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Slatington is a borough in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley region.


Slatington, originally settled by the Lenni Lenape Native American tribe, is a small Lehigh County town located about 30 minutes northwest of Allentown. Named after the prosperous slate industry once housed there, Slatington is home to roughly 4,245 residents as of 2013.[1] Although there are a lack of activities to do within Slatington, there are plenty of nearby outdoor attractions and nature trails to explore the beauty of Pennsylvania.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Pennsylvania Route 873 is the primary artery through Slatington. From Allentown, a driver would take Pennsylvania Route 309 North to Schnecksville and then continue onto Route 873. The journey would take about half an hour.

From the north, Route 873 is accessible from Pennsylvania Route 248, which runs between Lehighton and Easton.

By bus[edit]

  • LANTA bus route 325, 110 N. 6th St, Allentown, PA 18101. The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority regional bus system runs several buses between the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall and Slatington on weekdays. $2 each way.

By foot[edit]

The Appalachian Trail crosses the Lehigh River about 2 miles north of the center of town. Hikers can make a detour along the D&L Trail south into town.

Get around[edit]

Slatington is a small town and visitors can usually use bikes or simply walk to get around town and visit the trails.


  • 1 Fireman's Drinking Fountain. Located in the heart of Slatington, the statue is a symbol of volunteer service, vigilance, and humanity. The fountain is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Outdoor Activities[edit]

Numerous outdoor biking/hiking trails converge near Slatington along the Lehigh River.

  • 1 Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge & Osprey House, 8844 Paint Mill Rd, +1 610 760-8889. Located near where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Lehigh River, the wildlife refuge contains a series of trails along the Blue Mountain on the Slatington side of the Lehigh River.
  • 2 D&L Trail, Main & Railroad Streets (Parking is available at the intersection of Main & Railroad Streets, only yards away from the bridge across the Lehigh River to Walnutport.). 165-mile route that simulates the journey of anthracite coal from Pennsylvania's Coal Regions to the Philadelphia suburb of Bristol (Pennsylvania). Free.
  • Slate Heritage Trail (Accessible from the D&L Trail). A 3.3 mile "Rails-to-Trails" project, the heritage utilizes the former Lehigh Valley Railroad right-of-way. Free.
  • Blue Mountain Ski Area, 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton, +1 610 826-7700. While best known as a ski resort, Blue Mountain offers family-friendly outdoor events during the summer as well, including laser tag, mountain biking, and disc golf.
  • 3 Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool, 2nd St Ext, +1 610 767-1355. A public pool for residents and visitors to cool off during hot summer days.
  • 4 Victory Park. A small park offering a large playground for children to play as well as a pavilion with tables for picnics.


  • 5 Slatington Bowling Center (Slate Bowl), 8123 Route 873, +1 610 760-9443. A bowling alley with an adjacent bar and lounge.
  • 6 Archery Addictions, 1089 Riverview Drive, Walnutport, +1 484 623-4900. Archery range with both indoor and outdoor facilities. Lessons are offered for beginners and children. Starting at $8/hour.


Slatington lacks major shopping outlets. The nearby communities of Walnutport and Whitehall provide more opportunities for shopping.



  • 1 China Inn, 619 Main St.
  • George's Place, 6210 PA Route 873, +1 610 760-1740.
  • 2 Mama's Pizza, 655 Main St, +1 610 767-9441.
  • 3 Sal's Pizza, 102 Main St, +1 610 760-1007.
  • 4 Slatington Diner, 662 Main Street, +1 610 767-7407.
  • 5 Susie's Shady Nook, 7115 PA Route 873, +1 610 767-1301.


  • 1 Homeslate Sports Bar & Grille, 670 Main St, +1 610 767-4168.
  • 2 The Shack, 751 Main St, +1 610 767-6624.


There are no hotels or lodging in Slatington. The closest available lodging is located in nearby Danielsville.

The nearest chain hotels are located in Allentown and Lehighton.


Go next[edit]

Leaving Slatington is very much the same as coming in. You can leave by the LANTA bus system or by car taking Route 873 to Route 309 into Allentown, PA. Slatington is also an entry point to Pennsylvania's Coal Region and the nearby towns of Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are accessible via PA Route 248 and US Route 209.

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