Hartford Reservoir Number 1

West Hartford, Connecticut
Nestled in the heart of West Hartford, Connecticut, the serene beauty of the 27-acre Hartford Reservoir Number 1 awaits discovery by walkers and photographers.
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Nestled in the heart of West Hartford, Connecticut, the serene beauty of Hartford Reservoir Number 1 awaits discovery. This enchanting oasis spans 27 acres and offers a tranquil escape from the bustle of city life.

The reservoir’s picturesque setting is defined by a blend of natural elements. To the east, it is gently embraced by Farmington Avenue, while the western shoreline is adorned with majestic trees that provide a serene backdrop to the glistening waters. At the heart of this aquatic sanctuary, a charming square pump house stands as a testament to the area’s rustic allure, with a quaint bridge leading the way.

Hartford Reservoir Number 1 is just one of six reservoirs in West Hartford, each serving as the cornerstone of The Metropolitan District of Connecticut’s water treatment facilities. Encircled by approximately 3,000 acres of pristine woodlands and scenic trails, these reservoirs are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hikers, bikers, walkers, and photographers alike are drawn to these natural wonders, each offering a unique opportunity to connect with nature and capture its beauty. Dogs are welcome to join on walks around the reservoirs, but they must be controlled and on leashes. Protecting the water quality is the top priority, so owners must pick up after their dogs.

For those seeking a moment of respite or a chance to immerse themselves in the tranquility of Hartford Reservoir Number 1, this hidden gem should not be missed. Accessible via a short walk within the MDC Reservoir Park, visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty and serene ambiance that define this lovely reservoir. Parking is a breeze, with a generously-sized lot accommodating up to 100 cars just off Farmington Avenue, and the best part is that it’s entirely free.

Whether you’re an avid hiker, a leisurely stroller, or simply someone seeking solace amidst nature’s embrace, Hartford Reservoir Number 1 beckons with its timeless charm and serene waters, promising a delightful escape from the ordinary.


Address: Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut
Place GPS Coordinates: 41.751500, -72.776139
Parking GPS Coordinates: 41.751500, -72.776139
Parking Notes: There is a large parking lot that holds about 100 cars off Farmington Ave within the MDC Reservoir Park. There is no designated parking for Hartford Reservoir Number 1, so it does take a short walk to get to it. Parking is free.

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