Grove City, Pennsylvania is located just 60 miles north of Pittsburg and 75 miles south of Eerie. It’s a small borough in Mercer County. Jamey’s brother moved here a couple of years ago, but this is our first time to visit this lovely little town! Our family usually comes to stay with us in Tennessee, but this summer we decided to make the trip here. Jamey and his brother are remodeling the kitchen while my sister in law and the kids are exploring Grove City.
First of all, let me say this is the cutest little town! Truly, an iconic American town with houses lining sidewalk streets. Gangs of adorable kids riding their bikes and neighbors greeting each other. It’s something reminiscent of an old movie. Picket fences and back alley driveways. Walking on foot to the local park or restaurant for a quick bite to eat. There is even a one screen movie theater within walking distance! Thursdays, there is a farmers market too. Businesses that have been around for generations. It’s hard not to fall in love with this quaint little city!
Our first day in Grove City, Romni gave us a walking tour of the town. We strolled along the streets of downtown as she gave us the history of each store. The school of dance has been going strong since 1937! We ended our tour with a walk through Grove City College Park. There is a nice trail that meanders along the creek where Rainbow Bridge crosses. You can continue on the trail to a swing overlooking the creek and maybe you will even spot the tree where local lovers carved their initials many years ago.
On our second day, we headed to Slippery Rock, PA to see McConnells Mill State Park. Here is the link for more information https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/McConnellsMillStatePark/Pages/default.aspx. The rain chance was only 20% but if you know me, I seem to attract the rain whenever we have outdoor adventures planned…
We started the hike with a slight sprinkle of rain. As we approached the mill overlook, the rain picked up. We decided to continue on our hike, convinced that it would pass quickly as most summer storms do. Unfortunately, the rain continued to increase so we decided to take shelter just off the trail. The tree cover kept us pretty dry. We enjoyed our picnic lunch by the creek and even skipped some rocks.
As we waited, the rain came down harder and harder. We ended up continuing our hike because by this time, we were all soaked! It was quite the adventure!
After taking shelter for a while under a rock ledge, we decided to make our way back to the car via the road. It continued to rain until we could see the car. AND then it STOPPED! It was great fun and something I am sure the kids will always remember!
Stay tuned for more adventures in Grove City, PA!
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