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Quench your thirst and curiosity at the natural spring on Highway 26

Have you ever wondered why so many people stop at the drinking water wayside on the way to the Oregon Coast?

A water bottle gets filled up at a natural spring.

People often fill large containers, so a bit of patience may be required for your turn.

Photo by Ben McBee, PDXtoday

On a trip to the Oregon Coast, it’s common to see several cars pulled off on both sides of Highway 26 about 45 miles outside of Portland.

Have you ever wondered, “What’s with all the hubbub?” The answer to that question actually comes bubbling out of the ground — natural spring water. It’s refreshing, it’s free, and its minerality makes it popular with homebrewers and chefs alike.

These drinking fountains represent a bygone era, when road trips were slower and spots to stop for a drink (or to cool down a car’s radiator) were few and far between. Today, the pace has picked up, so be extra careful driving in the area.

Still not convinced it’s worth it? We’ll let this Google review sway you. “This water tastes like water. But not just regular water. It’s like a better than water type of water. Like if water could be better than itself, this would be that water.”

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