It goes without saying that Singapore is renowned for its countless man-made structures that are nothing short of beguiling. In fact, if you have just moved to the country, the towering buildings might have been the first things that made an unforgettable first impression. But that’s not the only remarkable thing about Singapore. Besides its prominent buildings, Singapore is home to a surprising amount of greenery. If you have an affinity for nature, visiting the pockets of lush greenery located within the city-state and the surrounding offshore islands. If you want to fully immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Singapore, hiking is one of the best ways to explore these places on foot. Fortunately, Singapore is home to a number of scenic hiking trails that will let you rediscover this concrete jungle from a new perspective. Whether you are an avid hiker or someone who just discovered his/her love for hiking, here are some trails worth exploring.
Best Hiking Trails in Singapore
Dairy Farm Nature Park
The rustic nature park is comprised of multiple trails that are perfect for hiking and biking activities. The 63-hectare plot of land provides visitors with a chance to partake in various recreational activities. The park’s pride and joy is the Wallace Education Centre, which is Singapore’s first field study hub for schools. The former cow shed was transformed into the Wallace Education Centre to accommodate the Wallace Environmental Learning Lab (WELL) as well as an interpretative centre, an exhibit that showcases the changing landscapes of Dairy Farm and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The south-western end of the park is home to the Singapore Quarry, a wetland habitat that comes with a viewing platform that overlooks Singapore’s freshwater flora and fauna. Those with an affinity for nature can acquaint themselves with the native inhabitants of the park, including rare species of dragonflies and “Little Grebe”, a critically endangered species of birds.
Hindhede Nature Park
The picturesque nature park is perfect for a leisurely hike with the family. Situated next to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the Hindhede Nature Park has trails and well-formed footpaths that are ideal for beginner hikers, children and families. The tranquil park offers a serene and quiet atmosphere to indulge in some bird and wildlife watching. Keep your eyes peeled for the clouded monitor lizard, banded woodpecker, and the plantain squirrel as you are traversing along the quiet path. The rich diversity of flora and fauna are so wide that this place has been used by teachers to conduct more insightful and holistic lessons for students. The main draw of this trail is the Instagram-worthy Hindhede Quarry which is located at the end of the park—a wonderful way to end a hike if you ask us.
Chestnut Nature Park
Consisting of a total of 81 hectares, the Chestnut Nature Park is noted to be the largest nature in Singapore. It is essentially comprised of two areas and spilt into the North and the South regions. The park offers a range of recreational activities such as bird watching, mountain biking and hiking. Interestingly enough, it is also the first nature park in the country to have separate hiking and mountain biking trails. The mountain biking trails are perfect for anyone looking to improve or practice their stunts, while the hiking trail, especially the 2.1 km Southern Loop, will take you through alternating terrains and steps. The park comes with essential amenities such as information map boards, shelters, pavilions, toilets, etc. Visitors can also head to a kiosk to rent and each bike as well as grab some grub and snacks.
TreeTop Walk at Macritchie Reservoir
Noted for offering picturesque views, the TreeTop Walk at Macritchie Reservoir is designed to take visitors through the various stages of a mature secondary forest. As the first of its kind in the country, the free-standing suspension bridge links to the two highest points, namely Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang. The TreeTop Walk quite literally provides visitors with a bird’s eye view of the various species of flora and fauna that reside in the forest canopy. With the highest point of the bridge at 25 m, the length of the walkway is estimated to be about 250 m long. Besides being a hit with nature aficionadoes, the TreeTop Walk plays a crucial role in studying the forest canopy. With the TreeTop Walk, researchers are able to facilitate surveys, identify various plant species and gain a better understanding of how the forest ecosystems work. Do note that the gate to the TreeTop Walk closes at 5 pm sharp. It will take visitors around 15 minutes to reach the gate from the Ranger Station, hence it would be ideal for hikers to start walking to the TreeTop Walk by 4.45pm. The walkway only allows for traffic in one direction, this means that the entrance to the bridge is only accessible from the Ranger Station via Pierce track.