10 little-known hiking trails in S’pore you must go to at least once


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In this busy and bustling city of our, many people craze the peace and serenity that can only be provided outdoors among the lush jungles. However, our knowledge of the hiking trials in Singapore is so limited, we really don’t know where we can go other than the usual Macritchie treetop walk, Bukit Timah, and the latest Coney Island. And those places are always so full of people, we don’t really get the peace we’re looking for.

So here are 10 hiking trails that are so little known, you can be sure to enjoy some alone time by yourself.

Fort Canning park

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Image: anothertraveler.com

A trail right  in the middle of the city that provides not only peace and serenity, it also provides a historical experience as you walk on the soil that witnessed many of Singapore’s historical milestones. With sights like the site of Sir Stamford Raffles’ first bungalow and tree species native to Singapore lining the trail, it certainly wouldn’t be monotonous.

The railway corridor

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Image: todayonline.com

This abandoned railway track serves as the home to many species of plants and animals, as it is untouched by development so as long as the tracks were in service. And it is a very long time. Visit the corridor, and you’ll be grateful that the government decided to keep the place intact.

Labrador park

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Image: travelingtomatoes.blogspot.com

Labrador park, unfortunately, sits in the shadows cast by the big names like Henderson Wave and Hort park, but the Labrador Nature Reserve certainly deserves a visit of its own. Located just next to Hort Park and Henderson Wave, this place is lush with all kinds of plants and animals, and probably huge insects. Beware of gigantic spider webs!

Bukit Brown Trek

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Image: meetup.com

Not really designed to be a trekking trail but more of a resting place, the Bukit Brown cemetery provides a unique experience you cannot find elsewhere. It is the burial site of many famous and influential people of early Singapore and you can spot many interesting tombstone designs and gigantic graves that can give the residents a luxurious afterlife. It is rich with flora and fauna, and beware the huge group of mischievous monkeys!

Keppel Hill Reservoir Trek

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Image: remembersingapore.org

An extremely run down and little-known trial that sits near the popular Mount Faber park. So next time, instead of going with the crowd, head off to the other side of Mount Faber and create an adventure of your own!

Admiralty Park

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Image: sgwalkingroutes.blogspot.com

Conveniently located next to Republic Poly in Woodlands, this park is small yet interesting. It is ideal for night adventure, where it is so dark you have to rely on your hearing to walk around. Then you can make your way to the Woodlands waterfront located right at the end of the trail and admire the lights of Johor.


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Dairy Farm Nature Park

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Image: natureimog.wordpress.com

This place is a very secluded and is a great place to get away from the city’s modern annoyances. At the end of its inconsistent and muddy trail, you are greeted with the tranquil haven called the Singapore Quarry Park, with picturesque cliff walls and deep lakes to boast.

Upper Seletar Reservoir Park

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Image: justrunlah.com

This place is so pretty, it looks like it came out of a fairy tale. Tall white watch tower, big white birds, perfect green grass and a sunset so beautiful you feel like kissing a stranger, just so you won’t waste that perfect moment. It is a great place, in short.

Bukit Batok Nature Reserve

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Image: nparks.gov.sg

A nature reserve right in the middle of a housing estate, it is frequented by joggers and photography addicts, due to its picture-perfect little Guilin and the many birds and animals you can find there.

Puaka Hill @ Pulau Ubin

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Image: travelwithliya.com

If you only go to Chek Jawa and cycle along the roads when you’re at Ubin, then you are missing out on so much. Take the courage to trek up a side trail and you may be rewarded by the best scenery little have seen. From the public jetty, we head towards the island’s highest peak on Puaka Hill. Only recently was this trail opened to the public and made safer for climbers. The 74 metres climb is short but challenging with its steep and rocky terrain, but the scenery you get is worth all the effort.

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