Whiskey Hollow Spring, Memphis, NY


Posted: May 2, 2010

Category: New York, North America, United States, View All

Whiskey Hollow Rd
Memphis, NY 13112
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A great spring located in a beautiful forest

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Whiskey Hollow Rd, Memphis, NY 13112

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Vital Information

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

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Map Link: Whiskey Hollow Spring Map

Submitted by: Casey Inman

  1. Gfoster67 says:

    The local authorities close the road at night due to trouble makers and the areas “reputation”.

  2. Heather says:

    Just made my first trip out there — it’s a bit hard to find, even with a GPS, but don’t be deterred! It’s worth the trip!

  3. Bhart2 says:

    This place is great. My family used to fill up jugs there for a week’s worth at a time. There is a pipe near the road, just fill up. Be careful though, it is spooky, desolate,  and only go during the day.

  4. Wljaney says:

    I took this picture of the spring at Whiskey Hollow in April 2011.  My family lives around the area and members of my family still fill up their own bottles every week just as my parents did when I was a child.  As a matter of fact, I was there on this particular day because I gave my 78 year old father a ride to fill up his bottles for the week.  My father was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2011 and passed away on 1 September 2011.  He was a heavy smoker all of his life.  We suspect that he had the cancer as far back as early 2010 but he did not see a doctor until January 2011.  He was very active until the last 2 months of his life and never took prescribed medications until those last 2 months.  He always told me that his own parents would go to this spring and obtain their water.  My mother’s parents did as well.  It is neverending and a beautiful area.  I have no doubt that this special spring helped my father to remain very active while living with lung cancer.  The area at Whiskey Hollow….so named because the legend is that there was a bootleg distillery way back in the early 1900’s…..is a beautiful area but yes, a bit isolated and “spooky”.  Be careful on the road as well because it is quite a bit of a drop over cliffs if you miss a turn. 

  5. Wljaney says:

    Just a few more photos of the area which I took in April of 2011.  This is the road through Whiskey Hollow.  There are deep ravines on the sides of the road and no guardrails.  I wouldn’t recommend going there in the late fall because people do hunt in this area.  There is a deep cave off to the left and up the hill if you are facing the spring.  I don’t think the spring should be listed as Memphis, NY because it is actually right outside of Baldwinsville, NY. 

  6. Wljaney says:

    Directions:    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=baldwinsville+ny&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=2541l4549l0l6721l13l8l0l4l4l2l261l1733l0.3.5l12l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=582&wrapid=tlif132285118778810&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

    690W/N to Baldwinsville, NY……..Take the 1st Exit for Baldwinsville (Rt. 31)……..Left at the bottom of the ramp onto Downer Street/County Rd. 272/Kingdom Rd……..go several miles and make Left onto E. Dead Creek Rd………go several more miles past Connors Rd. and then Right onto Whiskey Hollow Rd.

    Once on Whiskey Hollow Rd. it is about halfway down the road on the Right.  When you leave the spring and continue on Whiskey Hollow Rd……go to the end and make a Right onto Perry Rd……..then Right onto Connors Rd…….then Left onto E. Dead Creek Rd. and back to Downer Street/County Rd.272/Kingdom Rd. 

  7. Hcsteffen says:

    Do you do anything to the water before drinking??

  8. Wljaney says:

    My family has never boiled or done anything to the water before drinking it.  My family has been drinking this water for over 100 years with no health issues that I am aware of.  My immediate family still obtains this water every week for their drinking water supply.  I drank the water when I was growing up and continue to drink it when visiting family.  I do not live in the State or I would drink it every week. 

  9. Guest says:

    Does anyone know if this water has been reliably tested recently? We called the county health department and all they could say was that they tested it some years ago (1998) and that they don’t recommend it for drinking

  10. D. Petrik says:

    06 Apr 2012
    I found the spring easily with the directions provided.  The spring is on the north side of the road 1/3 of a mile from W. Dead Creek Rd.  There are pull offs on both sides of the road at the spring outlet.  There was another gentleman there filling jugs when I arrived.  The water tastes sweet.

  11. Joseph Hahn says:

    I have been getting water from this spring for the last 6 months, and I find it to be good. I am planning on sending some samples of it in with the free water evaluation that Home Depot does. I will post the results. But my family has had no ill side effects from its use. And we intend to keep using it. I have seen signs posted that the road leading up to it is not maintained. I would like to say a heart thank you to who ever has been plowing this road over the past few snow storms. Please keep up the good work.

  12. ERIK says:

    I was at the spring yesterday and after wondering around the ponds I spotted the sheriff driving by and I asked for directions to the spring. He informed me that it was farther on the left. As I arrived I saw three other people filling up. The flow is steady and filling up a 5-gal jug took about 2 min. The water is refreshingly cold and tastes very good. I measured the TDS count with my meter and the result was 212. It seemed higher than I thought it would be. The lower the TDS count the better(less inorganic compounds). The tap water in my home measures 151, so for a spring water to be above that # is a little puzzling.

  13. Wendy says:

    I have been drinking this water for over 20 years and have never had any problems.My husbands family has been drinking this water for over 60years and have never gotten sick from it either.Tap water can not compare to Whiskey Hollow water!

  14. TJ says:

    I have been drinking spring water all of my life. Recently, I moved from upstate NY to CNY and thought I would give this spring a try yesterday on a Sunday afternoon. It was a bad mistake. As noted in the previous comments, road is narrow, steep, no guard rails and snow covered. There were vehicles parked on both sides with no sense of order. I thought I was going to get spring water, not to a rock concert. We went up the road did a 5 point turn and went back home with our empty containers. The place is treacherous. The people unkind. Mark the date that I have submitted this post. This place is an accident waiting to happen any time of the year. The saddest part of all, is that the people created site with good intentions. I do know of better springs that are not on here. I will not submit any of them to findapring, as I would not want to see them go the way this one has. My advice to anyone that knows of less traveled springs, do yourself & the spring a favor, and keep them to yourself.

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