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10 Places for hiking in Singapore

 
  • Singapore has much more than just a pretty albeit stunning skyline to offer. When you think of Singapore, you’ll visualize a bustling modern city, densely packed with office towers, shopping malls, and condominiums. Offering much more than that, Singapore’s beauty lies in it’s juxtaposition of crowded streets and ultra-modern city life with it’s abundant greenery and nature’s best. Featuring some of the best trails, hiking in Singapore isn’t as far-fetched as you’d think it would be.
    Get up close and personal with nature and greenery when you embark on any one of the walking or cycling trails in the many numerous parks, gardens and reserves Singapore has to offer. Several trails wind through many nature reserves filled with greenery and secondary forests so that you can get up close to nature.

    Set against the backdrop of majestic heritage and native trees, most trails provide excellent opportunities for spotting large numbers of biodiversity and hundreds of bird species. Be it a long seamless walk on a meandering chain of hills and parks, a rustic experience off mainland Singapore or cycling along green belts in the great outdoors, Hiking in Singapore is very accessible to you. 

    Here are some Places for Hikng in Singapore:

  • 01South Ridge Hike

    Image Credit : Eustaquio Santimano-Flickr
    Are you planning for a ‘out of the box’ family outing and ready for some physical activity? Then you are on the right trackbecause South Ridge hike is a 10 km walking trail meandering through open greeneries, not so steep tracks that connect Mt. Faber Park, Kent Ridge Park, Hort Park, TelokBlangah Hill Park and Labrador Nature reserve. It is one of the best places to view the panoramic landscape of the Singapore City, the harbour and the Southern ridges adorned with captivating blanket of plants and flowers.

    Highlights: An exciting alternative for adventurous sports enthusiast and for photographers. Watch out for the Henderson Waves, the highest pedestrian bridge hanging 36 meters above Henderson Road. Also enjoy a peaceful walk through Canopy trees, AdinandraBelukur Forest and Berleyar Creek at the Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk.

    Image Credits : tbSMITH-Flickr



     Location: Southern Singapore.

     Difficulty Level: Medium
  • 02Fort Canning Park

    Image Credit : KnitSpirit-Flickr
    If you are looking for a hiking trail enclosed with in a rustic environment in Singapore then you should choose Fort Canning as your hiking destination. Fort Canning Park is a very small hillock that is just right for a quick and easy hike up the hill. It is located in the heart of the city, yet steals you away from the hustle bustle to an iconic history which displays significant past of Singapore. The trails are strewn with over grown bushes, wet mud and the walls are damp and quaint reminding you of the age of this place.

    Highlights: Today Fort Canning is a recreational centre where live concerts, theatres and other activities take place. The park also has DIY guides that make your hike easier. There are 4 different trails but they are all connected to each other.

    Image Credits : chriskay-Flickr



    Location: River Valley Road.

     Difficulty Level: Easy.

     Park timing: 7am to 7 pm
  • 03Tree-Top Walk At MacRitchie Reservoir

    Image Credit : Eustaquio Santimano
    One of the most popular destination for the nature lovers, nature walkers and runners, this beautiful part at the heart of Singapore is a must visit destination. Constructed in 1867, this reservoir has 250 metre aerial treetop walk through suspension bridge between two highest points, Bukit Pierce and Bukit Kalang.

    It is about 25 m above the ground with clear visuals making it feel closer to nature. The sight of forest birds, long tailed macaques, colugos all becomes splendidly clear along with the panoramic view of Upper Perce Reservoir. More than 80 kinds of birds and almost 18 types of unique trees can be seen here. An ideal location, to enjoy the beauty of Nature at its best. It’s a 11km walk to the tree point and there’s food available at the entrance.

    Image Credits : tzejen



    Location
    : OffLornie Road, Singapore
  • 04Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

    Image Credit : Steel Wool-Flickr
    Bukit Timah Reserve is perched on top of the highest peak of Singapore, Bukit Timah (163 meters). It is a very small reserve (around 1.5 km stretch), yet preserves 40% of the country’s flora and fauna. In spite of its small size, this national rainforest shelters more species of trees than the North American continent. The only way to reach the top is by trekking, which is fun and adventurous as you will encounter many species of flora and animals on the way up.

    Highlights: Declared in 2011 – ASEAN heritage site; Trek to the Bukit Timah through a steep and slippery trail; dwelling to many native wildlife such as pythons, long tailed macaques which you may see on the way up. There’s also an eco-link, an ecological bridge that connects the Bukit Timah to the Central Catchment reserve.

     

    Image Credits : Steel Wool-Flickr



    Location:Hindhede Dr, Singapore.

    Hours open: 6 am to 7 pm
  • 05Bukit Batok Hill

    Image Credit : Mark爱生活 -Flickr
    A perfect getaway for a hiker who is looking for a moderate yet refreshing trek in Singapore! The trek trail is seton 36 Hectare of park area that connects with a secondary forest. The park has a large quarry, now transformed into a pool, which was used to mine granite in the history. From the top of the hill you would be able to view the quarry pool down. There is also a war memorial on the top that overlooks the park. Just follow the stairs, there’s no proper trail mark.

    Highlights: If you are lucky enough you might encounter few wild acquaintances like monitor lizards, white crested laughing thrushes and monkeys. You can bird watch early in the morning at the bank of the Quarry pools. The meandering trail is encompassed with varieties of trees such as Tree and Elephant ferns, ficus with aerial roots, Durian, Tembusu and mangoes.

    Image Credits : Holiday Point-Flickr



    Location: BakitBatok Park:

    Difficulty Level: Easy

  • 06Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

    Image Credit : alantankenghoe-Flickr
    Food for the soul of a Nature Lover, SungeiBuloh reserve is an ecological site that is a renowned world-wide. The discovery of this Nature Park happened in the year 1984 when a group of birdwatchers from Malayan Nature Society Stumbles upon the place. To experience the true form of this Wetland reserve it is advisable to pack your bags for a day and get away from the chaotic life to this remote world of wilderness.

    Highlights: Learn different art forms such as drawing and painting, the jungle being the backdrop of your art; trekking through mangroves; watch crabs, mud lobsters, water snakes and other wetland animals frantically at work in the mud during the day. Also, observe the age old method of harvesting prawns in the tide.Watch birds migrating to Australia all the way from Serbia during the peak seasons.

     Location: Kranji Way. Also includes Photography, Nature walks and Guided walks.  

    Hours open: 7 am to 7pm

  • 07Mount Serapong

    Mount Serapong also has a nickname, Clement hill, as in the past it was home to Military Installation and Large water reservoirs. The Serapong hill is located in the SentosaIsland and on top of it sits the Serapong Fort, which was built by the British army in 1879. The only reason you would want to climb up the Serapong is to visit the Fort which is definitely worth the tour. The fort has mysterious tunnels, batteries and underground room. It was in full swing during the WWII when it was used as a viewpoint and defence post.

    Highlights: The remains of two gun batteries which were constructed in the early 1800s can still be found, including the Casemates and Magazines. Be sure of your foot because you will see lot of signs indicating danger due to unsuitable ground for hiking. If you like to know about wars and the stories behind it, if you are interested in turrets, guns and abandoned batteries, then a visit to this place is must.

    Location: Sentosa Island.

    Difficulty level: Easy.

    Admission: Free
  • 08Dairy Farm Nature Park

    Dairy Farm Nature Park is meant for mountain biking, and hiking for the fitness enthusiast. If you are a very keen observer of nature, flora and fauna and that what your ultimate desire is, then Dairy Farm Wallace Trail is perfect for you. You will get to know about countryside in the perspective of the famous naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace. You can either pick up your trail from the Wallace Education centre (1km) or go through the longer route (2 km).

    Highlights: You will see a lot of stuff on the hike such as dense forest sheltering the remnants of kampong civilization; Durian trees which is considered the King of fruits in Singapore; Apples, figs and Bracket Fungus; animals like Common Mormon, squirrels etc. and finally the Singapore Quarry, now a wetland habitat viewpoint.

    Location: Dairy Nature Park.

    Hours taken: 1 to 2 hours or more.

    Difficulty level: easy to moderate
  • 09Pulau Ubin’s Puaka Hill

    Image Credit : wikipedia
    There is more to PulauUbin than just the ChekJewa. This offshore island is an adventure in itself where the kampong heritage is still alive. The Puaka hill trek has been shut to the public until recently after it was readied for hiking and walking. The 3- 4 hours hike to Puakahill is tough due to steep and slippery trails. The trek is comprised of rocky terrain and circled with thick growths of wild ferns where the highest peak is reached at 76 meters. There are 4 different routes to reach the peak.

    Highlight: The view at the top is worth the 20 minute steep climb. If you are lucky enough and if the weather is clear then you would be able to view past Changi into the city. However, the absolute sight of the Malaysian border and the glimpse of sun stricken Granite Quarry is definitely a bonus point in the trek.

    Location: PulauUbin Island.

    Difficulty Level: Moderate 
  • 10Keppel Hill Reservoir Trek

    Keppel hill became the talk of the city and a new place to explore when the media published about the recovery of a lost reservoir. And since then, the trek is known as Keppel Hill Reservoir Trek. The hill is also known as mount Faber and supposedly this reservoir provided water to the Singapore city back in 1905. The trek to the reservoir is simple and easy. The route starts from Keppel hill road and goes downwards to a wooded area from which a short trip through meandering forested pathway will take you to the long lost reservoir.

    Highlight: The Reservoir and the rustic and raw landscape around - Since it is a new found trail, the tracks are slippery and covered with aging rough overgrown bushes. Yet, that becomes an added fun to the trek. The reservoir is well hidden due to negligence.

    Location: Keppel Hill.

    Difficulty Level: Easy