Visit Beartown Rocks in Clear Creek State Forest for an amazing scenic overlook and amazing large boulders!
Looking for a family friendly landmark to visit near Cook Forest State Park? Visit Beartown Rocks!
As always, follow the principles of leave no trace when you're exploring the wonderful trails of Pennsylvania! Pack out all trash, stay on trail, and leave it better than you found it. For more information, check out the seven principles of Leave No Trace.
Beartown Rocks is a collection of boulders created during the last Ice Age. According to Uncovering PA, “the constant freezing and thawing of the rocks caused large cracks and separated these boulders from each other.” Crazy how much some wintery conditions can impact rocks this large!
There’s no official “trail” through the rocks. It’s more of an exploration than a hike as you pick your way through the boulders. Don’t let that turn you away though if you’re more of a hiker! There is a two mile trail that leads to the rocks for a four mile round trip hike.
These boulders aren’t all though! There is an observation area built on top of one of the larger rock formations. This observation area, built atop one of the largest rock outcropping, offers fantastic views of the Clarion River Valley. There is a short flight of wooden stairs to the top.
The most unique part of this hike is the honeycomb pattern on many of the rocks. It’s beautiful to look at in person but I thought it made for amazing photo backgrounds. I wished we had more time here to get some really great shots.
Beartown Rocks is one of the many awesome things to do near Cook Forest! Check out my three day weekend itinerary in the Pennsylvania Wilds for more amazing sights nearby including Freedom Falls, Rockland Tunnel, and Oil Creek State Park.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Beartown Rocks family friendly?
Yes! I saw a ton of folks of all ages when I was there! The rocks are right off the parking lot, so no need to worry about little legs getting tired before the main attraction.
Are dogs allowed at Beartown Rocks?
As you can see from the pictures, yup! Dogs are allowed but need to be on leash and controlled.
How do I get to Beartown Rocks?
Beartown Rocks is located off of Corbett Road, a dirt state forest road in Jefferson County. (Take note – this road may be hard to access in the winter without four wheel drive). To navigate to the rocks, use the coordinates 41.30137, -79.05823 or type “Beartown Rocks” in Google Maps (make sure to download your maps as there is limited service here!)
What is the best time of year to visit Beartown Rocks?
I visited at the end of May when it wasn’t too hot and the trees were lush. I bet the view from the overlook would also be lovely in the fall when the leaves have changed color!
Looking for more adventures near or in Pennsylvania State Parks? Check out my (ever expanding) list of PA State Parks I've visited and their corresponding guides!