There are many benefits to hiking the great outdoors of Singapore. From clearing our mind, to disconnecting from our screens, connecting with our roots, appreciating picturesque views and even getting those steps in…taking one of the best hiking trails in Singapore is the perfect outing this season.
1. Pulau Ubin
For an off-the-beaten track experience, head to Pulau Ubin Island for a 10km hiking trail. With Singapore’s last remaining kampung, charming old plantations, stunning well-shaded greenery and walkways, an array of wildlife…it’s an ideal escape from reality. Plus, you can opt to either walk the full trail or rent a bike around the rich coastline.
Home to Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah Hill, this challenging small trail is the most popular among Singaporeans. Stroll through forested walkways, climb stairs, listen to birdsong, see the clear waters of the reserve and much more. Certainly, a picturesque family-friendly trail around 50 minutes to the summit, excellent for nature lovers.
This new green park is located along Rifle Range Road to the south of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The 66 hectares park is the first positive energy park in Singapore, with energy harvested from solar panels around the park. It also boasts two boardwalks, a range of beautiful kid-friendly trails, viewing platforms and a quarry wetland.
Swap the hustle and bustle of the city for a day exploring 10km of history and nature on the Southern Ridges. It consists of large open spaces connecting Mount Faber Park, Labrador Nature Reserve, Telok Blangah Hill, HortPark and Kent Ridge Park. Additionally, the trail offers sweeping 360-degree views of Singapore. Equally, Henderson Waves, the highest pedestrian bridge in the city is unmissable.
5. MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Get up at the crack of dawn to explore the oldest reservoir in Singapore featuring kayaking, turtle spotting, bamboo trees and more. Depending on experience, select different colour trails. Such as, Orange, which is a 7km hike to reach the instagrammable Treetop Walk within 1.5 to 2 hours. The suspended bridge 25m above the forest floor offers majestic views afar. Certainly, an wonderful outing for people of all ages.
6. Kranji Marshes
Another marvellous place to hike in Singapore that almost resembles something from The Jungle Book. Appreciate wildlife and nature, as well as beautiful sunsets and picture-perfect views from an old lookout tower on this 30 minute route. Rustic and peaceful…what more could you ask for?
The hiking trails on the Southern Ridges needs no introduction. The easy route is usually packed with tourists, boasting heritage tours, a variety of iconic lookout points, bird watching and more. After you’ve finished your hike, refuel at one of the best alfresco dining areas or even have dinner at one of the best rooftop dining restaurants in Singapore. Afterward, take a cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island to finish out your day.
8. Clementi Forest
Grab your favourite hiking partner and step into a fairytale one of the most unique hiking trails. It’s an untouched forest with spooky abandoned railway tracks, muddy crossings, rare species, secret tunnels and much more. Indeed, an enlightening and rewarding hike that is sure to provoke interesting conversations among your fellow companions.
Advanced adventurists will adore this 36km trail along the coast of Singapore, connecting Coney Island, Jurong Lake Gardens and more. There’s 10 epic points of interest to see such as Bukit Batok Nature Park’s Quarry Pool and World War II Memorial Site. Additionally, it even connects a dreamy interactive park Changi PC on the Round Island Route.