Discovering the Fountain of Youth Near Pittsburgh

The Fountain of Youth in North Park, north of PIttsburgh.

The Fountain of Youth really does exist, and you can find it in a public park just north of Pittsburgh!

Close-up of the Fountain of Youth seal above the springhouse in North Park.
Close-up of the seal above the spring house in North Park.

Built in the 1930’s, this historic spring house has been abandoned as a source of water, but the Fountain of Youth is still a great photo-op and roadside attraction, provided you know how to find it.

Standing in front of the Fountain of Youth north of Pittsburgh.
Standing in front of the Fountain of Youth north of Pittsburgh.

How to Find the Fountain of Youth Near Pittsburgh

The Fountain of Youth is located roadside along Kummer Road in North Park (an Allegheny County park), near Wexford.

A map to the Fountain of Youth in Wexford, Pennsylvania.
How to find the Fountain of Youth near Wexford, PA.

If navigating by street address, use 10127 Kummer Rd, Wexford, PA 15090.

If navigating by GPS coordinates, use 40.599920, -80.021132.

The view of the Fountain of Youth from Kummer Road, north of Pittsburgh in North Park.
The view from the parking pull-off along Kummer Road, north of Pittsburgh in North Park.

Parking is at an obvious roadside pull-off at the address/coordinates above (there is no signage), and the fountain is plainly visible from the road.

View from the top of the FOuntain of Youth, looking towards Kummer Road in Wexford.
View from the top of the Fountain of Youth, looking towards Kummer Road in Wexford.

From the parking area, descend an obvious dirt footpath to a small stream, cross the stream, and walk maybe 100 feet up the hill to the Fountain of Youth.

The Roman-inspired stonework on the front of the Fountain of Youth, north of Pittsburgh.
The Roman-inspired stonework from the 1930s is still in great shape.

History of the Fountain of Youth Near Pittsburgh

Built in the late 1930s by the Work Progress Administration (a Great-Depression era program that provided jobs and income to unemployed Americans), the Fountain of Youth was designed to be a replica of a Roman spring house.

The 1939 construction date of the Fountain of Youth in Allegheny County, north of Pittsburgh.
The 1939 construction date of the Fountain of Youth in Allegheny County, north of Pittsburgh.

Published reports suggest that it was a popular source for locals to get water until 1955, when the water was deemed unfit for human consumption due to high bacteria levels.

The spring inside the Fountain of Youth at North Park, north of Pittsburgh.
Water still accumulates inside the 1930s spring house.

Standing inside the Fountain of Youth, you can see where the pump that once existed inside the spring house has been removed, to discourage people from drawing water from the spring.

Standing inside the Fountain of Youth springhouse in Allegheny County, north of Pittsburgh.
Standing inside the abandoned spring house in Allegheny County, north of Pittsburgh, where the former pump has been removed to discourage consumption of the water.

Final Thoughts

Sadly, you’re no closer to achieving eternal youth that was Ponce de Leon in the 1500s.

The Fountain of Youth at Allegheny County's North Park, just outside Pittsburgh.
The Fountain of Youth at Allegheny County’s North Park,

Nevertheless, the Fountain of Youth is an interesting (albeit neglected) roadside attraction just north of Pittsburgh, and certainly worth a few minutes of your time if passing through the area.


Nearby Attractions

Something else that is worth your time is The Best Waterfalls Near Pittsburgh Road Trip!

A roadmap to the best waterfalls near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This epic 358 mile round-trip road trip takes you to some of the best waterfalls near Pittsburgh.

A summer morning at Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County.
A summer morning at Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County.

Also north of Pittsburgh you’ll find McConnells Mill State Park, home to miles of hiking, scenic overlooks, and a historic covered bridge and grist mill.

McConnells Mill Covered Bridge in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
McConnells Mill Covered Bridge in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.

Also be sure to check out the Roadside Attractions page here on PA Bucket List to discover even more quirky destinations along Pennsylvania’s highways and backroads.

Standing in front of the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse in Tionesta PA
Standing in front of the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse in Tionesta, PA.

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