Appalachian National Scenic Trail - Drinking Water Conditions
Out of date info - being updated starting 6/1/2019
Drinking water along the AT in both New Jersey and New York is limited due to drought conditions.
Some water sources have dried up or are reduced to a trickle. Some have become polluted. Hikers along the AT should check ahead on water availability by reading register logs, inquiring at park offices and other information points along the Trail. In New Jersey, hikers may be able to inquire with the seasonal Ridge Runners, should you meet one on the trail. They have been monitoring conditions along the AT in that state. Be prepared to treat any water source if you are not confident that it is potable.
Appalachian Trail - wide Water condition updates can be found at:
Pennsylvania: Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the attachment to download a July 2010 report on water sources along the AT in Pennsylvania.
Water Report for AT in New Jersey: July 16, 2010
|Nat'l Parks Visitor Center||Faucet in pavilion area|
|Dunnfield Creek Parking Lot||Pump handle has been replaced and pump works|
|Holly Springs Trail, 0.2 miles east of AT||Slow flow-may dry up|
|Sunfish Pond Run-off||Good Flow-Reliable|
|Garvey Spring||Rarely Flows-Don't even think about it|
|Yards Creek Run-off, 1 mile N of Sunfish Pond||Running good|
|Mohican Outdoor Center-0.3 miles off of AT||Faucet by garage across from office|
|Rattlesnake Spring, 50-150 feet||Good Flow-Reliable|
|Blue Mountain Lakes Road||Pump handle has been reinstalled|
|Boy Scout Bridge, 0.3 miles north of Rattlesnake Mountain||Slow Flow - Not reliable|
|Brink Road Shelter Spring||Slow flow - Reliable|
|Gren Anderson Shelter Spring||Slow flow - may dry up|
|Mashipacong Shelter||No Water|
|Iris Trail Stream, N of Mashipacong Shelter||Slow Flow-Filter & Purify-may dry up|
|Rutherford Shelter Spring||Slow flow-may dry up|
|High Point State Park Office, Route 23||Faucet by office|
|Monument Shelter, High Point||Good Flow-Reliable (to the right of 1st bridge)|
|Secret Shelter, 5.5 miles N of HP Shelter-Goldsmith Rd||Faucet from well-Private property|
|Unionville, NY via Lott Rd & NJ Avenue||Faucet at town park, next to post office|
|Just north of Lake Wallkill Rd||Faucet at back of house, sign on the AT|
|Pochuck Shelter||No Water|
|Trail angel 1.8 miles north of Pochuck Shelter||Temporarily out of service-knee problems|
|Heaven Hill Farm||Faucet at farm, and Ice Cream|
|Wawayanda Shelter, blue blazed trail off of AT to park office||Faucet on park office&maintenance buildings|
Conditions in New York:
In Orange County:
- Harriman State Park streams may be running low, but reliable sources would be at the lakes, Tiorati Circle, Bear Mountain Inn area and the Bear Mountain Zoo.
In Dutchess County:
- The pump at the Wiley Shelter is not working. A nearby cistern did have a slow flow of water, but as the draught continues this source will become problematic.
- There is no water at the Telephone Pioneers Shelter