Linn Run/Forbes Forest Spring, Latrobe, PA

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Jeff Shaw testing the Spring Water at Linn Run State Park

Description:

The spring is on the right of the road there is a pull off and concrete basin with two pipes coming out (see photo).

the water runs constantly and there is a grate to sit your bottle on to fill up. Above the concrete basin is the spring house…..unfortunately after talking to the rangers we discovered that they do add chlorine to the water, even though according to them it is very little. They test the water once a month for bacteria.

The setting is in a beautiful park in an equally beautiful area, with trout streams near by and an amazing waterfall (check with park for directions to walk to falls) or Google the park directly.

Camping is also available in the park.

Nearest Address

Latrobe, PA

Directions from Nearest Address

From PA turnpike take Route 711 northeast to Ligonier, turn right heading East on Route 30, travel approx. 2 and ½ miles until you see route 381 and signs to Linn Run State Park. Follow four miles making a left turn at Linn Run Road continue to follow signs for Linn Run State Park. Continue on Linn Run Road until you enter the park on a gravel road proceed along approx one mile ….you will see spring on the right hand side.

Vital Information

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

Hours Spring is Open:

Unknown.

Submitted by: Matthew Wojton, Taylor Call

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  1. I travel almost 50 miles for this magnificent water and I now learn there is chlorine added. Is this really necessary? Can You tell Me the amount of chlorine that is added and how accurate is the measuring?

  2. John says:

    I just started getting water there and they do add chlorine because they have to by law but it not whole lot and it better than tap water chlorine is really not that bad for you the reason i get it because it safer then tap and bottle water that can have a verity of things like prescription pill people take they urinate and chemicals like fluoride that can’t be filter by there filtration system that also you get natural minerals that are missing in tap and bottle water like msm i should have the water tested but probably don’t have money they probable test now that i think about it ill have to ask them next time i get more water

    • Diane Kalina says:

      I have been getting our water from Linn Run for about 2 years now. This past week I got water there and brought it home. I was smelling chlorine with every glass. Was wondering where this was coming from till I found this site. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! I had never smelled it before so I guess they added too much. Check before filling your bottles.

  3. Vaughn Sadekni says:

    There are two sources to harvesting the spring water. Before reaching the main spring facing the stream and park benches there is another spout located up on a hill with a gated entrance. Every time I get water from this source there is no trace of chlorine. I am assuming that this source is not treated or pumped from the ground in the same manner. I was very disappointed to find out that the mains source was definitely chlorinated.

    • Viktor says:

      Vaughn can you be more specific? Thanks, Viktor

      VAUGHN SADEKNI says:There are two sources to harvesting the spring water. Before reaching the main spring facing the stream and park benches there is another spout located up on a hill with a gated entrance. Every time I get water from this source there is no trace of chlorine. I am assuming that this source is not treated or pumped from the ground in the same manner. I was very disappointed to find out that the mains source was definitely chlorinated.

    • Mike says:

      Vaughn, where exactly is the spring you talk about? I would really like to know now hearing the main one is chlorinated. Thanks

    • Beth A Blair says:

      Can you be more specific as to where this other spring is you speak of please?

  4. George says:

    if you are looking for pure mountain spring water without chlorine walk up the stone steps to the right of the main spring and then go behind the pump house and you will find a white pipe on the hillside a few feet up. Flow is a little slower and ygs (5 gal) under but that’s the price you pay for a gift of this purity.

  5. Ken says:

    There are three sources of water in Linn Run that I know of. First is the spring listed on this website, second is the one that George mentioned above the spring, and lastly there is an artesian well (I think) in the Grove Run picnic area, but this last one is seasonal and is off during colder months.

  6. Jake says:

    Hey all,

    Penn State Extension tested this water in 2013 and I retrieved the data. the professor explained to me that the water is indeed Chlorinated and that the only issue was a higher than normal count of total coliform bacteria (2 per 100mL). Here is that test from 2013:

    pH = 7.6
    TDS (mg/L) = 44
    Chloride (mg/L) = less than 5.0
    Nitrate-N (mg/L) = less than 0.50
    Sulfate (mg/L) = 13.018
    Barium (mg/L) = 0.026
    Iron (mg/L) = less than 0.05
    Manganese (mg/L) = less than 0.01
    Hardness (mg/L) = 36
    Corrosivity Index = -1.10
    Total Coliform Bacteria = 2 colonies per 100 mL
    E. coli Bacteria = 0 colonies per 100 mL
    Calcium (mg/L) = 12.17
    Magnesium (mg/L) = 1.41
    Copper (mg/L) = less than 0.005
    Alkalinity (mg/L) = 27
    Total Suspended Solids (mg/L) = 1
    Aluminum (mg/L) = 0.02
    Arsenic (mg/L) = less than 0.003
    Lead (mg/L) = less than 0.003

    Resource: Bryan Swistock
    Water Resources Specialist
    Penn State Extension

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