fishing, and picnicking with nearly 850 acres of lakes, wetlands, and meadows surrounded by woods. More than 150 species of birds and waterfowl have been identified.



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2019tue01oct12:00 pmfri06dec(dec 6)4:00 pmClarion University Exhibition "Condemnation of Memory"(october 1) 12:00 pm - (december 6) 4:00 pm EST Carlson Library at Clarion University, 840 Wood St, Clarion, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Theater & Arts

2019sun17nov12:00 pm5:00 pmDeer Creek Vendor Show12:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT Deer Creek Winery, 3333 Soap Fat Road, Shippenville, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Crafts & Markets

2019fri22nov(nov 22)10:00 amsun24(nov 24)5:00 pmKnox Once Upon A Christmas 201910:00 am - 5:00 pm (24) Knox, downtown Knox, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Crafts & Markets

2019sat23nov10:00 am4:00 pmWreath Decorating10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST C&A Trees, 53 Tree Ln Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214Counties:ClarionCategory:Crafts & Markets,Holiday

2019sat23nov5:30 pm9:00 pmMurder Mystery Dinner "Say Good Night - Man in Tights"5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Trinity Hall, 2601 Brookville St, Fairmount City, PA Counties:ClarionCategory:Music

2019sun24nov2:00 pm4:00 pmAllegheny City Ragtime Orchestra – Patricia Steffee Memorial2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST Lincoln Hall, 42 S. Palmer StreetCounties:ClarionCategory:Music

2019wed27nov(nov 27)4:00 pmfri29(nov 29)12:00 pmThanksgiving Midweek Retreat4:00 pm - 12:00 pm (29) EST Gateway Lodge, 14870 Route 36, Cooksburg, PACounties:Clarion,Cook ForestCategory:Holiday

2019thu28nov8:00 am11:30 amTurkey Trot8:00 am - 11:30 am EST Redbank Valley Trailhead, 301 Wood Street New Bethlehem PACounties:ClarionCategory:Endurance Challenges

2019sat30nov9:00 am5:00 pmChristmas Picture Day9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST C&A Trees, 53 Tree Ln Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214Counties:ClarionCategory:Holiday

2019sat30nov10:00 am4:00 pmCountry Home Open House at Pine Springs Pottery10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST Pine Springs Pottery, 1650 Stony Road, New Bethlehem, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Crafts & Markets,Holiday

2019sat30nov1:30 pm4:30 pmLIVE MUSIC - Robin & Bob1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT Deer Creek Winery, 3333 Soap Fat Road, Shippenville, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Music

2019sat30nov7:00 pm10:00 pmOpen Mic Night with Sam Sears7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST Clarion River Brewing Company, 600-604 Main Street, Clarion, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Music



2019fri06dec(dec 6)10:00 amsat07(dec 7)5:00 pmFeaturedFestival of Trees10:00 am - 5:00 pm (7) EST Sawmill Center for the Arts, 140 Theatre Lane, Cooksburg, PACounties:Cook ForestCategory:Crafts & Markets,Featured,Holiday

2019fri06dec(dec 6)4:00 pmsun08(dec 8)11:00 pmFeaturedBrookville Victorian Christmas4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (8) EDT Brookville, Main StCounties:JeffersonCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured,History & Heritage

2019fri06dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedSeason of Light7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT Clarion University - Planetarium, 61 Greenville AveCounties:ClarionCategory:Other Events

2019fri13dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedSeason of Light7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT Clarion University - Planetarium, 61 Greenville AveCounties:ClarionCategory:Other Events

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