Black Bear Cabins offers families, friends, and retreat groups a way to escape the hubbub of life and find calming serenity among the Hemlock and Pine of Cook Forest. A grouping of four cabins, each located within close distance to the other, have encouraged many larger groups to make Black Bear Cabins a yearly tradition. 


The cabins were a heartfelt creation of the Parsons family. Their son, an architect, customized the design of the cabins to fit the surrounding landscape. Earthen rocks were meticulously arranged on the properties to create unique entryways and outdoor campfire areas for each cabin. Walking behind your cabin, you may take in views of the scenic mountains with a view of Cook Forest's firetower off in the distance. In the Spring, you'll also find beautiful mountain laurels covering the hillsides below. And on a special occasion you may see a Black Bear too.

The cabins have recently become a sister property of Gateway Lodge, a forest inn known for it's diverse array of offerings. While here, Black Bear guests are welcome to enjoy the farm-to-table fare of Gateway Lodge restaurant, offering dinner and drinks Wednesday–Saturday from 5-9pm. Gateway Lodge also encourages Black Bear guests to enjoy a relaxing massage at The Woods Spa, located onsite.


You'll be introduced to the Lodge upon check-in, as all cabins are asked to come there first. Make sure to pick up a trail map or literature about the area while there. With the scenic Clarion river and forest hiking and biking trails nearby, Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Park offers great outdoor recreation. It is also situated near wineries, nearby historic towns (Clarion, Brookville and Franklin), and within close proximity to PA Wilds' only wild Elk herd in Benezette, PA.

So, take a moment. Breathe in the fresh forest air. And soak in the sights and sounds of the PA Wilds at Black Bear Cabins.