214 Spring, Hunter, NY  5/5 (1)



It has a pvc plastic pipe that appears to come right out the rock. It has a small pool underneath.

The elevation is 2211 feet.

Route 214 is the highest elevation state road in all of New York State (so you know the spring water you’ll be getting is some of the best pure mountain spring water out there!)

Nearest Address

1/4 mile past Lane Rd. on the right hand side. Just past a State Land Property sign on right. There is a small pull off for the spring and it will be just before that pull off.

Directions from Nearest Address

Alternate directions recently submitted by a spring hunter who successfully found this spring:
From Oneonta, take Route 23 (Wal-mart road).  In Grand George, go thru light and road slightly curves (army-navy store on right).  You’ll drive for a while.  Turn right onto Rte. 214 (golf place).  If you see TOPS on the left, you have gone too far.  Up the road on right before you go up the mountain. Right past historical looking state land sign.  Red mark on the tree. If you see the lake, you have gone too far.


1/4 mile past Lane Rd. on the right hand side. Just past a State Land Property sign on right. There is a small pull off for the spring and it will be just before that pull off.

If you’re coming to this spring from the south, take Route 28 all the way until you take the turn for Phoenicia, NY (there are 2 turns that will get you off of Rte-28 to the center of Phoenicia—either one is fine to take). In just about 0.2 miles you will see a turn saying “Route 214”. Take Route 214 almost exactly 10.5 miles up the mountain. When you are getting close to the spring, you will pass several locations for a state park called “Devil’s tombstone”. The final location for the state park has a small lake after it, on the left side of the road. Keep going a bit, but slow down, as there will be a very small dirt pull-off on the left-hand side of the road. The spring is not marked, and it’s not visible from the road, but when you pull off and get out of the car, you will see a very small “ditch” where there are some rocks and a piece of black plastic piping. You have found the spring!

Right next to the spring, on the left-hand side of the road is a small sign that says “state land forest preserved acquired 1909. There is also a small mile-market sign that says “214…1302…1068”.

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 21
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: 5

Hours Spring is Open:



42º 10’ 25” N 74º 11’ 56” W

Map Link: 214 Spring Map

Submitted by: Tom Cushwa


  1. Lately this spring has been just a trickle, I was there today and didn’t even have time to fill up all my jugs it was so slow. Hopefully it picks up again soon.
    I sent some photos to add to the gallery and some detailed directions also, months ago, but they haven’t been added.

    1. i did not notice that the pipe was hanging out when i visited. thats a shame, hopefully someone can fix it if it truly is a good spring with a low TDS. i was just visiting, i do not live in the area. best of luck!

  2. I love this spring, have been using it all summer/fall/winter – haven’t seen it dry though in summer it was slow coming. I just drove all the way up there today. I was able to park by the spring as the area was ploughed, but I could not get to the spring. It was running full, I could see it ten feet away, but there was a huge snow drift. I tried shoveling with my car shovel, but was too afraid to get stuck in the snow drift if I tried to make it to the spring 🙁

  3. I really love this spring. I have visited twice in the past month and have really enjoyed the water. There are now two black plastic pipes and they are flowing steadily. The water is quite cold and feels so fresh and wild. People who live in this area have told me it is some of the best water around.

  4. I go to this spring regularly but when I was there this past Sunday the flow was just a slow trickle, which is rare. I wonder if it is dependent on recent rainfall at all? I am thinking of going up today but there’s been no rain, could it even be dry?? On Sunday it took 20 min. to fill a one gallon jug.

  5. I did go up on October 2, 2013 and it was flowing strong. I went up again the other day and still going strong as usual. This is the best cold mountain spring water with a low TDS.

  6. doubt that it was a seepage spring, it has a TDS count of 16ppm

    either way, it looks like someone ripped the pipe out of the ground.. perhaps it was tapped closer to the source so it’s not arriving at the pipe now?

  7. visited this spring yesterday, august 21st, and it was dry. barely a drop coming out. which leads me to believe this is not an actual natural spring, but a seepage spring and therefore should not be used unless tested thoroughly. just a heads up.

  8. I am wondering if anyone knows if the spring is running/productive again? It’s a bit of a long drive for me, so I’d like to know if/when it’s back running. Thank you!

  9. I have been to the site of the spring and the water flow was cold and strong. I was just wondering if it has ever been tested for contaminants or should I send a sample out for testing before regularly drinking this water? Thank you.

    1. hey, I was there today. I was wondering if its been tested and do I have to pureify it in any way? I consumed 3 cups of it already.

  10. Right now this spring is dry, nothing at all coming out of the pipe. So disappointing. We have barely had any rain the past two months or more, and everything is dry. Also the end of the pipe seems to have grown some algae/mold in it…

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