Laurel Forge Pond Spring, Gardners, PA


Posted: May 9, 2010

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

Old Railroad Bed Road
Gardners, PA 17324
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The Spring is right on Railroad Bed Rd just past the Laurel Forge Pond. The water comes out of a white PVC pipe onto the side of the road.

There is a nice short hike to Pole Steeple (Nice View) opposite the Pond. There is a car parking area at the base of the hike.

Nearest Address

Old Railroad Bed Rd off Pine Grove Rd in the Michaux State Forest.

Directions from Nearest Address

If you look up Laurel Forge Pond in PA (google maps) you will see it is South West of Harrisburg.

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 18
  • Temp: 52° F
  • pH: 7.1-7.92

Hours Spring is Open:



Submitted by: Tony Stevenson

  1. Gary says:

    I clocked the springs ph at 7.10 ish and low tds of 17 or 18
    AND MORE IMPORTANTLY!! The name of the road is OLD railroad bed road. Not railroad bed road. Huge difference being that I got lost. Check it out. Its a lil ways down and tastes soooo good. 52 degrees

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is a beautiful spot in a state park. There are nearby cabins for rent and fishing in the pond. The water gushes out of a short pvc pipe which is attached to a metal pipe coming out of the rock. I wouldn’t use any container larger than about 1/2 to 1 gallon because you must extend your arm to almost its fullest to reach the water from the dry area beside the spring. If you stand in front of the spring wear shallow wading boots but you should be able to fill 5 gallon containers that way. It is located at N40.03518 deg W077.27185 deg.

  3. Daboojj says:

    coming out of a PVC pipe is not healthy….

  4. gps is spot on when you click the map link above. interesting area to say the least. i stopped on my way out east and was glad i did. this is great tasting water

  5. Krismusik says:

    This water is was named “Awesome Water” by Tony Stevenson.  I will be forever grateful to Tony for telling me about this spring.  RIP, Tony – we will honor and remember you with every sip.

  6. stenec says:

    Went out with two of my grown children to look for this spring over the weekend. With the help of a nearby cabin owner, I was able to find it. The GPS coordinates were right on the money. Several other folks were loading up containers when we got there and I came away with six gallons. I only wish I had brought more containers! The next time I’m in the area, I’ll be back for more of this outstandingly tasty water.

  7. Donnie says:

    i have found this spring they other day…. water is very refreshing and good…. you definitely get wet shoes while your filling your containers up…supposely there is another spring in the area on rt 233… just havent found that one yet…

  8. Holly says:

    I refill my bottles every time I hike in beautiful Pine Grove Furnace State Park. This water is fabulous. A park ranger said this is the 3rd cleanest water in Pennsylvania!

  9. BradP says:

    Tested on 1/5/13

    TDS Meter = 15

    Tested the water using Watersafe Test kit and got the following:

    Nitrate/Nitrite = <2.0

    Nitrite = 0

    Ph = 6.5 -7.5

    Hardness = 0

    Chlorine = 0

    Lead = Negative

    Pesticide = Negative

    Bacteria = Negative

  10. Holly Hill says:

    BEST water in the world! I have been drinking this for decades, and am still standing at 65! It is also a great way to get iron, as this area was a source of iron ore back in the day~

  11. John says:

    I made a trip up to this Spring last weekend. It is the best tasting Spring water I have ever had. You can keep your expensive gimmick waters. From now on all my drinking water will be from Pine Grove Spring. That little bit of PVC pipe isn’t hurting a thing. Nothing can seep into water flowing that fast through just a few feet.

  12. Dan B says:

    This spring has really good drinkable water. I checked it out a few months ago. It’s in an area where there is no phone service for miles, but my GPS unit still worked to help me find the road. It’s about 3/4 of a mile down Old Railroad Bed road. I started drinking this water exclusively, and my friends and I make a weekly run to it to refill. If we go during the day on a weekend, there is almost certain to be other people stopped there to refill, too.

    There is another spring about ten minutes away, on Rt. 233 in Newville, several miles out from the park if you’re headed to I-81. Look for an iron pipe on the side of the road dumping water into a storm drain.

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