Water Sources & Conditions

Springs: Although the Park may have natural sources of clean, potable water, any water source could become polluted. Most water sources along the trails (with the exception of public developed area facilities) are unprotected and susceptible to contamination. All water should be purified, preferably by boiling for at least two minutes, chemical treatment, or filtering with a portable water filtering system. Avoid contaminating the water supply and surrounding area. Dishes, clothes and hands should never be washed in the water supply. Washing should be done well away from the water supply.

The springs are listed in order, from north (US 522) to south (Calf Mt. Hut) along the Appalachian Trail.

This information is updated periodically.
 

Water Sources along the Appalachian Trail

Mile Along AT

Spring Location

Comments

Tom Floyd Wayside

Unknown

5.3

Indian Run Maintenance Building Area

Piped; Shallow pool; slow trickle (10/18/19)

9.9

Hogwallow Flats

Piped; No Flow; very shallow pool (10/24/19)

14.3

Gravel Springs Hut

Deep pool; slow flow (10/24/19)

19.4

Range View Cabin

Piped; 1.5 liters per minute (10/24/19)

20.7

Elkwallow Gap (below picnic area)

Piped; 3.3 liters per minute (10/24/19)

24.3

Beahms Gap

Shallow pool, no flow (10/28/19)

26.4

Pass Mountain Hut

Piped; 0.5 liters per minute (10/28/19)

34.7

Byrds Nest #3 (access road near Drive)

Piped; 4.5 liters per minute (10/22/19)

44.3

Hawksbill Gap

Piped; 2.5 liters per minute (10/22/19)

45.6

Rock Spring Hut

Piped; 5 liters per minute (10/21/19)

57.1

Bearfence Mountain Hut

No flow; shallow pool (10/22/19)

59.8

Pocosin Cabin

Piped, no flow; shallow pool (10/22/19)

63.1

South River Maintenance Building

No flow; shallow pool (10/22/19)

69.5

Hightop Hut

Piped; No flow; shallow pool (10/24/19)l

77.7

Pinefield Hut

No flow; shallow pools (10/24/19)

81.4

Ivy Creek Maintenance Building

Piped; 20 liters per minute (10/24/19)

85.7

Doyles River Trail near cabin

Piped; 6 liters per minute (10/24/19)

90.9

Blackrock Hut

Piped; 0.5 liters per minute (10/24/19)

97

Jarman Gap

Small pool; slow trickle (10/24/19)

103.9

Calf Mountain Hut

Piped; 0.5 liters per minute (10/4/19)

Water Sources along Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive mile

Water Source Location

Water Availability

4.8

Dickey Ridge VC/Picnic area

frost free hydrant (PA year round, VC seasonal)

22.1

Piney River Maintenance Office

frost free hydrant (year round)

24

Elkwallow Picnic Area

frost free hydrant (year round)

31.6

Thornton Gap Entrance Station

frost free hydrant (year round)

31.6

Panorama

frost free hydrant (year round)

36.7

Pinnacles Picnic area

frost free hydrant (year round)

42

Skyland area

frost free hydrant (stables area) (year round)

51

Big Meadows area (2)

frost free hydrant (Maintenance area/Visitor Center comfort station – both are year round)

57.8

Lewis Mtn. CG and Picnic area

Intermittent (shut off for winter)

62.8

South River Picnic area

frost free hydrant (year round) BOIL!

65.4

Swift Run Entrance Station

frost free hydrant (year round)

73.1

Simmons Gap area (2)

frost free hydrant (Trails cache / Maintenance area - both are year round)

80

Loft Mtn CG and Wayside area

Intermittent (shut off for winter)

83.6

Dundo CG

frost free hydrant (year round) BOIL!


Last updated: October 29, 2019

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