MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12,931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
One of the most scenic trail in Singapore is the Prunus-Petai Trail. The boardwalk trail skirts the edge of the water on one side and the forest on the other. The water appears turquoise at most time. Early in the morning, one can see the straight beam of the sunlight streaming through the forest. There is a hut with seat for comtemplation along the trail while there are other platforms with seats for lookout. I enjoyed learning more about nature from the numerous information boards along the way such as rusting of the leaves ( a common sight ) being due to the growth of a type of algae on the leaves. It may prevent the leaves from absorbing sunlight for photosynthesis.
I also noticed many leaf litter plants and fan palms along the way.
As it is a short trail of only about 2 km, the exit leads to the MacRitchie Nature Trail, an earth trail with its undulating path.
Some two kilometres from the starting point of the MacRitchie Nature Trail, there are many brown Keruing leaves on the ground indicating that elements of the primary forests have returned. Besides the dipterocarps, there are other plant species of the primary forest such as Dysoxylum cauliflorum with their fascinating fruits. Its 3–5-chambered red fruit is top-shaped and develops either solitarily or in clusters from the trunk.

When the British colonists arrived in 1819 followed by the immigrant settlers, much of the primary rainforest in this area were felled to make way for the cash crops such as gambier and rubber. However these cash crop were abandoned as the years passed.

With the abundant rainfall on the island, the forest soon grew back and became impenetrable with the tangle of undergrowth characteristic of secondary forest. These secondary forest surrounds MacRitchie Reservoir today. At the entrance of the trail near the Little Sisters of the Poor, a few rubber trees can be spotted and they immediately betray this forest's past. The ground are often littered with the rubber seeds around here. It is possible to find the intact rubber fruit containing the three seeds before it opens by explosion.
Written May 8, 2021
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
I tried the "Coast to Coast" walk in May, or at least half of it, starting from Ang Mo Kio and walking to Jurong Lake Garden. Macritchie Reservoir was one of the stops along the way. Although I've been here many times before, it was still good to see it again.
Written June 22, 2020
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12,931 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I started at the trail beside the Island Country Club along Adam Road to shorten the walk. A longer hike would involve starting from entrance of MacRitchie Reservoir.
From here, it is about 2.5 km to Jelutong Tower and this stretch of the trail is most scenic especially along Golf Link. There is also a boardwalk along the way.
After Jelutong Tower, there is a sign post at the fork indicating the way to Bukit Timah Hill or to the Tree Top.
After crossing a stream by stepping on the stones, one can hear sound of rapid water quite near to the sign post pointing the way to Bukit Timah Hill. The path ahead is undulating and the soil is reddish in colour. The end of this Rifle Range Link leads to Rifle Range Road. After 10-15 mins walk along the road (there are very few cars here), one walk along the Rifle Range Flyover. Ahead is a clearly shown path to connect to either Bukit Timah Hill via the Catchment Path or onwards to Diary Farm. The path along the wide open field is scenic and easy to do. I took about 1.5 hour to reach Diary Farm Nature Park.
Written August 27, 2020
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Ginnyleeinwonderland
Hai Phong, Vietnam359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I can't believe they call it a park. It was a huge area if you want to enjoy nature, the forest inside the city. When I first saw it, I knew I would love it very much. It was calm and fresh. You could learn a lot about nature, different kinds of trees, wild animals and see money hang around there. The tree top walk was amazing. It was the long bridge, from there you could see the whole area and the lake from far away. The view from there was magnificent. If you like hiking, it's your place for sure. I think I took long hard route because it took me about 4 hours to walk all the way around. The area beside Golf link with the lake was really calm, when I was there, many people were hanging around and it was fun. Walking in the forest was another amazing experience, too. All the way up and down, follow small paths.
Written February 17, 2020
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KP Wong-Sg
Singapore, Singapore273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
A place that accommodates activities for family, friends or self - walking, picnics, exercise, canoeing.. but no pets or vehicles on wheels are allowed.
The forest trails & boardwalks loop around the waterbody.. so there is flexibility of a short walk to a 4.hour walk. On wetter days, we can skip the forest trails & stick to the boardwalks.
Dont carry plastic bags coz they excite the wild macaques. Not a good idea to eat in the huts in forested areas.
Water coolers & toilets r found midway - abt 5km fr the main entrances.
Written September 15, 2020
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Jo Thomson
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This a beautiful rainforest walk. We spent 4 hours walking. There are different trails. We did all of them. There are short trails that are entirely on the boardwalk. The rest are on a cleared path. The tree top walk is amazing. You cross a suspended bridge.
There are monkeys everywhere. Beware, they will grab a plastic bag if they see it. One climbed up my daughter's leg when she stopped to take a photo! . Once past the boardwalk, there are fewer monkeys to be seen.
We also saw turtles, water monitors, birds, squirrels. The rainforest is a peaceful piece of paradise with beautiful birdsong. There is a Cafe at the start. You can also kayak. This is a must do if you enjoy nature walks. Make sure you have decent walking shoes. Much of the walk is in the shade. There are a couple of ranger stations on the way to refill water bottles and toilet stops. Do not carry plastic bags even in back pack. A monkey jumped on my backpack and unzipped it, taking out the contents. I tried to take the plastic from it but it bared its teeth. I picked up plastic bag remnants and juice bottles on the walk so it obviously happens often.
Written July 24, 2022
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nicholasw329
Singapore, Singapore96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Was getting bored of being cooped up in the lock down and since it was legal to exercise, I went for a 5 km run (more walk at age 51+) at MacRitchie after 30 odd years. Did the route I remembered at school's cross-country runs - it's changed a bit with not access to SICC golf course, now fenced up to runners. It was tranquil and so so beautiful. I forgot how peaceful it was there. Now with traffic diverted to further away at Lornie Highway, it's so much nicer. It was dusk and the sun was going down over the water around the boardwalk. Literally 2 mins from the main gathering area and car park, I was deep in the jungle overgrowth and stunning tree canopies with just a mud and gravel path to run on. Hope the authorities with preserve this Nature Reserve!
Written September 7, 2020
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Andi
Singapore, Singapore79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
Walked through all the trails. Overall enjoyable. It’s nice to be with nature and stop think about things for a while. I think it’d be much more enjoyable alone. Safe, map is clear, you won’t get lost, and if you do just ask other hikers.
Written December 27, 2021
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ymt888
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia1,819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The area is really nice and calming and if you are just walking around the reservoir area, it is very easy to walk around. Parking area is nice too. Did not have the opportunity to do the hike and would like to do so the next time.
Written February 16, 2020
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A J
Singapore17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
good place with family, friends outing. good man-made nature to watch out. depending your timings, you can spend, a complete day here. following tips might be useful to you.
1. you've 3 route options. so decide 1st what you want to do and then take appropriate entry.
2. for 1st time visitor's, theres food court at entry. it provides good map. then you can decide your route.
3. for tree top walking, you need to take different entry point, ..... from island country club road. lornie road access will lead to 11km walking to tree top point.
4. weather is unpredictible. so keep plenty of water with you.
5. you can found monkeys at food court. so be careful, when having food at that food court. even while walking on trail road, you may get chance to see some of monkey. dont feed them, even though they are harmless.
6. authorities preserved the nature. so keep plastic bags with you, for any rubbish.
7. do not create noise pollution by switching-on music.
8. give way to runner's/jogger's.
9. enjoy water sports, beautiful landscape and wild-life. carry a good camera, to capture the moments.

lastly, listen nature's silence.
Written April 1, 2013
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