Cricket Hill Spring, Black Mountain, NC


Posted: March 16, 2010

Category: North America, North Carolina, United States, View All

21 Lakey Gap Heights
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Just outside of Black Mountain, up Hwy #9 on the way to Lake Lure.

Nearest Address

21 Lakey Gap Heights

Directions from Nearest Address

The spring is 2.5 miles up the mountain from where Hwy #9 intersects Blue Ridge Road. right outside of Black Mountain. Follow Hwy #9 until you see some mailboxes with the name Cricket Hill under them and the street sign for Lakey Gap Heights. The spring is just behind the mailboxes on the right going up the mountain. There is room to pull over and park.

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 6-13
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:



Map Link: Cricket Hill Spring Map

Submitted by: Shawn

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  1. Stellaria says:

    I visited this spring today and it is great. The TDS is really low, between 12-13, and the water tastes wonderful.

  2. Joe says:

    Whats the warning sign about?

  3. Barb says:

    Stopped here June 21, 2010, since we were visiting family in Swannanoa. Incredible tasting water; used my TDS meter and TDS measured 6.0…wow! Wish we could find a spring in TX close to our home.

  4. Ryan says:

    had a hard time finding it, did not see the sign or the spring behind the mailboxes – dangerous place to hang out at the top of the hill due to traffic so i abandoned.

  5. Brianna says:

    Hello! was here just today, and water tastes great- was very cold. I did not have a TDS meter on me, but it seems like a great spring. If I plan on using this spring more in the future, I will get the water tested.

  6. Olivia says:

    this water was very cold and had a strong flow but i did not like the taste compared to other springs i’ve visited. it had a harsher, irony (i guess that’s what it was) taste and i prefer sweeter water.

  7. Jeremy M says:

    A little more specific…the spring is about 15-20 yards uphill from the mailboxes, along the road. There is a pull-off across the street from the mailboxes with plenty of room to park…from there, follow your ears, it’s loud!
    It flows out cold and strong. Tastes wonderful! Today’s TDS was lucky number 11. =)

  8. I just visited this spring! Yummy. The TDS was 8 and it was nice and cold. It comes gushing out of the pipe and was very easy to find.
    The original direction says that it’s right behind mail boxes. The spring is actually about 100 ft past the mailboxes if you are going east. There was also no sign for Cricket Hill under the mailboxes that was mentioned in the original directions.
    I highly recommend this yummy water.

  9. Lise says:

    If you don’t find it at first, please make a U-turn and take the pull-off nearest the address. This is some mighty fine water!

  10. brandon says:

    just tested this water and got a TDS reading of 10! this is legit water!

  11. Parker says:

    I wanted to share some more specifics because I had a hard time finding this place. The reason was because going up the mountain on highway 9, there are 3 different Lakey Gap roads, and you should pass all 3, the second and third are both on the right. You’ll be going uphill through some switchbacks and the spring is directly on the side of the road on the right. The pipe is shooting out beautiful, delicious water, you can’t miss it. You can park directly at the spring, off the side of the road. There is additional parking further up the road on the left side of there are others there gathering water. It was great doing offerings to the mountain and then receiving this high-energy water! Please be respectful of the space 😀

  12. Nick says:

    There was a gate up preventing me from getting to the spring. And hard to turn around. I don’t think it is publicly accessible anymore.

  13. Dianne says:

    Was just there the beginning of the week. We weren’t the only one’s there. Water is amazing!! Easily found, easily accessable. No gate…think Nick went to far or didn’t get to the right place.
    Respect the area…this is a true gift we’re allowed to access. 🙂

  14. Vanessa says:

    I am wondering if anyone can clarify something for me. I drove up rt 9 twice and cannot locate the Springs. I hit a gate as well when following up along where I thought the Spring is. I found the long white tube that empties out near the street but was under the impression that I would be collecting from the spring itself. Any help would be truly appreciated!! =) Thanks!

  15. GP says:

    Fantastic spring, my favorite so far out of many tried. Cold, fast, and great tasting.

  16. Tanya says:

    Has anyone tested this water for anything besides TDS? For example, E. coli?
    I’ve been drinking this water for over 10 years now and have been truly grateful for it. I love the taste and vitality. However, after the extremely heavy rains of last July, I’ve had some concerns. I’ve had intestinal cramping after drinking it (others have too), which makes me wonder about microbial contamination. I stopped drinking it for the last several months for this reason. I know there’s a place in AVL to test it (ETS), but I haven’t had the extra $ to do it? I’d be interested to know if anyone else has or might be willing to.

  17. Tanya says:

    More specifically, has anyone tested for coliform bacteria, nitrate, or sulfate?

  18. Laura says:

    I’ve been gathering water there since last summer. Always perfect. Went yesterday, introduced a friend to the spring. It is easy to find if you just get off of hwy 40, head east on 9 about 3 miles, look for white tube on your right. Don’t turn off of hwy 9, ignore all signs saying Lakey Gap, there is no sign near mail boxes.
    I wish I knew the pH level as that is important to good health. Whatever the pH, it’s clean, delicious water!

  19. Pete says:

    Using a Hanna pH tester freshly calibrated, I put the pH at 5.3.

  20. Pete says:

    1/2 rounded tspn baking soda raised it to 7.2

  21. Anna says:

    This water is epic! we drink it almost exclusively for 6mo now. Often we run into other wild water drinkers trading fresh harvested rieshi etc.

  22. Dane H says:

    Grateful to have found this spring, but I believe it is dangerous to continuously consume this water without having the content of the water measured thoroughly. TDS is not sufficient alone. Has anyone out there had it tested. We need to do this and post the results!

    • Marie O says:

      We too found this spring about a month ago, boiled it at first as I was not sure of contaminants. Bought a water testing kit on Amazon… pH is 7.5 free of pesticides GREAT stick test for lead was faulty. The most unexpected test… the bacteria continent AFTER 48 hours…. to be negative should have been purple…. this one was NOT purple … the kit said if the water was yellow, there was a high chance it was contaminated with bacteria…. ours was a hazy cloudy beige. To have a REAL lab test it…. the cost is $180. So because my test results showed…. it was NOT purple, I am staying away from it. Like it says…. enter at your own risk.

  23. Alicia says:

    Hi Marie O-

    If you boil it wouldn’t that take care of the bacteria? Has anybody else tested it? curious if the water is good???

  24. Vanessa says:

    Hi everyone,
    I was thinking about setting up a “fund me” page to get this spring tested in a lab for chemical run off and other bacteria that home kits don’t pick up. Would anyone be interested in this?

    • Brynda Bechtold says:

      I heard someone say she had the water tested 3 yrs ago and it was HIGH in glyphosate..Roundup! Been using it exclusively for zinc levels test low even though I eat lots of seeds/nuts,but roundup blocks minerals. Doctor agrees, but doesn’t test for roundup. Trying to find affordable testing for my blood levels of glyphosate and for this water. I’m still drinking it ! as I tend to believe it is good for some strange reason. Trying to get more info from that person as well.

  25. Herb says:

    We moved to Black Mountain in July and pass this spring regularly while driving to and from our residence. We decided to try the water after seeing so many people bottling it. The taste is clearly superior to our well water. We’ve asked around and no one knows of anyone ever suffering any ill effects from the spring water.

    • Dianne says:

      We’ve been drinking this water for almost a year. Have never had any ill effects. In fact, when we go to restaurants and drink their water, we can certainly tell the difference and that’s when I feel sick.
      Had a gentleman drive past once who lives up on the mountain. Agreed that the water was amazing and that it was tested recently and was found clean.

  26. Autumn says:

    Went there today. It is located about twenty feet on the right once you pass Lakey Gap Heights Street. The spring runs really fast and very cold!! Met a guy who’s been going there for a few years now and he says he’s never had any problems drinking it. There’s mildew on the pipe and I cleaned it with a paper towel before bottling my 4 two liter coke bottles. I’m going to see how I feel drinking this water before purchasing the water dispenser machine. The spring water is very clear and taste so much better than these bottled water.

  27. jack says:

    Water is really good, but is it safe to drink??? Please somebody tell me

  28. Daniel says:

    Easy to find with a nice pull off right along the road. Always seems busy.

  29. Anthony says:

    I spoke with the homeowner whose property the spring is on. He recommended getting the water tested. The water that flows out of the pipe comes from the last of three holding tanks. So this water is not direct from the source. He warned me that they have pulled dead animals from the tank before. The water tastes good. But, as always, drink at your own risk

  30. Carolyn says:

    In May 2016, I tested this water for the following: Bacteria, Lead, Pesticide, Nitrate, Nitrite, pH, Hardness, and Chlorine.

    Here are the results:
    Bacteria: negative
    Lead: negative
    Pesticide: negative
    Nitrate/Nitrite: 0
    pH: 6.5
    Hardness: 0
    Chlorine: 0

    I used the First Alert Drinking Water Test Kit and followed the directions precisely. Obviously things change, so future testing is wise, but these test results ease my mind a lot. Hope it helps y’all!

  31. DKline says:

    A big thank you Carolyn for the Testing results!

  32. Scott says:

    I filled 10 gallons and am now on gallon #6 with no problems. Going on faith…

  33. Lindsay Filipe says:

    hey community, I am a local student at warren wilson college, of swannanoa. As a student of the sciences, we are required to do in depth research work. For my research, I will be testing the water quality of this spring in wet and dry seasons of 2017 looking at metals, bacteria, pesticides, pH, etc. (yet to be decided). My research will be post here when complete, stay tuned, and elsewhere for all those interested. If you have any questions or concerns you would like that I consider in the research, send a message to
    peace be~

  34. Beatrix says:

    Collected water yesterday, it tasted really good!
    A mama bear and two cubs crossed right in front of us on the road very near the spring so took it as good sign. And I suppose you can expect to see bears around.
    A person collecting also said that he has been drinking the water and he feels it was very clean and nice.

  35. NJ says:

    Has anybody done any recent testing of the cricket hill spring water? Has anybody considered any contaminants leached from the PVC pipe itself? Does anyone know how long that pipe has there considering the tree has grown around it? Thanks for posting any information before the public consumes this crisp, cold water on a daily basis! It is a remarkable find! But best to be safe!

  36. Mark says:

    I started collecting and drinking water from this spring in October of 2018. A few hundred gallons later it made me extremely sick with dysentery in February of 2019. So, just a heads up. I drank so much of this stuff without any sort of negative effects but when it did make me sick it was really bad and I just can’t risk it anymore. Looking into options to filter the water of bacteria as I hate the idea of consuming fluoride in tap water.

  37. Dianne says:

    Lived in Asheville 4 years ago and used to come to this spring every week all year round to get water for 2 or 3 years. Moving back to the area after 4 years away…..has the water been tested recently.
    Never got sick on this water. My mother in law who was in her mid 80s loved it and never got sick. Just make sure you clean out your bottles/jugs and keep in a dark cool spot so bacteria doesn’t grow in it.

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