Scenic USA - Pennsylvania

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Clarion River

Clarion River  - Pennsylvania

Photo by Scott Dommin
Scott's PBase Gallery

     The Clarion River cuts across northwestern Pennsylvania and marks the southern boundary of the Allegheny National Forest. Formed by the east and west branches, the Clarion steadily flows in a southwesterly direction for over 100 miles until it joins the Allegheny River. This wild and scenic river, with its class I riffles, makes an excellent run for canoeists. The upper Clarion, with its cool, clear waters, flows through a steep walled river valley, among a thick forest of virgin white pine and hemlock, and beneath a sky filled with osprey, eagles, warblers and waterfowl.
     This view captures the Clarion as it passes through the Cook Forest State Park. Due in part to its ancient forest, this Pennsylvania state park ranks in the top 50 parks nationally according to National Geographic Traveler magazine. Well over 7,000 acres, the park not only features water related activities, but offers 27 miles of hiking trails. The nearby Clear Creek State Park, also graced by the Clarion River, features great hiking topography, as well as plenty of excellent fishing spots and a good opportunity to view area wildlife. River access points at both parks create an excellent short run for beginning canoeists.



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