Shatley Springs, Crumpler, NC


Posted: January 9, 2010

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

407 Shatley Springs Road
Crumpler, NC 28617
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On a summer day in 1890, Martin Shatley was passing by a cool mountain stream and paused to dip his hands and face in the water to soothe his hot, blistered skin. Only a few hours later he discovered that the crippling skin disease, which had plagued him for many years, seemed to be miraculously disappearing. (Shatley’s own testimonial) As the rumors spread of the miraculous curing water of Shatley Springs, people from near and far began to converge on the site seeking relief from varying skin diseases, stomach ailments, rheumatism and nervous disorders. At this time the spring was little more than a hole in the ground walled up by rocks. As there were no facilities available around the spring, visitors to the site stayed in tents around the spring or lodged with nearby families. Numerous pamphlets were published which swore testimonials to the curative powers of the spring. A movement was started for the development of a resort on the property after Martin Shatley sold the farm surrounding the springs and moved to Wilkes County. He did not, however, sell the spring itself, returning each summer to bathe in the waters. Shatley soon began the early development of the resort by erecting a small bathhouse, which contained a long bench, a tiny heater and a bathtub of sheet iron. The water in which they bathed was heated outside in a black iron pot. As Martin Shatley became older and was unable to visit the spring each summer, he sold it to Alonzo McNeill, Bid Williams and a Mr. Harper. The new owners refurbished the spring building with a cement enclosure and a new covering. In the 1920’s, cabins and a tearoom were built and the name was changed to Radium Springs as a result of a chemical analysis revealing a trace of Radium in the water. For a short time the water was bottled and sold; one truckload in 1927 brought a price of $840 for 600 gallons. Mr. Williams bought out the interest of the other owners and changed the name back to Shatley Springs. He owned the spring until 1958, when it was sold to Lee Q. McMillan, the present owner. Since the discovery of the springs by Martin Shatley, thousands have gained renewed health by drinking or bathing in the water, which flows out of the Little Phoenix Mountain. The water contains numerous elements and is considered one of the purest springs in the world. The water of Shatley Springs is still used by many people for its curative properties. Even in the months when the resort is closed, people carry away large containers of the water. The water can be stored for months without losing its fresh taste. The spring itself is always running and the water is free.

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407 Shatley Springs Road

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

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Map Link: Shatley Springs Map

Submitted by: Shaman Rawb

  1. Claude says:

    My Dad took me to the spring and we all enjoyed the water during the 1950s and still visit from Richmond,Va. We enjoy the food, gift shops and yes the water..
    Western,NC and the folks there make it one of the most special places on earth.
    My heart will always be in western NC

    Claude Parker

  2. Maurica Thomas says:

    My husband and I visited for the first time. It is wonderful. It’s like a step back in time. It’s peaceful, quite, and relaxing. The family style dinner was excellent and the service was great. The waitress kept us in supply with food. We got all we wanted and then some. I’ll have to say I was very surprised. The country ham, apples, and biscuits and gravy were my favorite. We took a walk around the fishing pond after our meal. We drank some of the refreshing spring water and filled jugs to take home with us. The water, as well as the atmosphere, is crisp and cool. We will be back….with friends.

  3. Sfuf says:

    This spring water is just amazingly delicious – we brought home five gallons just because of the taste.  It comes out very cool, which is hugely refreshing on a hot day.  The whole place is quite wonderful, worth a visit if you’re in the area.

  4. Mike says:

    Whoa, so this is free?

  5. Daniel says:

    Crowded today with people from many miles away filling bottles of all sizes, many noting they use it exclusively. Tastes great. Beautiful area, wonderful collection area open to the public aside a nice restaurant.

  6. Rebecca says:

    It’s definitely a tourist attraction. Food, music, water, gift shop, etc. They even sell jugs for you to fill up.

  7. Clifton L Griffa says:

    I have visited this place twice in my life and enjoyed the water as well as the food and scenery.

  8. Jim says:

    31ppm which is awesome, however this spring has Arsenic levels near 10…. it’s really less than ideal to drink, which is unfortunate because it taste amazing.

    The sign on the spring that says it has Arsenic needs to be made larger, on one hand it’s nice it’s their, however on the other hand it needs to be larger and maybe just closed down completely or locked off and only used in cases of emergency.

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