Located along Slippery Rock Creek in rural Butler County, Rock Falls Park is a historic landmark consisting of natural water falls, picnic areas and two stages where bands perform.
Rock Falls Park was originally known as Stoughton's Beach, developed by Saul Stoughton, a local farmer. The park opened in 1932 and was a true family business, with Stoughton's wife and children operating the merry-go-round, custard stand, roller skating rink, and performing park chores. The swimming pool was a major attraction --- claimed to be the largest in Pennsylvania in the 1930's and boasting 10 and 20-foot diving boards that were used for Sunday afternoon diving exhibitions. A new owner changed its name to Rock Falls Park after World War II.
Slippery Rock Creek rises in a series of swamps that are located north and east of the hamlet of Boyers, Pennsylvania. There are two main branches that start out as small runs from various marshlands. The South Branch of Slippery Rock Creek joins the main branch near the village of Keister. The Creek is typically flat in this area, flowing past woods, farmlands, and summer cottages. The rapids at Rock Falls drop 10 feet in one tenth of a mile, according to Larry Wentzel of the Three Rivers Paddling Club. Wolf Creek joins the Slippery Rock approximately 8 1/2 miles downstream.
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Free, on-site parking is available.