Plank Road Spring, North Garden, VA


3050 Plank Road
North Garden, VA 22959
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Roadside spring that flows out of a pipe in the side of a hill. The spring is across the street from a creek.

Nearest Address

3050 Plank Road, North Garden, VA 22959

Directions from Nearest Address

Heading south on 20 (Scottsville Road) turn right on Plank Road. Pass Edgemont Farm on the left and Oakwood Farm on the right. Pass a white house on the right. The spring is then on the right hand side. Park in the spot on the left hand side of the road (opposite the spring and alongside the creek).

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 8
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:



Map Link: LPlank Road Spring Map

Submitted by: Sherri & Anthony

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  1. Thirdtuck says:

    My wife and I found the spring this past Friday. She and I both drank the water directly from the pipe. I was sick with diarrhea and vomiting the next day, but she was not. She said that she did not drink that much of it. The water tasted great and was very refreshing. I cannot say with certainty that it was the water that caused the reaction or if it was a 24 hour flu. Has anyone else out there had similar experience with this spring?

    • Gracie says:

      WoW! Thanks for this feedback. I was going to check-out this spring but, now I’m not. I don’t want to even run the risk of getting sick or, worse yet, getting some kind of parasite. I’m sorry you may have gotten sick from this water (or maybe not) but, thank you so much for this feedback. It made me stop and think.

      • drayb.resources says:

        Gracie, I would not get discouraged to quickly. Go to the spring with a bottle and get some of the spring water and then take it home and test it for your self which will offer the reassurance that you need. You could probably take the water to a local college that has a chemistry lab and ask if they would test the water for you. Also; I had responded to Thirdtuck post as follows: Quick Note: The reason you had diarrhea and vomiting (which are reactions) is possibly because your body is letting go of the built up poisonous toxins your body has been storing for a very long time or for a short period of time. When your body is letting go of these 
        poisonous toxins, it has to be released somehow either diarrhea, vomiting or through the skin by perspiring which is a good thing.

    • Drinking from springs was a common occurrence for me when I was a kid growing up in Northern Virginia but I recall that when we’d go hiking in the Blue Ridge I woud occasionally get a reaction similar to yours from the various springs we used. The explanation, which I have never researched, was always a variant in mineral content from what I was used to that caused the body to react to “detox” itself. Diarrhea was a common reaction. I note that I am still alive. 🙂

    • Tiffany says:

      I haven’t had direct experience yet…but I did hear about this from two locals who had drunk from it and didn’t mention anything negative. They said every time they drive by there are lots of ppl filling up there so it should be fine!

    • drayb.resources says:

      Quick Note: The reason you had diarrhea and vomiting (which are reactions) is possibly because your body is letting go of the built up poisonous toxins your body has been storing for a very long time or for a short period of time. When your body is letting go of these 
      poisonous toxins, it has to be released somehow either diarrhea, vomiting or through the skin by perspiring which is a good thing.

    • Greg says:

      I’ve drank the water from this spring for many years and never once I have I been sick from it. I get water there on a regular basis. I recently drank a bottle of Augafina which is my favorite of the bottled water selection and even it did not even compare of the taste quality of the Plank Road Spring.

  2. Laurableva says:

    Hello! I visited this spring a couple of days ago. The water is cold and tastes wonderful. There is a wonderful energy about the spring. I have been drinking it freely and have had no gastro symptoms of any kind. The spring is only a few miles from the intersection of 29N. and Plank Road (Crossroads Store.) There is a white spring house and the white pipe is down by the road. I recommend this spring to everyone!

  3. Teri Weakley says:

    Haven’t read any comments here about the pipe. What kind of pipe? Pipes can easily be the source of contaminants or heavy metals. What’s the story?

  4. Christopher says:

    TDS only 7…Ph 5.5…temp 60…flow rate about 1 gallon per 5 seconds…bacterial culture negative.
    This water is awesome!
    pic is the view from small white pump house,water flowing out of pipe at the edge of the road.

  5. Manu says:

    This spring is great!  I’ve been drinking this pretty exclusively for a couple months now and feel wonderful.

  6. Tim says:

    Visited today! drove from Richmond, Va. water tasted great, directions were spot on, easy to find. Thanks for the listing, and thank you Christopher for test information! awesome!

  7. Ines says:

    Hi Tim, I live in Virginia Beach, how far was this places from Richmond? plz let me know.

  8. Tim says:

    Ines: it was about an 1:25 from richmond

  9. Stephen says:

    just went today and the water was coming out very slow. i estimate the flow rate was only about 1 gallon every 4 minutes.

  10. I visited the spring today and came down Old Lynchburg Road…it is 0.8 miles from that intersection not 1.1 miles as direction say but regardless it could not be easier to find and there is a little parking space across the road by the Hardware river…I will take the water to Aqua Air labs Tuesday to check for E. coli but I am guessing it will be fine as I met two people who have been drinking out of this spring for a long time…btw the pipe is PVC not metal.

  11. Results from Aqua Air Lab in Charlottesville: some coliform bacteria. no E. Coli..Lab guy thought this meant there was a chance surface water/activity could get into/is getting into this water….anyone have any ideas? he said not to drink the water..disappointed..

    • Allison says:

      Hi Roger. I am considering a move to the Charlottsville area. I have been drinking exclusively from Leone springs, in PA, for the past two years. I am looking for a good spring to switch to. Would you have another spring in the Charlottsville area you would reccomend?

    • Roger Voisinet says:

      have you moved here and found another spring? there is one other one listed here near monticello…I have been wanting to get this spring re tested to confirm my first findings…wish there were some more recent comments…august 2015

      • Nancy Hurrelbrinck says:

        Hi, Roger,

        Did you ever get a chance to try the spring at the Saunders Trail and get it tested? (I was drinking that water for several months without any problem — TDS was 12.) Thanks.

      • Quena says:

        That one was super hard to find (for us). We read the directions, but still couldnt find the spring.. pretty disappointed. We just collected the water from this one and filter thri simple one step bacteria filter.

  12. Liz says:

    Hello! I went to the spring today, it took us a while to find it because we turned the wrong way on Plank road. We were coming from Carter’s Mountain so I guess the directions are a little different. But the way we came we should have turned left off of Old Lynchburg Rd onto Plank Rd. If you pass a white church you’re going the wrong way. Going the right way, the spring is less than a mile after you turn onto Plank Rd from Old Lynchburg. The spring house is like a miniature white shed on the left where the spring is. The parking space/pull off is across from the spring next to the creek. There is about two feet between the pipe and the ground; it’s a white pvc pipe with some natural looking algae-like stains right inside. It was flowing fast but not rushing. I took a big sip which was cool and tasted great, but then I noticed several tiny particles floating in all the bottles we filled. I am sure it is something natural and something a coffee filter could fix, but just to be sure we will be testing it in Chesterfield County.

  13. Liz says:

    P.S. The sign for Edgemont Farms actually says Ammonett(sp) Farms on the left, and Edgemont really small lower down where you really wouldn’t see. There is no sign for Oakwood Farms that I saw but I think it is a driveway just up on the right after Ammonett. The spring is on down the road but less than a mile from those farms. You will see the creek with the pull off, big enough for one car. You just walk across the two lane road (it is not too busy but people drive really fast down those back roads) to the spring (white pipe sticking out of a rock lower down) with a small white spring house/shed back and up a few feet from the spring. There was no one else at the spring when we went around 4 PM.

  14. Sara says:

    I have been drinking from this spring for over ten years.
    Please do not take water samples from anywhere to a gov’t lab. If there is something they do not approve of, they can shut down a spring or a well. If you MUST use a gov’t lab, list an urban address as the source of the water.
    This spring is privately owned, PLEASE pick up the trash the local thugs leave so we can keep the owners happy.

  15. Quena says:

    We just left the spring. I think it’s OAKMONT Farm. Not Oakwood. Hope that helps. But, great flow today at 4:30. No other vistors. Filled over 24 gallons in about 20 minutes. I understand theres some coliform bacteria, but we just use a simple filter that filters 99.999% bacteria. They arent very expensive. You can filter stagnant pond water with it and be fine. This spring is about 20 mins away from the one at Montecello trail. (We couldnt find that one).

  16. Chris says:

    I’ve been collecting and drinking water from this spring for two years now. I have never had an issues other than great tasting water from it, and highly recommend it. I did the First Alert water test kit on it as well as an arsenic test and all came out great. Total TDS 0; PH 7; Chlorine 0; Nitrate 0; Total Nitrate/Nitrite 1.0 (below 10ppm is good); Lead, Bacteria & Pesticides all negative. Enjoy, just be careful on that road, the pipe is on the side of a 2-lane road and cars can go by very quickly. Cheers to your health!

    • Annette says:

      I did a First Alert home water test, and all the results were good, except bacteria – the water tested positive for bacteria. I would love to use the water for drinking water, but I’m not sure I should.

  17. Annette says:

    Seems like the water is running very slow the last couple of times I’ve gone to collect water. Anyone know if this is normal for winter?

  18. James C. Butler says:

    Yes, the water seems to be running super slow now. I think that the water is being diverted (probably naturally) away from the pipe. In other words, the flow is spread out. We left after filling less than half our load today – it just took too long. Very sad…this water is amazing and I’ve been drinking it for a year.

  19. Chris says:

    visited 3.11.17, and the flow was slow at 4min per gallon. still tastes great though and measured TDS @ 8. Enjoy…

  20. Greg says:

    I’ve been getting drinking water from this spring since early 2016. I do not filter it and drink it straight from the containers I collect it in. I was there today (28 March 2017) and collected about 35 gallons. The flow rate was really low. It took about 40 seconds to fill a 1L bottle. Other times the flow rate has been faster. Above the spring is forest and does not appear that any of the land is being used for farming or cattle. If it were, I would not drink from this spring as it could have pesticides or fertilizer related chemicals. Others have obviously tested it with kits and readings were good. I usually go by smell, taste and the surrounding landscape. You do have to be careful crossing the road as it’s a two lane country road and cars drive pretty fast. Just be aware when crossing the road to your car and move with a purpose. The spring is about 15-20 minutes from I64 off Exit 120. The roads are curvy and lots of rolling hills. Take your time and be safe getting there and back. Sometimes bicyclists use the roads so you have to be extra careful. Personally, I think they have a death wish cycling on the road getting there. Once you drive it, you’ll know what I mean.

  21. Greg says:

    In March I collected a stockpile of water and still drinking it. I finally purchased a PH Test Kit made by Alkalife off Amazon and the water tests out at about 6.5 PH. I was a little disappointed as that’s still considered acidic but at least it has minerals in it being spring water. Just don’t know what minerals. Anyway, just an update.

  22. Selena says:

    We went to this spring for the first time today. The water was flowing at about a gallon per minute. Nice and cold and clear! There was no one else there when we got there. The pipe is high enough for you to fit a gallon jug underneath. We left with about 10 gallons.

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