MacRitchie Reservoir

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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,781 contributions
A loop consisting of earth trail and boardwalk by the water edge
Oct 2021
I walked earth trail of Lornie Nature Trail and then followed by the Chemperai Boardwalk to make a loop walk. I noticed two plants growing along the edge of the water next to the boardwalk. They are the tiny pink flowers of the Stream Bog Moss and the Pipewort. This is a lovely walk just under 1 hour.
Written October 13, 2021
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,781 contributions
An educational walk
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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Sheryl_Lim
16 contributions
Peaceful waterside place
Nov 2020
Though it has been filled with joggers and walkers in mornings and evenings, but the reservoir always maintains its calmness and peacefulness.
Written December 19, 2020
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Ting Yi
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
Good old cross country path!
Sep 2020
Went here recently after a long time of absence! still as beautiful and preserved as it was 10 years ago!
Written September 29, 2020
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KP Wong-Sg
Singapore, Singapore204 contributions
Refreshing beauty
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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JeffLeong
Singapore, Singapore3,326 contributions
Enjoying nature!
Aug 2020
The silver lining of Covid-19 is the lack of crowds at MacRitchie Reservoir. It is almost like having the park to yourself and a few others. The prevailing cool weather brought about by occasional rains has made our visit to the park even more pleasurable.

We visited in the late afternoon to catch the changing atmosphere from day to night. We shared the park with a few families, joggers, dog walkers and a few groups of young adults. Everyone seemed to enjoy the tranquility of the park. It was lovely to watch the setting sun casts its amber colours across the shimmering water and darkens the trees around the reservoir.

We stayed until 7.45pm when the last light in the sky has receded. The park was almost empty by this time. A lovely outing indeed.
Written September 12, 2020
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nicholasw329
Singapore, Singapore107 contributions
Walk into the Heart of a Tropical Forest in 2 mins...literally!
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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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,781 contributions
Hike from MacRitchie Reservoir to Dairy Farm Nature Park
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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Lingual T
Singapore, Singapore15 contributions
One of the few places in Singapore that gives you a decent hike.
Jan 2020
Even the shortest journey is about 2 hours long to cover your way in and out. About 9km. One of the few accessible places in Singapore to get in touch with nature.
Written July 28, 2020
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Reservoir visit
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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