Cooke Township Homes for Sale

Real Estate in Cooke Township - Newville PA

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Cooke Township Real Estate May 18, 2024
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Living in Cooke Township in Central PA

Cooke Township is located south of Carlisle Borough in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. It is a very rural area on the southwestern corner of the county bordered on the south by Adams County. It is a unique and beautiful setting tucked into the South Mountain Range specifically on South Mountain Poper and Piney Mountain in a small valley of Mountain Creek.

This amazing mountainous location is home to just under 180 residents according to the most recent census taken. There's a collection of great properties with plenty of space to spread out in this area just outside of larger boroughs in Cumberland County. Portions of the township carry Newville mailing addresses and ZIP Codes and others carry Gardeners ZIP Codes and mailing addresses. But the township itself has its own government system of Township supervisors.

History of Cooke Township

The township is named after Jay Cooke one of the original investors who purchased South Mountain Iron Company at Pine Grove Furnace in 1864. The charcoal-fired iron operation dates back to 1764. The township was created as a breakoff from the existing township in the area which was Penn Township, established in 1860. The reason for the new township named after Jay Cooke is unclear. Cooke lost his iron company for a short time and purchased it back with the help of a group of investors renaming it the South Mountain Mining and Iron Company. Kirk was a beloved member of the community who loved to fish and spend time outdoors as well as bring gifts to the small school for his workers' children. Though the iron business no longer runs Pine Grove Furnace is a national treasure and is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977.

What is a Township?

The township is the oldest form of municipal government in the United States and government power falls to the supervisors or commissioners within the township. A township can have a different number of elected commissioners/supervisors depending upon its classification. 

There are more than 1,500 townships in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania townships are separated into two different classifications. Renee Township forms it is automatically classified as a second-class township. If a township has 300 people per square mile they can ask the residents to vote on becoming a first class Township.

Popular Places in and Near Cooke Township


Twirly Top located at 1 Pine Grove Rd. is locally owned and operated. It is a 1950s-inspired drive-in-style restaurant that opened in 1952. Twirly Top was first famous for its amazing ice cream both housemaid and serving Turkey Hill brand ice cream. They also made a number of other treats including shakes, floats, and sundaes featuring fresh local fruit. This is the place to get an amazing hamburger with hand-patted 100% beef. Twirly Top is only open from April to October but it is a must-stop and famous among people traveling in to enjoy Pine Grove Furnace State Park.


Being a heavily forested area the township does not have a huge number of businesses within its boundaries. Many people travel to the nearest borough of Mount Holly Springs to utilize the modern amenities located there. Green Mountain General Store and Deli in Gardenrs is the closest grocery to the township. Kings Gap General Store is the next closest at 1155 Pine Rd in Carlisle.These are both small stores not a full grocery, There are also several Giant chain grocery stores and other grocery stores in Carlisle Borough as well.

Outdoor Recreation

There is plenty to enjoy outdoors in Cooke Township. This is one of the main activities and favorite pastimes of those who live in the area. Of course, the most notable is the Pine Grove Furnace State Park. There are many different trails and favorite swimming spots including the Appalachian Trail a famous long hiking trail that runs through the township. It is said that this is the center point of the Appalachian Trail. You could spend your whole life exploring the wilderness and Cooke Township and still not get to everything.

Cooke Township Schools

Students utilizing public school services attend schools under the supervision of the big Spring School District located in Newville Pennsylvania. The district serves grades kindergarten through 12 with a student ratio of 15 to 1. There are roughly 2475 students served in the entire district. The district oversees the operations of three elementary schools one middle school and one high school. All schools in the district receive above-average ratings from the website

Oak Flat Elementary School- the Oak Flat Elementary School serves students living in Cooke Township and offers educational services to grades K through five. It is about 8 miles from Cook Township and receives a seven out of 10 from great schools and an A- from niche. It is the highest-rated school in the district.

Big Spring Middle School- big Spring Middle School serves sixth through eighth graders living in Cook Township and is 9 miles from the township. The school receives a six out of 10 rating from and a B minus from niche

Big Spring High School- Big Spring High School serves the oldest students in Cook Township it receives a four out of 10 rating from great schools and is located just under 9 miles from the township. It also receives a B minus rating from niche

It is good to note that ratings can change and may have done so from the time this information was written. For the most up-to-date statistics check the links for the third-party websites.

Real Estate in Cooke Township

Cooke Township offers a mix of small vacation cabins in very secluded locations with simple amenities and large estate-style homes in dream locations. Whether you are looking for your getaway in the woods or your perfect dream country estate, you might just find it in Cooke Township. Simple cabins less than 500 square feet in size can be found for less than $100,000. Large estate homes offer all the comfort of a wooded mountain lifestyle not too far removed from area Boroughs and modern amenities. 

Buying a Home in the Cooke Township

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