MacRitchie Reservoir Park serves as a gateway to the nature reserves. It has become a popular spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts. It is also a great place for morning and evening walks or strolls along the water's edge. MacRitchie Reservoir Park now boasts a green two-storey carpark with 300 parking lots. Its upper deck collects rainwater and channels them into a bioswale. Bioswales are landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. The reservoir also has an amenities centre equipped with toilets, showering facilities, lockers, drinking fountains and a food kiosk. Our reservoir deck is an ideal venue for warm-ups and for holding events like cross-country. Being a popular venue for water activities, it also has a newly improved pontoon for kayakers and our upgraded canoe shed will be ready by mid-2011. MacRitchie Reservoir is one of the four reservoirs that bound the nature reserves. Other reservoirs include Lower Peirce Reservoir, Upper Peirce Reservoir and Upper Seletar Reservoir. Serving as water catchment areas, forests surrounding these reservoirs are protected from agriculture activities in order to ensure the quality of water.
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And there are showers!
An amazing place.
MacRitchie Reservoir provides relief from the pace of Singapore. Even just a visit to the park headquarters’ facilities in the delightful park off Lornie Road is pleasant. A gentle walk along board walks to the west or around the dam wall to the north is fine.
But the real adventure lies in the 11 km walk around the Reservoir. You have a choice of boardwalk or a path through the forest when you start in both directions: east or north. Both are attractive, though if you take the boardwalk you add a kilometer and a half to the total distance.
Once you leave the boardwalks, the paths that run parallel to Lornie or Upper Thomson Roads are cleverly designed so that, while you know that you are wandering through forest paths only meters from residential areas, you are relatively unaware that they are there! Birds, monkeys, squirrels, other wildlife - no matter how many times I go I see many and it is always a delight.
From the cool boardwalks round the southern and easier reaches of the lake through the several kilometers of shaded forest paths, a couple of hours relaxing amongst greenery helps maintain balance from the harassment of Orchard Road where the real wild life lives!
There is a useful halfway point where the rangers have their base and where there are toilets and drinking water. Every kilometer or so shelters provide relief from either your exhaustion or the rain. The boardwalks also have plenty of seats at short intervals to allow you to just sit and enjoy the lakes.
The famed tree top walk is hardly a must. It crosses a ravine about midway on the round trip. It is one way, and, in true Singapore style has a guard to make sure you don’t double back! You can catch glimpses of Lower and Upper Pierce reservoirs to the north, and look down with a feeling of superiority on to the treetops below. Then continue on down an incredible series of wooden steps. Here are at least a couple of hundred. I started to count them but lost count half way down as I was distracted by the birds and wild life. I mean it. Monkeys. Squirrels. Monitors. Snakes. Birds in abundance. All I know is that I a, glad the path is one way, and that is down!
You can take two hours to do the main circuit from main entrance, or go even further afield and walk up to Lower Pearce reservoir, west to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or even take three hours to reach Chua Chiu Kang.
If you like walking, and you like water and you like forests and you like the feeling of being amongst nature, it is worth visiting.
Great place for Nature Lovers and Sports Enthusiasts
MacRitchie reservoir Park is a lovely place for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts to spend the day enjoying the scenery or running alongthe jogging paths lined by luxurious nature. During my first time there, I was amazed by the extent of greenery that Singapore still has despite being a concrete jungle.
There are a number of different trails to choose from depending on how long you wish to walk and the difficulty level of trail differs as well (this is indicated on the notice boards within the park). The shortest one is already quite tiring and takes around 2 hours in each direction. However, you will be treated to an amazing view of the reservoir water body if you walk along the boardwalk, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of nature by walking through the trail within the forest.
You will be able to observe the long-tailed macaques on almost every occasion when you visit the reservoir as there are a substantial number of family groups living there. Once, my and friends and I saw them taking turns jumping into the pond at the entrance! It was indeed a fascinating sight to behold.
Remember to put lots of insect repellent and bring an umbrella for there are plenty of mosquitoes around and Singapore’s weather can be quite unpredictable as well. If there is rain, the points of shelter may be too far away from your location to reach quickly. Also don't forget to hydrate along the way!
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A Central Oasis
MacRitchie Reservoir Park is home to Singapore’s oldest reservoir, as well as a variety of wildlife like birds, butterflies and monkeys. Located along the bustling Lornie Road, MacRitchie is an oasis of calm in central Singapore.
I enjoy running at MacRitchie Reservoir- you can either run along the boardwalk, or head to the forest trails which provide a bigger challenge for runners. I find that the rocky terrain provides an extra edge to a regular run, and the slopes definitely help to build up your stamina. The park is also home to the Tree Top Walk, which are several hiking routes that take you through the trees and allow you to immerse yourself in nature. It’s also excellent for building up your leg muscles, as a round trip of the Tree Top Walk adds up to almost 10km. I like going for the Tree Top Walk after a particularly ridiculous bout of feasting, like after all the Christmas treats or dinner at my grandmother's. It lessens the guilt.
However, if you do go to MacRitchie, it’s best to travel light, bring a water bottle, and avoid carrying any food with you. If you do have to take food with you, make sure you’re not carrying it in your hand, as the monkeys can be vicious if they spot food they want, so avoid any primate encounters. They are generally calm creatures, so if you run into one, just walk past and avoid aggravating it- you should be fine.
Peaceful Place to Run
Wow, writing about MacRitchie Reservoir Park brings back memories from days in junior college. Our annual cross country was held there and I remember being rather scared of tripping over all the branches and leaves that were strewn all over the pathway.
Nonetheless, there was something about the atmosphere at MacRitchie that made running seem less laborious. The atmosphere was calm and serene, I didn't have a hard time making my way through the park. I'm the kind of person who needs a good surrounding to immerse myself in while running so MacRitchie is one of the places I would definitely recommend to those who feel the same way.
Although I don't frequent MacRitchie anymore because I don't live near that area, I hope that one day I'll be able to run there again.
MacRitchie is a fantastic place to run. It brings me back to those days where my secondary school would hold their annual cross-country run there. Everyone who passed their 2.4km were forced to go through the 4.8km trail through MacRitchie's dirt road. I mean, we complain and all but no one can deny the fact that running through the forest brings about a certain peace you do not get while being in the city.
If you actually get to the reservoir itself, they added a broadwalk in recent times which makes it easier to walk along the waters without getting your feet dirty. The best part these days? The treetop walk that was added in 2004 which hovers 25m above the forest floor and offers a spectacular view of the surroundings. Definitely a place to go to for a morning or afternoon walk.
A respite from the conrete jungle
MacRitchie is a fantastic place for all runners, whether you are leisure or competitive. Having trained there for 6 years, MacRitchie offers countless routes of varying distance. All you need is a pair of good running shoes and you will be able to start exploring.
In fact, you can venture all the way to place such as Dairy Farm or Bukit Timah Road. However, do be conscious of your own fitness and plan your water stops well. For those looking for a lighter activity, look no further than the Treetop Walk. It is a 5km distance from the Northern Route, the side with canoeing activity. Boardwalks also allow visitors to get closer to nature and do not be alarmed by monkeys and reptiles.
The exterior of MacRitchie has improved greatly over the years and is cleaner and more presentable. The facilities are excellent after the upgrade and the multi-storey car park keeps everyone on weekends. It is the perfect place to escape from our concrete jungle.
One of the nicer parks in Singapore
I usually go jogging in MacRitchie on weekends where there are many people exercising as well. It is enjoyable to run there as there is alot of greenery and the pathways are wide enough. I have started off from the MacRitchie Reservoir and walked all the way to the Treetop Walk - which is quite a distance away. If you're lucky, you might be able to spot some mischievous monkeys! Just be careful with your belongings especially food as the monkeys are no strangers to humans and do not seem to be afraid.
The toilets there are pretty decent - not that smelly, there's toilet paper, the flush is working. You can take a shower there as well.
There is a alfresco cafe there which serves snacks, beverages and meals. Great for an after-workout meal!
There are not many places in SIngapore for people to go trekking. Macritchie Reservoir is a place not to be missed. Find a group of friends to hike with you as you will really get tired and bored half way through with no one to cheer you on. Plus, it is a great way to bond with your friends.
Be prepared to trek for at least 2 hours. People like me who are not so used to trekking might want to dress comfortably and bring along friends who are more fit. They can help you along the way. For more adventurous trekkers, there are actually more challenging routes.
I advise trekkers to bring lots of water and maybe pack some food so that you can eat a little on the way or when you come back down. You need the energy. Furthermore, you can take your time when you reach the top at the treetop walk and have a break at a nearby tower. Beware of monkeys though! They might want to steal a bite from you.
"Interacting" with the Monkeys!
I was amused by the scenic view the time I arrived at the park. To me, the view was pretty much a mural. Looking at the reflections of trees on the water across the reservoir and cloudy blue sky, it triggered the little photography genes in me, causing me to stop for a little too long snapping pictures away with my phone.
There are many trails available for us to choose from and being adventurous, my friends and I chose the longest route. We had bought Macdonalds takeaways for our lunch and we were munching on our burgers happily, ignorant of our surroundings. Just as we were approaching the entrance of the route, we were suddenly greeted with a huge bunch of excited monkeys (I think they are long-tail macaques), coming straight at us! That moment was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We girls quickly keep our food into our bags. At the same time, the boys started running and trying their best to force the burger into their mouth with the monkeys chasing them! What a sight! Fortunately, the monkeys stopped their chase once the food were out of their sight.
As we started our hike with such an amazing entrance, the remaining journey was quite uneventful. There are different flowers and trees we saw, but the best part was getting close to the greenery and enjoying the fresh air (apart from one inconsiderate man smoking at one point). The journey through the thick greens was very relaxing and a great opportunity for friends to chat while doing a small workout!
We still get lots of mosquito bites despite spamming whole bottle of insect repellent as we hike. So do remember to get a good brand of repellent. As the air can get a little humid at some point, do wear thinly and drink lots of water.
But I think all the perspiration is still worth it.
MacRitchie Reservoir Park has been a favorite place of mine to go jogging or to take a walk other than the oaks near my house. It is peaceful and a good place to jog with the tracks that are already there. It is also a good place to relax your mind after a day at work or school, as you can walk at the path that are built in the park.
However, since there are so many trees there, you might end to get mosquito bites so do spray some insect repellent before going there. I think it is better to go during daytime instead of nighttime since it might get a little dangerous.
Closer to nature...
The revamped Macritchie Reservoir Park is miles ahead of its predecessor in terms of family fun and nature-wise. While the old park conjured images of a dark and dreary place, the new park is an epitome of modernization while keeping nature close by.
There's a new cafe now which sells good food, a spacious bathing and changing area. A kayak rental place has also sprouted up, proving popular with youths. I love the way the trails wind deep into the heart of Macritchie and are easily accessible to exits and roads. Cyclists, joggers and trekkers regularly go by as well as couples looking to get away from the hustle and noise of the city.
I love visiting Macritchie Reservoir, though I wouldn't recommend staying there alone after dark. The eeriness tends to creep up on you.
Charming place, not only for jogging.
If you are planning on doing some exercise especially in the wee hours, I suggest that you consider MacRitchie Reservoir. The view at MacRitchie Resorvoir is magnificent, where the morning sun's reflection hits the calm waters of the pond, and where the morning dew refreshes you!
Many people prefer to walk along the paved walkways at the Reservoir. However, if you are bringing a partner, I suggest you take a walk along the muddy trails within the small 'forests' (don't worry, students use those trails for Cross Country runs). If you're a cyclist, may I also suggest that you take a ride through these trails, which are extremely exciting. Make sure you have a partner with you though!
Although not as reputable as East Coast Park, MacRitchie Reservoir is still the best park for adventure-seekers!