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Clarion
Travel Guide

Clarion featuring street scenes

This charming town is rich in American colonial history and is surrounded by scenic national parks, two designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers and many other natural wonders.

Clarion is a historical town in northwestern Pennsylvania in the scenic Appalachian Mountain region. Clarion University of Pennsylvania is at its heart while the natural wonders of the Cook Forest State Park, the Clarion River and the Allegheny River surround the city.

Clarion’s historical roots can be seen along Main Street, where local specialty stores have 19th-century facades. Go past the county courthouse, a Victorian-era building featuring an impressive 213-foot (65-meter) tower. Visit Cobbtown to see the remains of a 1800s logging boomtown, and learn about the iron, lumber and oil industries that sustained the community during that time. See Helen’s Furnace and Iron Works, built in 1845. View remnants of the Bracket Dams used to create artificial floods to float logs to the Clarion River. Learn about local history at the Sutton-Ditz Museum, and see the influence of this history on local and regional art at the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts.

If you enjoy outdoor adventure, head to Cook Forest State Park where you can hunt, fish, swim, camp and, in the winter months, cross-country ski. See the views of Clarion River Valley from the Fire Tower at Seneca Point Lookout and enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Clarion River. Walk through the “Forest Cathedral,” a national natural area of tall pines and hemlocks. The really adventurous can backpack from Pittsburgh past Clarion to the Allegheny National Forest, a multiday trip of more than 100 miles (160 kilometers). You can also explore other historical places such as the Indian Cabins, Log Cabin Inn, River Cabins and the Old Contact Station, where you can discover the history of the French and Indian War Encampment. Within the park, you can dine, ride horseback, race go-cars, enjoy weekend markets, see a theater show or play mini-golf.

Clarion’s welcoming and relaxing atmosphere makes it a great base to explore the historical and natural wonders that surround the community. If you are in town during the fall, be sure to see the town’s signature event, the annual Autumn Leaf Festival.

Ramada by Wyndham Clarion
Ramada by Wyndham Clarion
3 out of 5
45 Holiday Inn Road, Clarion, PA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £47 per night from 6 Jul to 6 Jul
Situated in Clarion, this golf hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Clarion Hospital and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Clarion University. Cook Forest State Park and Cook Forest ...
3.7/5Good! (606 reviews)
"Very well located, near of everthing you need and affordable price."

Reviewed on 29 May 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Clarion
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clarion
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clarion
2.5 out of 5
121 North Point Drive, Clarion, PA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £52 per night from 6 Jul to 6 Jul
Situated in Clarion, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Clarion Hospital and 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from Clarion University. Cook Forest State Park and Cook Forest ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (967 reviews)
"We always stay here when traveling through. It’s an excellent place to stay!!"

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2021

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clarion
Hampton Inn Clarion
Hampton Inn Clarion
2.5 out of 5
4 Hospital Dr, Clarion, PA
The price is £85 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
Situated in Clarion, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Clarion Hospital and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Clarion University. Cook Forest State Park and Cook Forest ...
4.4/5Excellent! (314 reviews)
"Very friendly and professional staff; the room was very clean."

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2021

Hampton Inn Clarion
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lakeview Cabin Close to Bike/hiking Trails, the Allegheny River and More
Lakeview Cabin Close to Bike/hiking Trails, the Allegheny River and More
129 Shawnee Ln, Emlenton, PA
Situated on a lake, this cabin is within 25 miles (40 km) of Cranberry Mall, Clarion University and Moraine State Park. Grove City Hospital and UPMC Northwest ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Beautiful, relaxing getaway
"We LOVED ot here! Cabin was beautiful and and clean. The owners were wonderful, left their personal numbers in case we needed to reach them and accommodated our stay last minute. They were very thoughtful and left us stuff to make smores. Everyone in the neighborhood was friendly, smiled and waved ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Lakeview Cabin Close to Bike/hiking Trails, the Allegheny River and More
River Front Cottage With Breathtaking View of Allegheny River
River Front Cottage With Breathtaking View of Allegheny River
14 River Ave, Emlenton, PA
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is within 20 miles (32 km) of Cranberry Mall, UPMC Northwest and Clarion Hospital. Clarion University and Grove ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Weekend stay
"Great communication. We enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 19 May 2021

River Front Cottage With Breathtaking View of Allegheny River
Into The Woods With The Hidingers
Into The Woods With The Hidingers
1941 Milliron Road, Brookville, PA
Located on the riverfront, this family-friendly apartment building is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from Jefferson County History Center and 6 mi (9.7 km) from Penn Highlands ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Just What We Needed
"The place is COMFORTABLE, relaxing and just peaceful. We’re definitely going to take some of their decor ideas for our own place. We were close to hiking trails, a short drive from a brewery, and 10 minutes from downtown if we needed anything. The host was so kind, helpful, and kept in communication ..."

Reviewed on 19 May 2021

Into The Woods With The Hidingers
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.