12 Spots to Hike in S’pore & Burn Those Calories Away with Nature

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Tired of the hustle and bustle of city life? Take a breather and be one with nature! Singapore trekking is definitely one of the best activities to do when you’re free. Go hiking with your family or friends and just have fun outside.

Giving the hot and humid weather, trekking is not considered as a leisure in The Lion City for some. But with an island so green, it would be a pity not to make the most of our parks. Not only you can get closer to nature or have the time to appreciate the beauty of it, rather you can have the time to unwind and simply have a time away from the skyscrapers.

There are numerous Singapore trekking spots you can check out if you feel like going for a walk or run for a day with your buddies. These gems are just waiting for you to be discovered, so be sure to visit them during early morning or in the late afternoon before sunset. Here’s a list of the top trekking sites you should explore when in Singapore:

1. Fort Canning Park

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Pay a visit to the iconic Fort Canning Park and learn about the country’s historical milestones. All history buffs will definitely love it here as this park offers both recreational and historical experience of Singapore of the old days. The park is conveniently located in the city centre. Despite its location nearer the CBD, this is a little green haven of peace. You will find the Battle Box, some tree species native to Singapore, as well as Sir Stamford Raffles’ first-ever bungalow. Hiking here will certainly be full of excitement and at the same time learning about the rich cultural heritage of the entire park.

  • Location: River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
  • Difficulty Level: Easy (1-2 hours)
  • Nearest MRT station: Fort Canning (blue line)

2. Dairy Farm Nature Park

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Are you in search of a real trekking experience? Go to Dairy Farm Nature Park! This secluded park is absolutely a great hiking place because of its harrowing terrain with uneven and muddy stones. Although it is frequented by mountain bikers, it can still be traversed by foot. For a complete Singapore trekking experience at this spot, don’t forget to visit the Wallace Trail as well as see the Singapore Quarry, which was transformed into a wetland habitat with a nice viewing platform to let everyone admire the lovely view.

  • Location: 100 Dairy Farm Rd, Singapore 679057
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate (2-3 hours of walking)
  • Nearest MRT station: Hillview

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3. Southern Ridges

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With 10 kilometres of open spaces and greens connecting Labrador Nature Reserve, Mount Faber Park, Hort Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and Kent Ridge Park, Southern Ridges is yet another enjoyable trekking spot in Singapore. The scenery is always stunning and the terrain changes as you begin the climb. You may be surrounded by lush greenery at one point, then by a lovely landscape from Mount Faber or the iconic architecture of the Henderson Waves on the next. Undoubtedly, you’ll have a lot of things to appreciate while having this trek at the Southern Ridges.

  • Location: Henderson Road, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore 099203
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Hard (4-5 hours)
  • Nearest MRT station: Kent Ridge

4. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Spend a day at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with your loved ones and start trekking. It is Singapore’s first-ever ASEAN Heritage Park that offers rich biodiversity and home to a lot of riverine species. More so, this ecological gem consists of ponds, mangroves, forests for trekkers, mudflats, as well as different types of animals, including monitor lizards, water snakes, kingfishers, and herons. If you happen to trek during migration season, you’ll see flocks of shorebirds, such as plovers and sandpipers, too.

  • Location: 301 Neo Tiew Cres, Singapore 718925
  • Difficulty Level: Easy (1-2 hours)
  • Nearest MRT station: Kranji. From Kranji station take the bus 925 to the Wetland entrance.

5. Kranji Marshes

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Discover the beauty of this largely untouched area perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. Kranji Marshes is a 56.8-hectare of trekking ground that has three unique biomes. It houses a wide range of insects, water birds, aquatic plants, and fish. You’ll totally enjoy hiking here as there are tons of wildlife to admire while you’re taking on a journey around. And if you’re lucky enough, you might get to spot threatened bird species, such as Grey-headed Fish Eagle and Changeable Hawk Eagle. Ain’t that cool?

  • Location: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718814
  • Difficulty Level: Easy (1-2 hours)
  • Nearest MRT station: Kranji. From the MRT station take the Kranji Express bus to Kranji Gate.

6. Coney Island

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Did you know that Coney Island is open to the public? Well, it is! Just recently, this ecological sustainable park has been already opened to everyone wanting to check it out. You’ll surely be in awe with how rustic and less developed this island is. It uses timber from uprooted Casuarina trees to build benches, signage, mangrove boardwalk, as well as exhibits at Casuarina Exploration. Amazing, isn’t? Not to mention, Coney Island also serves as a sanctuary for migratory birds. So get your cameras ready and take photos of these astounding species. You can either walk or cycle around the area. If you feel enough strength, continue along the PCN from Punggol Settlement to Buangkok and be rewarded with interesting scenery.

  • Location: Serangoon Island, Singapore
  • Difficulty Level: Easy (1-2 hours)
  • Nearest MRT station: Punggol. Then take bus 84 to Punggol Settlement and walk to Coney Island gate.

7. Macritchie Reservoir Park

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Probably the most popular park in Singapore, Macritichie Reservoir Park is sure not to be missed out on this list. It’s famous for its beautiful nature trails, cross-country races, and a variety of wildlife. Also, there are three types of terrains you will see here—the concrete, duckboards, and rocky or muddy. You can choose to take a peaceful morning walk along the water or go further in for the TreeTop Walk. A visit to Macritchie Reservoir Park is definitely worth it, especially when you’re with your family or friends. A forest heaven awaits you, so grab the chance and witness it!

  • Location: Off Lornie RoadSingapore
  • Difficulty Level:  Easy
  • Nearest MRT station: Caldecott

8. Bukit Batok Nature Park

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Step into Bukit Batok Nature Park and make a memorable adventure. Once an abandoned quarry site, this nature park is now turned into a tranquil refuge for all nature lovers out there. In case you’re looking to venture out of the city, then this is the perfect spot to visit. Plenty of vantage points are present here, so you’re sure to have breathtaking scenery. Additionally, active hikers can have a solid trekking experience at its off-the-beaten paths. There’s no need to worry about quickening your pace as the terrain is always non-slippery and safe.

  • Location: Bukit Batok East Avenue 2 and Bukit Batok East Avenue 6, Singapore 659761
  • Difficulty Level: Easy (1-2 hours)
  • Nearest MRT station: Bukit Gombak

9. Windsor Nature Park

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Swing by Windsor Nature Park and enjoy a thrilling Singapore trekking experience. As the country’s newest and biggest park, it is also a must-visit spot for those who simply want to spend time with nature. Located close to Upper Thomson, it features three exciting hiking trails—Hanguana, Squirrel, and Drongo. The most challenging trail for hikers would be the Drongo trail, which boasts a 4-meter high, 150-meter long canopy walk for visitors. But you can walk through all the trails if you want to for a complete adventure.

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  • Location: 30 Venus Road, Singapore 573858
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate (3-4 hours)
  • How to reach by bus: Buses 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). Or Buses 52, 162, 162M, 410- Alight at Sin Ming Ave (Blk 454, Bus stop ID: 53369; Opp Blk 454, Bus stop ID: 53361)

10. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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Go your way up to Singapore’s tallest natural hill, Bukit Timah! Retaining its historical significance, this spot is one of the top trekking destinations in the country. Despite all the architectural changes, it has stayed intact and still offers an outstanding experience to every visitor. If you’re ready for a serious challenge, then this is the ideal place to go. You’ll also see a diverse range of fauna and flora as well as elusive wildlife, such as Blue Bronzeback snake and Sunda Pangolin.

Smart tip: If you want to practice hiking a bigger muntain, this is the place to go. Because of the steep walk, Bukit Timah is often used as practice ground for people who want to exercise before climbing KK, for example.

  • Location: Hindhede Dr, Singapore 589318
  • Difficulty Level: Easy (1-2 hours)
  • Nearest MRT station: Beauty World

11. Pulau Ubin

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Take a trip to Pulau Ubin and have a glimpse of what it’s like in Singapore during the ’60s. You can only reach this island through a bumboat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. There’s no fixed schedule on the bumboats as they only depart if there are already 12 passengers. A one-way ticket trip costs 3 SGD per head and if you don’t want to wait to completely load the boat, you can pay for everything (36 SGD). Once here, you can check out Puaka Hill, the highest point on the island, or the Chek Jawa wetlands. You will be walking a fair bit but you can also rent a bike on the island.

  • Location:  Pulau Ubin 000701, Singapore
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate (2-3 hours)

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12. Chestnut Nature Park

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Get an idea of how the kampong life was back then at Chestnut Nature Park. A little more relaxed trekking spot, this one is perfect for those who just like to be in nature. Most pathways are flat, but there are harder routes with side steps and rocky stones available, too. The total length of the hiking trail is 5.6 kilometres, so it’s really meant for everyone.

  • Location: Chestnut Avenue, Singapore 679514
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate (2-3 hours)
  • Nearest MRT station: Pending LRT Station

(An earlier draft indicated that the nearest MRT Station is at Fort Canning; that is incorrect. We apologize for the error!)

Outstanding Singapore trekking spots

Choose any of these amazing Singapore trekking spots when you’re up for a great adventure with the people you love the most. Make your time off worthwhile and go hiking! It’s not all the time you get the chance to be one with nature, so grab it right away.

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