Clarion County offers so many things for visitors to enjoy. It is the western gateway to the PA Great Outdoors and PA Wilds regions and home to Clarion University, Cook Forest State Park, two Wild & Scenic rivers-the Clarion and the Allegheny, the American Golf Hall of Fame, and a very famous fall event, the Autumn Leaf Festival.
The town of Clarion is 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. In fall, the forests around Clarion are bursting with brightly colored red, orange, and yellow trees. The Autumn Leaf Festival is a huge annual 9-day event featuring crafters day on Friday and a parade on Saturday that coincides with the university’s annual homecoming.
Each August the Clarion County Airport, near Shippenville, hosts an Open House where you can get up close to vintage planes and classic cars and enjoy a fly over by historically significant aircraft.
Cook Forest State Park is a national treasure with 350 year-old trees and all kinds of fun outdoor family activities. It is the second most visited park in the state and was named as one of the Top 50 State Parks in the country. The view of the Clarion River Valley is spectacular from Seneca Point and the nearby fire tower.
Nestled along the banks of the Allegheny River, you’ll find the charming resort town of Foxburg. The town is in the midst of a renaissance. There is a hotel, a thriving performing arts center, and restaurants with views of the Allegheny River, a winery, art gallery, and a chocolatier. The town hosts a Food, Wine and Art Festival each October. Foxburg Country Club is the oldest continuously running golf course in the U.S. and home to the American Golf Hall of Fame.
Hikers and cyclists will love the Redbank Valley Trail in New Bethlehem. It was named the 2014 Trail of the Year by DCNR. 42 miles of the trail parallels scenic Redbank Creek through mostly natural areas over many bridges and stone arches.
In East Brady, at the south corner of the county, you won’t want to miss spending a day boating Pool 9 on the Allegheny River and the stunning panoramic view at Brady’s Bend.
There are also many fairs and festivals to enjoy as well, like Cookie Daze in Rimersburg, Mayfest in Fryburg, Horse Thief Days in Knox, The French Indian War Encampment in Cook Forest, Peanut Butter Festival in New Bethlehem, Clarion County Fair, Wolf’s Corners Fair, and Sligo’s Home for the Holidays just to name a few.
You can find lodging, restaurants, and attractions in Clarion County online at VisitPAGO.com/Counties/Clarion or call the PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at (814) 849-5197.