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Central Catchment Nature Reserve
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  1. Some trails and features around MacRitchie in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve will be temporarily closed to facilitate the semi finals of the international XPRIZE Rainforest competition on the following dates: 27-28 May, 3-12 June 2023. Click here for more info.
  2. The Shinto Shrine (Syonan Jinja) is located within a core nature conservation area of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. This area is closed to the public. There are no designated trails to the Shrine. For their own safety, visitors should stay on the designated trails to avoid becoming lost in the forest.  This nature reserve is home to numerous species of endangered native flora and fauna. Human activity in this area can affect animal movement, or result in trampling on endangered plant saplings. Entering or leaving any part of a nature reserve which is closed is an offence under the Parks and Trees Regulations which carries a penalty of a fine of up to $2,000. We seek your co-operation to stay on the designated trails. If you are interested to find out more about the Shinto Shrine, please visit the site marker located at the junction of Adam Road and Sime Road. 
  3. Some sections of the Lornie Trail will undergo upgrading works from 22 May 2023 to 1 June 2023 and 13 June 2023 to 24 June 2023. Please stay clear of the barricaded areas along the Trail and proceed with caution. For more information click here.


Organised group activities (including learning journeys and hiking)

  • For organised group activities to our nature reserves and nature parks, an application is needed. For more information click here.


Notice for Usage of Event Spaces:

  • The usage of event spaces at MacRitchie Reservoir Park and Lornie Trail (Reservoir Deck, Reservoir Vista and Lawn@Paddle Lodge) is under PUB. Interested parties can find out more here.

Things To Do

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    The Eco-Link@BKE is an ecological bridge that spans the Bukit Timah Expressway, connecting Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve. The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, its main purpose is to restore the ecological connection between two nature reserves, allowing wildlife to expand their habitat, genetic pool and survival chances.

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    Visit the TreeTop Walk

    If you are at MacRitichie Reservoir Park, a place to visit is the TreeTop Walk! It is the highlight of several long hiking routes in MacRitchie, bringing you through different stages of mature secondary forest and offers a bird's eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy.

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    Hiking & Nature Appreciation

    Please refer to the Important Notice above for updates regarding our hiking permit application.

  • Photography in the park


    Enter the nature reserves and you will be wowed by the amazing biodiversity within. Stroll along the boardwalks and observe the wildlife with a careful eye and quiet demeanour, and you might just be able to capture a few good shots.

  • Bird Watching

    Birds are hidden treasures of the nature reserve. Armed with a pair of keen eyes and binoculars, you will be pleasantly surprised by the number of species you can spot along the trails. TreeTop Walk and Jelutong Tower are great spots for bird-watching.

  • Trail Etiquette

    On your journey of discovery, remember some simple tips to help make park visits enjoyable for everyone.

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    MacRitchie Trails

    The MacRitchie Trails are a 20-kilometre network of trails and boardwalks winding through the forest around the MacRitchie Reservoir. Key attractions of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve include the TreeTop Walk, a 250-metre suspension bridge that connects the two highest points in MacRitchie and the Jelutong Tower, a 7-deck observation tower that allows visitors an unimpeded overview of the forest in MacRitchie.

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    A Guide to Walking Trail at the TreeTop Walk

    - Bird's-eye view of the forest with its tall and large forest trees that rise above the canopy
    - A close encounter with interesting plants along the trail
    - Sights of native creatures of the forest like the Clouded Monitor Lizard, Common Sun Skink, and Plantain Squirrel
    - Glimpses of native birds like the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Pin-striped Tit-babbler, and Olive-winged Bulbul

    Walking time: 3 - 4hrs

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    A Guide to Chemperai Trails

    - Panoramic views of the reservoir against the backdrop of dense rainforest
    - Thriving dragonfly and damselfly communities
    - An easy trail that skirts the edge of the reservoir

    Walking time: 1 hour

  • Prunus Trail

    A Guide to Prunus Trail

    - Close encounter with interesting trees and plants
    - Possible sights of native creatures of the forest
    - Beautiful views of the reservoir against the backdrop of dense rainforest

    Walking time: 1hr

  • Volunteering

    Keen to be part of our biodiversity conservation efforts? Translate your passion into action and sign up as a Central Nature Reserve volunteer!

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Last updated on 01 June 2023

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