Slippery Rock

Whether it’s a visitor from California, national college football announcers, or a curious traveler who spotted the town’s name on an interstate sign, Slippery Rock intrigues thousands of visitors each year. “The Slippery Rock name brings people in” chuckled Herb Burger of the nonprofit Slippery Rock Development, Inc.

This little village is one of the prettiest places in Western Pennsylvania, thanks to a recent renaissance that brought $4 million in grant funding to the town. A signature rock waterfall and brick and rock sidewalks complement many new storefronts, while old-fashioned street lamps and a gazebo add nostalgic charm.

Home to Slippery Rock University, the town is popular among college students who seek a small-town campus atmosphere. The university provides many opportunities for cultural enrichment, notable speakers and performing arts.

Many describe Slippery Rock as an artsy college town punctuated by street fairs, student jazz ensembles playing on sidewalks, public art pieces and a water sculpture by renowned aluminum artist James Myford. History takes center stage thanks to a recent effort that identifies historic buildings with bronze plaques explaining the structure’s historical significance.

Slippery Rock also is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The town borders two of Pennsylvania’s premier state lands including Moraine State Park and Jennings Environmental Education Center. The community’s popularity promises to become even more enticing as a “trail town.” Located along the famous North Country Trail, the town may become a trailhead for the North Country National Scenic Trail, which passes within four miles of Slippery Rock. When completed, the trail will become the longest off-road hiking trail in the U.S., linking forests, mountains and prairies across seven states.

Residents and visitors also take advantage of nature’s bounty at the Slippery Rock Community Farmers' Market, open 9 AM-noon Saturday mornings from May to October. Locally produced vegetables, eggs, meat, herbs, breads, honey, plants, soaps and more are sold at Rock Falls Park (111 Stoughton Beach, Slippery Rock).

While planning your Butler County visit, spend some time in Slippery Rock and come back to see how the town evolves. Bill Sonntag, a long-time resident and member of Slippery Rock Development, Inc. envisions new businesses catering to hikers and “daycationers”. “We’re open for business and fun,” he said.

Slippery Rock

Slippery Rock, PA
United States
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Events around here:
Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet
Sep 15 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Slippery Rock, PA
Slippery Rock Villagefest
Sep 22 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Slippery Rock, PA
Haunted Trail at ARMCO Park
Oct 19 2018 - 7:30pm to 11:00pm
Slippery Rock, PA
Haunted Trail at ARMCO Park
Oct 20 2018 - 7:30pm to 11:00pm
Slippery Rock, PA
Mega Used Book Sale
Oct 26 2018 - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Slippery Rock, PA

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SeptemberThis is a free street festival featuring children's activities (balloon sculptures, pony rides, face painting, pet rock painting, a treasure hunt and more). There are always lots of crafters, food, and vendors. Don't forget to check out the Farmer's Market, sporting events, and live music.

North Country Brewing Company is nested within one of the original structures of Main Street Slip

The ILR is member-directed and provides lively learning experiences for mature adults (retired or not).

Slippery Rock Area Parks & Recreation is a family friendly recreational facility which offers a wide variety of year round activities for all ages. The park is located on 60 acres with ball fields, playgrounds and pavilions to meet the needs of the community.

The College of Liberal Arts at Slippery Rock University offers concerts, exhibits, lectures, theatrical productions, and the annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival highlight cultural events year-round.

Let Slippery Rock University host your next event!  Our venues accommodate meetings and trainings, receptions and social events, and summer overnight retreats and athletic camps.