Hillside Spring

Spring waters coming from a stone basin under the trees
Hillside Spring retaining wall and basin, built in 1935.

NPS/Chickasaw National Recreation Area


Spring Type: Mineral
Spring Status: Flowing; not safe to drink

Stone and wood pagoda-style pavilion over a mineral spring
Pagoda-style pavilion over Hillside Spring, 1920s.

NPS/Chickasaw NRA

Prior to the construction of a new cistern and basin by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Hillside Spring issued from a grotto in a rock wall below the park headquarters (the present-day Platt District Ranger Station, also known as the Leeper House). Heavy in sulphur content, this water flows at a rate of about eighty gallons per minute. For thirty years, Hillside Spring was also known as the "Beauty Spring" because the water was believed to brighten eyes and beautify complexions. Due to high bacteria counts, the water of Hillside Spring is not presently safe for human consumption.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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