22 Insta-worthy hiking and nature trails in Singapore you’ll want to explore

When people think of leisurely activities in Singapore, the first thing that comes to mind would be food, and followed very closely by shopping. Trust us, nobody really thinks about hiking trails, of all things in Singapore until very recently – perhaps you might’ve seen your friend post a really sweet pic on Instagram, and were surprised to hear it was actually taken in Singapore.

It’s time to explore this great way to explore Singapore and spend quality time with your loved ones. (Psst, we’ve also compiled a huge list of out-of-the-box date ideas to consider.)

So now that you want in on the know, we’ve come up with 22 hiking trails in Singapore that you can explore – take a short leisurely hike, get some fresh air, and some well-needed exercise!

A few tips before you start a-hikin’

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As you’ll be foraging in the lush, wild greens of Singapore, here’re a few things that are absolutely essential to all hiking trips:

1. Bring along a sunscreen

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Because nobody wants to burn up in the sun! Wearing a sunscreen doesn’t just guard against red patches and development of pigmentation on skin, but is also an essential step to preventing skin cancer.

2. Bring an insect repellent

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Adventuring into the wild forests and uninhibited nature trails of Singapore, while beautiful and breath-taking, also means coming into contact with lots of insects. Whether you choose a spray on insect repellent, or a stick-on one or both (ideal), prevention is better than cure, we’d say!

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

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As some areas really are truly natural hiking trails with little alterations (to prevent disturbing the eco-system), water spots may not be as abundant as you might like. Bring along at least one 1-litre bottle, because you know you’ll be needing it, regardless of whether you like water or not.

4. A handy camera to snap some pics!

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Don’t underestimate Singapore’s natural flora and fauna – it can be pretty darn impressive! If you’re a photography enthusiast, consider bringing along your favourite gear, otherwise, your smartphone’s camera will do. Just so that you’ll have memories to look back on in the future!

5. A smart device to keep track of your progress

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Whether it’s a Fitbit or just the default one on your smartphone, it’s always good to keep track of your progress!

Now that you’re all ready for your hike, read on for the top hiking trails to go for in Singapore.

1. MacRitchie Tree Top Walk

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You might’ve already seen this trail on one too many friends’ Instagram posts. Well, now that you know where this is, it’s time to get a-hikin’.

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Offering a beautiful bird’s eye view of the large and tall forest below that rise way above the canopy, spy occasional glimpses of flora and fauna native to the forest like bracket fungi, torch ginger flowers, monitor lizards, the common sun skunk, mischievous monkeys you’ll see hanging off the ledges, as well as our own colourful, native birds that you’ll see twittering around.

A very long 7km away from the starting point at Lornie Walk, this is for the hikers looking for a challenge.

Recommended route

For a map of the area and recommended route, click here for a detailed guide on trekking in MacRitchie Tree Top Walk.

How to get there

By car: Park at the public car park at Venus Drive that is located beside the start of the trail.

By public transport: Take bus number 52, 132, 163, 166, 167, 855 and 980 and alight just outside ESSO station before the junction of Venus Drive, Upper Thomson Road and Sin Ming Avenue

Admission fee is free, opens daily from 9am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), and 8.30am – 5pm (Sat – Sun), 601 Island Club Rd, Singapore 578775.

2. The Southern Ridges

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Oh yes, this is one sprawling heck of a hiking trail, all right. Spanning a rather intimidating 10km trek, the trail connects to five total parks – Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park, and even the famous Henderson Waves Park.

Take a walk along the elevated forest walk for the most intrepid dare-devils, spy native fauna and fauna like our local Angsana, bright red Saga Trees, and Rubber Trees, and trek past preserved historic Alkaff mansion of the long past, which has since been converted into a classy Italian establishment.

With many scenic areas which offer a fantastic panoramic area, you’ll never be short of places to take the perfect OOTD shot (the only thing you need to worry are probably the pesky mosquitoes, and sweating up a storm in the sweltering, humid weather!)

Recommended route

For a map of the area and recommended route, click here for a detailed guide on trekking in The Southern Ridges.

How to get there

By car: Park at Seah Im public carpark

By public transport:

MRT
Take the Circle Line or North East Line to HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29).

Bus
Take bus service numbers 10, 30, 57, 61, 65, 80, 93, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 300, 408* and 855 to HarbourFront MRT Station. *408 operates during weekends and on public holidays only.

Admission is free, opens daily, 24/7, 109 Mount Faber Road Faber Peak, Singapore 099203.

3. Changi Point Coastal Walk

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Absolutely breath-taking, gorgeous and not to mention a super romantic spot if you’re going hiking with your S.O., Changi Point Coastal Walk is relatively remote, so if you’re looking for a place that offers you some well-needed quiet – this is it.

Right by the coast of Singapore, walk along this peaceful, rather rustic-looking hiking trail as you take in the smell, the view of the waves and the sea, rest along the quaint looking mini-huts along the way, reminiscent of kampungs for some true Singaporean nostalgia.

Spanning only around 2.2km with no difficult hiking areas, this is a good place for a casual, leisurely stroll.

Recommended route

For a map of the area and recommended route, click here for a detailed guide on how to navigate Changi Point Coastal Walk.

How to get there

By car: Use the Tampines Expressway (TPE). Exit at Loyang Avenue. Drive on Loyang Avenue and turn left at junction with Changi Village Road. Parking is available near Changi Point Ferry Terminal.

By public transport: Take the MRT to Tanah Merah Station. Exit and take Bus Number 2 all the way to Changi Village Bus Terminal. Alternatively, you could also take the MRT to Tampines Station, then take Bus Number 29, stopping outside Changi Village Hotel.

Admission fee is free, opens daily, 24/7, 6 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 509907.

4. Fort Canning Park

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We couldn’t possibly talk about hiking trails without even mentioning the iconic Fort Canning Park!

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A small hill of approximately 60 metres, smack dab in the middle of the surrounding city area, it has been witness to many key historic moments, and home to many unique flora and fauna. Visit Sir Stamford Raffles’ first bungalow amongst other awesome colonial architecture dating all the way back to the 19th century, and walk along native tree species like the Flame of the Forest, whose red flowers stand stark in contrast to its leafy greens – we guarantee this hike to be full of things to see, and never monotonous!

Recommended route

For a map of the area and recommended route, click here for a detailed guide on trekking in Fort Canning Park.

How to get there

By car: There are a few carparks around Fort Canning park.

By public transport: alight at Clarke Quay or Dhoby Ghaut, and walk about 10 minutes to get to the park

Admission is free, opens daily, 24/7, 70 River Valley Road, Singapore 179037.

5. Bukit Timah Nature Trail

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Also known as Bukit Timah Hill, and Singapore’s tallest hill, this place is a popular (and pretty well-known) spot to both hikers and non-hikers alike.

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Standing at 163 metres, Bukit Timah Hill makes for a rather steep climb, and is home to approximately 40% of Singapore’s native 800 over flora and 500 over fauna, like Singapore Freshwater Crab, fascinating spiders (no, not the small kind you often spy at home!), and even adorable owls and monkeys.

A place where you can get your workout and get up and close with nature in its unadulterated form, make sure to bring a camera too!

Recommended route

Start your walk at the Visitor Centre near Hindhede Road where you can get information about the reserve and trail before you start your hiking journey! You can also get a map of the area and recommended spots of visitation here. https://www.nparks.gov.sg/-/media/nparks-real-content/learning/learning-journeys/guided-walks/diy-guided-walks/ancient-forest/diy-trail-guide.pdf

By car: From the city, drive in the direction of Upper Bukit Timah towards Woodlands, make a U-turn at the first pedestrian bridge you see, and then turn left into Hindhede Drive to the Reserve. There is a carpark at the Visitor Centre. It is open from 6:00am to 7:00pm. Alternative parking is available at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre and Beauty World Shopping Centre.

By public transport: To reach the Reserve by bus, alight at Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre for a 10-minute walk to the Reserve. Buses serving Upper Bukit Timah Road are 67, 75, 170, 173, 184, 852 and 961.

Admission is free, opens daily, 24/7, Hindhede Dr., Singapore 589318.

6. Coney Island Park

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Located all the way at the far end at Punggol, Punggolites no longer have to feel left out as this one place is right in the heartland of Punggol.

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Home to over 80 species of birds, spy huge predator birds like eagles flying overhead you as you hike your way through the rustic, forested, mangroves, and numerous beachside areas. For those keen on bird watching, or wanting a snapshot of the magnificent birds flying overhead you, you might be interested to know that there is even bird hide where you can, well, hide, and snap away for the perfect shot.

Instead of walking purely on foot, you can even choose to rent a bike from Punggol Point Park and take a ride along the nature trail!

Additional tip: Make sure to bring lots of water as there are no amenities at Coney Island, as the people at Coney Island wanted to be sure to preserve as much of the ecology and its character as much as possible!

Recommended route

Start your walk at the entrance at Punggol Promenade Punggol Point Walk where you can get yourself a map of the area and information about the visitation spots before you begin your hiking journey! Alternatively, you can also get an e-copy of it here.

How to get there

By car: Drive to Punggol Settlement and park at the outdoor public carpark. Walk 500 m east (past the restaurants) along Punggol Promenade Punggol Point Walk to reach the starting point at the West Entrance of Coney Island Park.

By public transport: Take the train to Punggol MRT station and walk towards the bus interchange through exit C. Take bus 84 from the Punggol interchange and alight at Punggol Road End (Punggol Point Park). Walk about 500 m east (past the restaurants) along the Punggol Promenade Punggol Point Walk to reach the starting point at the West Entrance of Coney Island Park.

Admission is free, opens daily from 7am – 7pm, Punggol Promenade Nature Walk, Singapore 829325.

7. North Eastern Riverine Loop

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A gigantic trail that connects four parks, it spans a whopping 26km in total – it runs through the heartlands of the lesser visited Buangkok, Sengkang and Punggol, and continues into the rustic landscapes of Punggol Beach, Punggol Promenade, and Lorong Halus Wetland.

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Walk alongside untouched natural reservoirs, canals, and riverine as you catch sight of the colourful birds, flora and fauna living in it. Another place with cycling trails in the walkways, you don’t have to go purely on foot; you can also cycle if your feet get too tired.

And yes, you can even find fruits you’d normally find at supermarkets like starfruits and sweetsop! (but no, you can’t bring them home to eat, sadly)

Tip: While there are toilets and other amenities in the North-Eastern Riverine Loop, be sure to remain hydrated. If you’re choosing to trek by cycling, be sure to give way to pedestrians as there is no separated lane for cyclists!

Recommended route

Start your walk at Serangoon Park Connector or Punggol Park where the cycling station, toilets, and other such amenities all are before you begin your journey! For those who want to come equipped with an e-map, click here.

How to get there

By car: Park at Punggol Park carpark.

By public transport:

MRT
From Buangkok MRT Station, take a 10-minute walk to Punggol Park via Serangoon Park Connector.

Bus
Take bus service numbers 74, 113, 119 or 147 to Hougang Ave 8 and walk to Punggol Park.

Admission fee is free, opens daily, 24/7, Hougang Avenue 8 and Hougang Avenue 10, Singapore 538768.

8. Pulau Ubin

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You may groan that Pulau Ubin is rather inaccessible, but if you’re looking for a complete change of pace, perhaps something with a tinge of nostalgia? Take the bumboat to Pulau Ubin, where you can travel back in time to Singapore in the ’60s, where you can spy rustic looking wooden seafood restaurants, drink coconut juice fresh from the fruit, and other small provision shops.

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But no hiking trip is complete without a visit to Chek Jawa. Home to one of the richest eco-systems in Singapore, you’ll be trekking by six very distinct eco-systems, where you’ll be passing by mangroves, and coastal areas, and even a magnificent cape right at the end – the cherry on top of your sweat-filled journey.

No kick? You can even go mountain biking – the paths get pretty steep though, you’ve been warned!

Tip: Be sure to check NParks’ tides timetable as the ecosystem is only visible when it is at low tide! Do also note that it is recommended that you either rent a bike, or a van to get to Chek Jawa Wetlands as going on foot would take an estimated 40 minutes alone.

Recommended route

There is only one entrance via the bumboat ride, so you’ll have no trouble getting to the entrance. As mentioned previously, going by bike or van to Chek Jawa Wetlands is recommended although walking on foot (if you’re feeling particularly adventurous!) is also possible. Unfortunately, there is no available e-map, but you can get hardcopy maps at the information counter by the entrance.

How to get there

Take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal (SGD2.50 one-way and an extra SGD2 if you have a bicycle with you). Boats will leave when there are 12 passengers, but you can also opt to pay the difference for the boat to leave immediately. Bumboats run from sunrise to sunset.

Admission fee is free (not including the trip to Pulau Ubin), opens daily from 8.30am – 6.30pm, Pulau Ubin, Pulau Ubin, Singapore 000701.

9. Western Adventure Loop

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Rustic, and untouched by man, this rather unknown gem in Woodlands allows for an unadulterated experience of what Mother Nature in Singapore has to offer.

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Look out for the 50 over bird species that live in the parks at the Western Adventure Loop, quaint, quarry ponds, and even a rather intimidating looking high cliff wall you may or may not have seen on our local Channel 8 dramas before.

At an undulating 12km in total (but with lots of places to rest), explore the Western Adventure Loop and its five parks – Bukit Batok Nature Park, Jurong Lake Park, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Choa Chu Kang Park in its entirety.

Recommended route

For a map of the area and recommended route, click here for a detailed guide on trekking in the Western Adventure Loop.

How to get there

By car: Park at Choa Chu Kang Park carpark.

By public transport:

MRT
From Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, take a 10-minute walk to the start point through Choa Chu Kang Park Connector.

Bus
Take bus service numbers 307, 925 or 927 from Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange to Choa Chu Kang Drive and walk to Choa Chu Kang Park.

10. Labrador Nature Reserve

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An oasis of tranquillity and natural wonders, Labrador Nature Reserve is built off the edge of a secondary forest with a prime vantage point of the picturesque rocky coastline, and magnificent cliff-sides.

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Thriving with wildlife, this park is a favourite haunt of nature lovers. Filled with a variety of bird species, including those of the Oriental Magpie-robin and the Black-naped Oriole, you might even be able to hear a few songs from the native bird species!

Tips: It is easier to go by public transport than by car, as Labrador Nature Reserve is within a very short walking distance of the nearby Labrador MRT or Harbourfront MRT.

Recommended route

Start at either Labrador MRT or Harbourfront MRT at the Marang Trail, or the Alexandra Garden Trail respectively. For those of you who want to come equipped with an e-map, click here.

How to get there

By Car: For Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk only, car parking facilities are available opposite the Labrador Park MRT station at the junction of Pasir Panjang Road and Labrador Villa Road. For Routes 1 and 2, it would be advisable to commute using public transport.

By Public Transport
Bus
For Route 1,
• Bus services 10, 30, 51, 143 and 176 take you to Pasir Panjang Road. From there, proceed on foot to Labrador Park MRT Station.
• Bus services 61, 93, 97, 100, 166 and 963 take you to Alexandra Road. Alight on the same side or opposite NOL Building along Alexandra Road and proceed on foot to Labrador Park MRT Station.
• Service Parks 408 is a direct service that plies between HarbourFront Bus Interchange and Labrador Park (Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11 am to 9 pm). The service departs from the interchange every 30 minutes.

For Route 2,
• Bus services 65 (from Tampines Interchange), 80 (Sengkang Interchange), 93 (Eunos Interchange), 188 (Choa Chu Kang Interchange), 855 (Yishun Interchange), 963 (Woodlands Regional Interchange) take you to HarbourFront Bus Interchange. You may then proceed on foot to Marang Trail at the Southern Ridges.

MRT
• For Route 1, take the Circle Line to Labrador Park MRT Station.
• For Route 2, take the Circle Line or North East Line to HarbourFront MRT Station.

Admission fee is free, opens daily, 24/7, Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187.

11. Tampines Eco Green

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Highly underrated and not often heard, or talked about, this place in Tampines Ave 12 is the ideal place for a hike due to its tranquillity, and relative quiet, as well as the amazing sights it offers.

A unique park that is dedicated to being al-naturale, it has no lights, no pavements (but flat, easy to trek grounds!), or even a distinct address on the map, it is filled with lush greenery all around, and will have you feeling like you’ve been transported into another dimension entirely.

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Spy colourful birds, dragonflies, and butterflies flitting around the beautiful flowers native only to Singapore like the newly discovered hanguana rubinea.

If you live around the Tampines area, there’s no reason to drop by this rather quiet forested area for a short hike – that being said, bring along a camera because you know you’ll need it!

Tip: There is only one toilet (an eco-toilet that you should check out, even if you don’t really need the loo!) at the entrance, and no amenities within, so be sure to stock up on water, snacks and to go to the toilet right before the hike!

Recommended route

You can choose to start at the West Entrance (main entrance) at Tampines Avenue 12, or the entrance at Sungei Tampines and simply explore at your leisure. For a detailed e-map of the place, click here.

How to get there

By car: Closest parking spot would be at Sun Plaza Park, and an approximate 20 mins walk to the park

By public transport: Alight at Tampines MRT station and walk 20 mins to the park via Sun Plaza Park

Admission fee is free, opens daily from 7am – 7pm, Tampines Ave 9, Singapore 520491.

12. The Green Corridor

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You’ve definitely seen this particular background on too many a feed on Instagram, and if not, on someone’s WhatsApp profile picture.

Once a railway track, it has now been re-purposed into a hiking trail. Teeming with wildlife and its own eco-system, this is where you can go to witness rarely-sighted fauna like Sunda Scops Owls and Laced Woodpeckers, it also has many heritage sites (apart from the rail!) in the grasslands, streams, and marshes you’ll pass by.

And when you’re all tuckered out, go to the nearby coffeeshops at Railway Mall – because you know you deserve (the calories)!

Recommended route

Start your journey with a hearty breakfast at the nearby Springleaf at Railway Mall, which is just a short walking distance from The Green Corridor. Unfortunately, there is no e-map available online. For more details, click here.

How to get there

By car: The closest parking lot would be just by Railway Mall, and a very short walking distance to the Green Corridor.

By public transport: The Green Corridor is located at a very short distance, right at Hillview MRT station.

13. Upper Peirce Reservoir

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One of Singapore’s oldest reservoirs, Upper Peirce Reservoir is known for its tranquillity, and scenic sights of the reservoir.

A place that should be easy for beginners with easy-to-navigate lake trails, this is the place to go if you’re not looking for a tough walk that’ll leave you huffing and puffing.

If you’re lucky, you may even be able to spy some monkeys along the river banks!

Tip: Apart from the usual advisories, also take note not to aggravate the monkeys. When approached, you should look down and walk at least 1.5 metres away from them. Do not make direct eye contact or smile as these may be misinterpreted as signs of aggression and challenge. Keep food and snacks in haversacks and not in plastic bags, and avoid eating in the presence of the monkeys!

Recommended route

There is only one entrance at Old Upper Thomson Road, and paths are clearly marked out, rather linear, and easy to navigate. For more details, click here.

How to get there

By car: Follow the direction of Upper Thomson Road.  Turn left before the traffic lights at the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 into Old Upper Thomson Road. Follow the road until you see the entrance of the trail. Parking facilities are available along the road near the Casuarina Entrance.

By public transport: Bus no. 163, 167, 169, 855, 980. Alight at the bus stop nearest to the Sembawang Hill Food Court and walk along Old Upper Thomson Road towards Lower Peirce Boardwalk. The entrance to the trail (Casuarina Entrance) is about five minutes away.

Admission fee is free, opens daily, from 7am – 7pm, along Old Upper Thomson Road, postal code unknown.

14. Lower Peirce Reservoir

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Continue walking down from Upper Peirce Reservoir and you’ll find Lower Peirce Reservoir, where you’ll see a rather easy 900-metre wooden broadwalk through a mature secondary forest, as well as a lakeside walk with a pier at the end.

This is for those who like it low-maintenance – there’re wooden broad walks all along the walkable paths, so there’s no need to worry (too much) about pesky insects biting at your feet! That being said, it doesn’t mean you should skimp on mosquito repellent altogether.

Recommended route

See Upper Peirce Reservoir above.

How to get there

See Upper Peirce Reservoir above.

Admission fee is free, opens daily, from 7am – 7pm, along Old Upper Thomson Road, postal code unknown.

15. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Singapore’s very first wetland reserves, spy many riverine species like monitor lizards, witness ferocious estuarine crocodiles along the riverbanks, and mangroves, mudflats in its natural habitat.

Tip: If you happen to go during its migratory season, you may even be able to catch sight of the diverse flocks of shorebirds or waders like plovers and sandpipers flying overhead you in the classic V-formation!

Recommended route

Start your journey at the Visitor Centre by Sungei Buloh Besar. Want to keep an e-map handy in your phone? Click here.

How to get there

By car: If you are driving, take Lim Chu Kang Road, turn into Neo Tiew Road and then into Neo Tiew Crescent. Alternatively, take Kranji Road and turn into Neo Tiew Crescent. There is free parking at the Reserve.

By public transport:
Mondays to Saturdays
Board SMRT Bus 925 from Kranji MRT Station. Alight at Kranji Reservoir Carpark B. Walk across the road to the Visitor Centre.

Sundays and Public Holidays
Board SMRT Bus 925 from Kranji MRT Station. The bus stops at the Wetland Centre entrance. Please note that SMRT Bus 925 operates only from Woodlands Interchange on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Kranji Express:
Kranji Express operates daily starting from 8.30 am and ending at 5.45 pm from Kranji MRT Station. Parking lots are available near both entrances.

Admission is free, opens daily from 7.30am – 7pm (Mon – Sat), 7am – 7pm (Sun & PH), 301 Neo Tiew Cres, Singapore 718925.

16. Bedok Reservoir Park

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Certainly no stranger to joggers and water-sports junkies alike, this is where you’ll see many people kayaking, dragon-boating, and jogging along the designated paved out areas.

With many benches along the banks of the reservoir, this is the perfect spot to relax after a long hike, savour being in the presence of nature as it is, and snap a few shots of the wild flora and fauna in the area!

Recommended route

Start your journey from anywhere along Bedok Reservoir Road as there is no main entrance. The road from there is pretty linear and easy to navigate, so just follow along the designated pathways and explore away! For a detailed e-map, click here.

How to get there

By car: Travel to any of the following parking lots at Bedok Park Connector, Siglap Park Connector, and Tampines Park Connector.

By public transport: Take any of the following buses from Bedok Bus Interchange: 18, 28, 66, 67, 69, 168, and 228.

Admission is free, opens daily, 24/7, 901 Bedok Reservoir Road Singapore 479266.

17. Admiralty Park

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With over 100 species of flora and fauna calling home to Admiralty Park like the long-tailed macque, it also has an unobstructed panoramic view of the Straits of Johor (it’s also very, very near the checkpoint to Malaysia!), so be sure to charge your phone the night before, as you’re going to want to snap some pics!

Recommended route

You can start at either the Northern, Western, or Southern Entrance of Admiralty Park by Admiralty Road West, Riverside Road, and Republic Polytechnic respectively. Click here for a detailed e-map.

How to go there

By car: The carpark is near Admiralty Park West, enter via Riverside Road

By bus: From Woodlands Bus Interchange, take bus no. 169 to South Entrance near Republic Polytechnic. Alternatively, take bus no. 903 and alight along Riverside Road (after Republic Polytechnic).

Admission fee is free, opens daily, 24/7, 6A Admiralty Rd W, Singapore 759956.

18. Singapore Botanic Gardens – Rainforest Trail

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Sure, you might think that the Botanic Gardens might be a tourist-infested spot, but it’s definitely still worth visiting. After all, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the heart of the city, AND rich with history, plus offer trails full of colourful native flora and fauna unique to Singapore.

With many plants already here before Sir Stamford Raffles stepped foot in Singapore in 1819, and 50% of them marked as endangered species, this is not a trail you should skip out on if you identify yourself as a nature-lover!

Tip: Be sure to explore the other exhibition areas – there’s nothing wrong with feeling like a tourist for the day, after all!

Recommended route

Start from the Visitor Centre, just by Heliconia Walk where you can get your hands on their brochure and map, listing the areas of visitation. For a detailed e-map, click here.

How to go there

By car: There is a carpark right at the entrance(s) of Botanic Gardens.

By public transport:

By foot
Access to the Gardens is easy through its major entrances: Tanglin Gate, Nassim Gate, Cluny Park Gate and Bukit Timah Gate.

MRT
The nearest MRT station is Botanic Gardens MRT Station. From the station, you may enter the Gardens through Bukit Timah Gate. By Car: Car parking facilities are available at the Botany Centre, Visitor Centre, Bukit Timah Core, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and along Tyersall Avenue.

Bus
Via Holland Road: SBS Transit 7, 105, 123, 174 SMRT 75, 77, 106
Via Bukit Timah Road: SBS Transit 48, 66, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 186 SMRT 67, 171

Admission fee is free, opens daily from 5am – 12am, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569.

19. Mount Imbiah Trail

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Located in the rather touristy Sentosa, Imbiah Trail, also known as ‘Mount Imbiah’ – it is 65 metres above sea level. Hence the quotation marks, ahem.

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Expect to see life-like giant replicas of ants, flies, and other such creepy-crawlies that lurk around Imbiah Trail, as well as old British military structures, where ammunition used to be stored.

Rustic and abandoned, the Imbiah Trail offers lots of great photo spots. Explore the insides of historical structures – and while you’re at it, make sure to snap lots of ‘inspirational, ‘candid’ shots – bonus points if you look extra forlorn, AND slot in a particularly ‘inspirational’ caption while you’re at it! (Ok, we kid, of course, we’re not judging!)

Tip: Make sure to walk around the surrounding Siloso Beach too for some sea-side breeze!

Recommended route

To get to the Mount Imbiah Trail from Imbiah Lookout, head along the 225-metre long Imbiah Bridge. This bridge has been specially converted from part of the old Sentosa monorail track. There is no e-map provided online. For more information on their walking trails, click here.

How to get there

By car: There is a carpark nearby Imbiah Trail at Imbiah Carpark along Siloso Road.

By public transport: Travel to Harbourfront MRT, then walk to Sentosa by foot along from VivoCity to Sentosa Broadwalk (approximately 15 minutes).

Admission is free, opens daily, 24/7, 51 Imbiah Road, Singapore 099702.

20. Chestnut Nature Park

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Lined with giant granite boulders along the way, towering trees all around to provide ample shade, scenic streams, and old kampung structures to boot, this is a place that will definitely have something of interest for everyone.

Steep, and even having designated paths just for mountain bikers, this is a place where you know they definitely take hiking seriously. Go there if you’re hardcore. (And yes, they even have pump tracks for bikers to practise their skills at manoeuvring over bumps and banks!)

Tip: Make sure to go to the loo right at the entrance before you start your hike, as that is the only toilet available in the entire Chestnut Nature Park… not counting vegetation.

Recommended route

There is only one entrance at the Chestnut Nature Park along Chestnut Avenue. There is no e-map provided online, but there will be maps to guide you along the way! For more information, click here.

How to get there

By car: Chestnut Nature Park’s car park is sited near the eastern end of Chestnut Avenue. If you’re coming from the north (e.g. Bukit Panjang), drive along Petir Road and turn left at Chestnut Avenue. If you’re coming from the south (e.g. Dairy Farm), drive along Petir Road and turn right at Chestnut Avenue. After turning, drive for about 1.5km along Chestnut Avenue and you will arrive at Chestnut Nature Park’s carpark on your left.

By public transport:

MRT
Alight at Pending LRT. Walk towards Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre, walk past Kim San Leng Coffee Shop. Head towards Blk 276 Bangkit Road, leading to Zhenghua Park. Take the tarmac track leading to Zhenghua underpass to get to Chestnut Nature Park.

Bus
Take bus 700 or 966 and alight at Block 202, Petir Road. From the bus stop, take an approximately 2km (30mins) walk along Petir Road/Chestnut Ave into Chestnut Nature Park.

Admission is free, opens daily from 7am – 7pm, Chestnut Avenue, Singapore 679514.

21. Kranji Marshes

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A rustic, freshwater marshland that is one of the largest freshwater marshlands in Singapore, it is home to a rich array of flora and fauna, including more than 170 species of birds (including giant eagles!), 54 species of butterflies, and 33 species of dragonflies.

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Additonal tip: If you come during the raptor migratory season from November to March, be sur eto look out for visiting species such as the Black Baza and Japanese Sparrowhawk from the top of the Raptor Tower!

Recommended route

Enter via the Kranji Gate, where it is a pretty linear path from there, to the reservoir area. Click here if you want to have a handy e-map in your phone!

How to get there

By car: There are parking lots available at Kranji Gate.

By public transport: Take the Kranji Express bus from Kranji MRT Station which operates daily from 8.30 am to 5.45 pm. Alight at D’Kranji Farm Resort and take a short walk to Kranji Gate. From Kranji Gate, it is an approximately 1 km walk along Neo Tiew Lane 2 to the observation tower.

Admission fee is free, opens daily from 7am – 7pm, 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718814.

22. Windsor Nature Park

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Filled with lush greenery, marshes, swamps all around, this is where you’ll feel instantly transported away from the hustle and bustle of the normal city life in Singapore.

Tip: Make sure to bring along a water bottle with you as there are no water coolers (nor vending machines) in Windsor Nature Park.

Recommended route

Enter through Venus Drive, and simply follow the rather linear trail. Check out the e-map here to plan out your trail!

How to go there

By car: Simply travel to Venus Drive, where there is a parking spot right at the entrance of Windsor Nature Park.

By public transport: By bus: 132, 163, 165, 166, 167, 855, 980. Alight at Upper Thomson Road (Opp Flame Tree Pk, Bus stop ID: 53071; Flame Tree Pk, Bus stop ID: 53069). Alternatively, take 52, 162, 162M, 410, and alight at Sin Ming Ave (Blk 454, Bus stop ID: 53369; Opp Blk 454, Bus stop ID: 53361).

Admission fee is free, opens daily from 7am – 7pm, 30 Venus Road, Singapore 573858.

 

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