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Walking The Brick Reservoir In Brick NJ
If you’ve ever passed Brick while driving South on the Garden State Parkway, you’ve probaby noticed the Brick Reservoir. As I decided to start walking for exercise a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would also be interesting to walk at different locations, to keep things fresh. I’d passed by the Reservoir but had never actually gone there so that seemed like a good location to begin with.
The Brick Reservoir, which opened in May 2005, is a 120-acre site containing a reservoir that is a source of municipal water. This manmade reservoir draws its water from the Metedeconk River watershed. According to the BTMUA website, the reservoir holds approximately one billion gallons and has a water surface of approximately 90 acres.
The Brick Reservoir seemed very well kept. There is a path that goes around the entire reservoir that measures 1.6 miles in length and has measurements placed at intervals. The path is pretty flat, with no steep hills to give me trouble.
The entire area is well lit so if walking around dawn or dusk you’ll feel more secure. The property is neatly manicured, with lots of trees and other plantings.
I really appreciated finding water stations located at different points around the reservoir, complete with jugs of water and paper cups. There are gazebos, benches, chairs where you can relax. There’s a building with restrooms on one end. There’s several porta-johns on the other end, including one large one providing family or wheelchair access. The porta-johns were surprisingly clean.
There was something that really surprised me. The property does allow you to bring a leashed dog to walk. There are even stations located around the reservoir offering bags to pick up your pet’s poop. I think that’s great. But, what surprised me was that bicycles are not allowed. That didn’t make a lot of sense to me, as a bike wouldn’t have any impact on the environment that I know of.
I’ve walked at the reservoir a couple of times now. My favorite time to walk is early in the morning before it gets hot. The reservoir does get hot later in the day, because there is so much sun and not much shade. The view of the water and nature around you is very pleasant to look at, and you simply cannot beat having access to bathrooms. The reservoir offers a clean and quiet alternative to the noisy, crowded boardwalks during the summer. If you’re in the Brick area and want to walk, the Brick Reservoir is definitely worth checking out.
The Brick Reservoir is free to visit. The reservoir is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is also open on Mondays during the spring and summer months. the reservoir will be subject to periods of closure during the winter season due to inclement weather. The reservoir is not open on any Federal or State holidays. The hours of operation are 6:30 am to 9:00 pm from March 1 – October 31 and 6:30 am to 6:00 pm from November 1 – February 28/29.
The reservoir can be accessed through one of its two parking lots.
The Herbertsville parking lot is located at 811 Herbertsville Road, Brick NJ 08724
The Wall parking lot is located at 2429 Metedeconk Road, Allenwood NJ.