We are told on a daily basis to drink plenty of water each and every day. Our doctors encourage us drink at least 64 ounces a day. And it’s become a common solution to many ailments. Got a headache? Drink more water. Need to lose weight? Drink more water. Computer crashed? Sorry. Drinking more water won’t help that.

It’s not easy to drink all of that water but what if you made it more exciting and even fun?  Maine is home to many road side springs. If you’ve never used one, it really is a treat. It reminds me of how many people have done the exact same thing at the same place over many years.

Jones Brook at Wiley’s Corner in South Thomaston is an example of an easily accessible and inviting spring. There is a parking area at the head of the trail that takes you to Fort Point ruins. It is located just 5 miles from Route 1 on 131.

You can bring your reusable bottles and fill until your heart’s content. The water is clear and tastes amazing. The most recent water test results are posted beside the spring.

If you care to take a short, easy hike head down to the ruins of Fort Point. Not much remains of the fort but the views of the St George River are stunning. It’s a great opportunity to take a walk on the quieter side of life.

Even better, maybe you know some road side fresh water springs, tell us about them.

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