Mount Hope Reservoir offers spot to work off unwanted calories


I travel Route 46 fairly often heading north to the city of Oneida. It turns out that less than a mile from the state highway on Mount Hope Avenue is a historic reservoir that is part of the city’s park system.

I know this isn’t specifically food related, but anyone who loves to eat out also needs to get their exercise. This 65-acre park is called Mount Hope Reservoir, and it is open from dawn to dusk. 

The dark green waters are surrounded by a nice walking path that has a bridge that allows for a full loop around the long-disused reservoir.

My friends on Wikipedia say that the reservoir was developed between 1883 and 1906 and served as the original source of water for drinking, fire protection, and industrial needs for Oneida. It was all but abandoned by the city in 1979 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Tuck the dog and I followed the foot path around the reservoir last Saturday. Just a few families were out on the path. I discovered trillium along the banks of the southern shore, and Tuck discovered all kinds of things to keep him very happy.

Here are some photos:

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5 thoughts on “Mount Hope Reservoir offers spot to work off unwanted calories

  1. I’m pleased you will take the time to take pictures and share them wih all of us.Never heard of the park and it sounds wonderful. thanks

  2. In the 50’s and 60’s it was used as the area swimming place. You had to pass a swimming test to use the deep end, age test too. I could do the swimming part before I was old enough so we sewed my brother’s extra patch on my suit.

    • Nice. I read that it was a great swimming hole at one time. The water still looked inviting although the temperatures were a different story!

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