Pennsylvania is full of hidden gems, from castles to graffiti highways, there are plenty of things to discover here. If you're looking for a crystal clear natural spring in Pennsylvania, you won't find many, but all hope is not lost. 

While PA isn't often touted for having many clear blue springs, there is one hiding in the southern region of the state near Mount Davis (the tallest point in the state). 

Appropriately named Big Spring, this waterhole remains an off-the-beaten-path hidden gem that only a few locals and passersby know about.

The spring features a white sandy bottom and clear blue water. The water is constantly flowing up from springs below, feeding this little watering hole with fresh, clear, cool water. On hot days it's not uncommon to see some wary travelers cooling off in the water. 

Getting to the spring is another story, though. Several sources state that it's around a 6-mile roundtrip trail trek to the spring.

Additionally, the spring is not part of the state park and is actually located on private property, but that doesn't seem to stop people from stumbling upon it by exploring many trails in the area.


This place has even made its way onto Google Maps. One  Google reviewer wrote "Awesome place!! Nice long hike back to spring. Very peaceful & tranquil. Worth the time to go explore."

Who would have ever thought such a beautiful natural spring would be located in Pennsylvania? 

If you want to check out other PA gems, there's a castle that you can visit and an eerie graffiti highway

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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