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Shihmen Reservoir Trails (石門水庫步道)

Traveler rating:4 148 Reviews

Updated:2020-09-21

Popularity: 3333

Saturday: Open 24 hours a day

Highlights

Time for the outdoors! Hiking and running marathons are amazing activities.

With leaves turning red in autumn, these low-altitude mountains are no less marvelous.

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Who said that hills covered by red maple leaves can only be seen at high altitudes? Shihmen Reservoir is the best spot in northern Taiwan to view maple leaves at low altitude. In autumn and winter, thousands of maple trees turn the hills red with their leaves. Follow the trail and indulge yourself in the beautiful scenery and recover from the soreness from hiking. The amazing scenery is promised to be no less than that of high-altitude mountains.

Enter the park from high line toll station. You will first see tall sweet gums stretching along the way like a green tunnel. Following the circular road, hikers will pass you by on the way. In addition, you will find Dieyuan with some basic playground rides for kids and a pagoda overlooking Shihmen Dam. Here you can switch to the Maple Trail.

Maple trees over 30-years-old become a mix of red, yellow, and green in late autumn. With the butterflies flying around, the beautiful scenery will truly amaze you. At Fulun Pavilion you can enjoy the view of red leaves reflected by Shihmen Reservoir—a scene of serenity. At the stone step trail in Maple Park, you can enjoy the view of green maple forest as well as plum blossom, in autumn and in winter, each of its own character and beauty.

Continuing ahead, after passing by Shihmen Reservoir Monument and Yishange, you will come to Songtai lookout. At the altitude of 270m, you will have an amazingly broad view of the flood spillway and the dam. If you happen to observe the dam recharge, the magnificent view of water flows will surely impress you. Xizhou Park is only 450m away from Pinglin toll station and has a lotus pond, a lovers’ bridge, and a walking trail that follows the landscape. Walking on this trail, you can observe versatile and lush green trees and grass fields. On weekends, many visitors enjoy a relaxing picnic here. In addition to the Maple Trails and Xizhou Park Trail, there are also walking trails in Qiedonglin Park and Nanyuan Ecological Park along which you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Shihmen Reservoir.

When the night falls, Nanyuan Ecological Park uses dimmed lighting cleverly to guide visitors through a magical night trip. The feature pond surrounded by mist and spots of yellow light on the walking trail create the least intrusion to visitors and minimize the impact of lighting to the environment.

In recent years, Shihmen Reservoir is not only a visitors’ favorite in Taoyuan but also a popular spot for sport events. The Taoyuan Half-marathon attracts thousands of runners to the area every year. It is a rare ecological marathon, where runners enjoy the red maple leaves along the track, making it a physical challenge as well as a natural and cultural feast for the eyes. In addition to running, there has also been hiking and biking events, making Shihmen Reservoir a destination for sports and fitness activities.

Information

Opening Hours Sunday: Open 24 hours a day
Monday: Open 24 hours a day
Tuesday: Open 24 hours a day
Wednesday: Open 24 hours a day
Thursday: Open 24 hours a day
Friday: Open 24 hours a day
Saturday: Open 24 hours a day
Charge Free

Facilities

  • Visitor Center
  • Viewing Deck
  • Bus Station
  • Parking Lot
  • Hiking Trail

Remind

■November to December every year is the best time for maple leave watching at the Maple Park and Maple Trail
■January to February is suitable for plum blossom viewing at the Maple Trail.
■February to March is great for cherry blossom viewing at Xizhou Park, Northern Region Water Resources Office, and Shihmen Canal
■March to April is suitable for viewing flowers of Chinese fringe trees at Shihmen Grand Lawn
■The road from high line toll station to Shihmen Reservoir Monument is one-way only.
■Nanyuan Ecological Park has the lights on at 18:00-22:00 (subject to adjustments)

Traffic

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Parking

Shihmen Reservoir Dock parking lot, Amuping parking lot

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler rating:4.0 148 Reviews Write a Review

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  3. 21 Average
  4. 84 Very good
  5. 44 Excellent

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  1. 54 Families
  2. 34 Couples
  3. 11 Solo
  4. 7 Business
  5. 34 Friends
  • fudavidc

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Beautiful as sun moon lake

    Traveler rating:5 2019-04

    We was enjoy the great lunch there, we ride the motorbike to there, it's so comfortable and you can see the all Taoyuan city from top.
  • TravelerKai79

    Traveler type:

    Family

    Iconic old Taiwan landmark for local tourism

    Traveler rating:4 2018-12

    Family of 5 (kids 8, 11, 13), drove there in rental car which is necessary if you want to explore extensively. The entire area is kind of a national park with multiple areas of interest all of which are quite a distance apart and none of which are easily accessible using local transportation. The reservoir's claim to fame is as one of the major national building project in the post-WWII era and thus serves as an iconic symbol for the nation. We just went to the reservoir, but there are many other points of interest near by and you can spent a whole day there to make the most of the entrance fee. It's not a must see by any means, particularly for foreigners who might have seen more impressive reservoirs. But it's a good place to mingle with locals and see how they spend their day off. There are reminders of the Chiang's (old ruling presidential family of Taiwan) in many places, and you might be able to spot some local disdain for them. In general there are plenty of scenic spots throughout and the kids enjoyed exploring. Some areas are not very well guard-railed or separated between pedestrians and automotive traffic so be sure to hold on to the little ones. Pros: scenic, good for local spotting, many areas to explore Cons: safety measures are lacking for pedestrians, difficult to visit without your own car, not well marked particularly for foreigners, local cuisine seem over-hyped
  • 619jeffry

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    The neglected part of Taiwan

    Traveler rating:3 2019-01

    Shimen Reservoir needs some TLC, No one seems to care about it much. The tatty restaurants do nothing to improve the impression of neglect. It's not a lake, it's a reservoir supplying water to Taipei. You're drinking this muddy stuff, look at it and shudder.
  • ROCruiser

    California

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Relaxing Day Out

    Traveler rating:4 2018-04

    I have been here a few times in the past but this time we looked at the dam and the power plant from the other side of the reservoir after our delightful lunch of 'huoyu' (live fish) in Longtan. There are bicyling and walking trails all around this area and it's definitely quite scenic. One can easily spend a whole day exploring this area without even getting up to the top of the dam where most tourists are.
  • 619jeffry

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Favourite day out for local people

    Traveler rating:4 2018-04

    Shimen Dam, to translate, is the Stone Gate Dam. I am often slightly puzzled about why the local people are attracted to the Dam, because it i s not all that scenic and water appears to be quite dirty. I see the Dam just about every time I am in Taiwan,as my cousin lives fairly close to the Dam and takes me there for lunch. The dam supplies water to Taipei City.

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