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Visitor Info The design of the park takes full advantage of the natural vegetation and topography of the site. Various look-out points offer visitors magnificent views of the off-shore islands like Pulau Duran Darat. The natural vegetation is the secondary forest with groves of Tembusu, Acacias and Dillenias. You can hear the sounds of birds and insects breaking the silence and serenity of the park, while you stroll through the meandering path towards the two ponds at the foot of the ridge and enjoying the serene ambience away from the hustle and bustle of city living. If you are a fitness enthusiast, Kent Ridge Park is the place to be. It has the most number of fitness stations - 20 to be exact. Nature groups will enjoy the nature trail located near Carpark A.
Pitcher plants and wild orchids are found along this trail. Next to the nature trail is a biking trail for mountain biking enthusiasts. This trail offers technical single-track riding for intermediate to experienced mountain bikers. On the eastern side of the park, towards the valley, is a natural pond teeming with turtles and fish such as the Japanese koi. One of the last battles for Singapore was fought on this hill which dominated the harbour and the British military depots in the Ayer Rajah area. A plaque was installed at Carpark B in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II.
Stay Clean and enjoy the Green
I visited Kent Ridge Park on a school trip and it was indeed a rewarding and eye-opening experience. Nature areas are not so famous in Singapore because we are known as a Concrete Jungle, but greenery does exist and places like this serve to show people that fact.
The entire walk can be very long and very tiring because there are many uphill slopes, so be prepared to use quite a bit of energy! Bring lots of water and mosquito repellent as well as there was only one vending machine and water cooler point I noticed located near the peak.
The walk up is along a regular pathway, and does not involve rocky or muddy paths that you may encounter in Bukit Timah so do not worry about getting your shoes dirty. There are so many beautiful flowering plants to see along the way so it would be good to bring a camera. My group even saw a turtle laying eggs!
Once you reach the peak, the sight is ever more amazing. You can see the sea and why Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world because this is where a lot of cargo is held and there is just a countless number of stacks of it.
Kent Ridge Park is a great place for nature enthusiasts who wish to attempt a simpler trek that does not get you dirty yet allows you to enjoy nature in all its glory.
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A whole other world
Working at NUHS has its perks which includes the quiet jog to Kent Ridge Park. My colleague and I only discovered the park when we got lost while jogging/exploring around the NUH/NUS compound. Located somewhat near to NUH, it took us about 30 mins to jog there and were able to enjoy the scenery. Along the way, you rarely see any transports passing by, giving you an opportunity to breath in the clean air for a change. It can get rather deserted or "ulu" during the afternoon and evening, so I do suggest to have that hike/jog with a friend just incase.
One thing I like about the park is that not a lot of people actually know about it, and that they have designated walkway without all the mud and creepy crawlies everywhere. That's definitely a win-win situation in my books.
A really delightful park
Climbing to Kent Ridge park is via a zigzag path half way up to where you can choose from either gentle steps or another tree top walk. Both are nice, but of course, the tree top walk has the advantage of views across the rolling hills and quaint bungalows of Canterbury Road and Royal Road, York Road, Cornwall Road etc. Is there a whiff of colonial history here? You bet.
Kent Ridge Park has several lookout points offering views of the off-shore islands to the west. The National Parks people really maintain this place well. The trees, the shrubs, the flowers, orchids, birds, wildlife, the resting areas, the public toilet facilities, the water taps, the winding paths: all are neat and add up to a pleasant walk or, at an hour or so distance from Mount Faber, nice for a rest.
If you are a fitness fanatic, Kent Ridge Park has an abundance of fitness stations. Just past where Vigilante Drive (the access road) reaches the first car park, are a number of mountain bike tracks. Thoughtfully, these are also walkable, mostly on dual paths, and most un-Singaporean. Natural, winding paths, with no concrete!
Singapore has some wonderful parks. This is one of the best.
The 280m Canopy Walk is a worthy highlight of Kent Ridge Park. It's not often that I see a nature boardwalk that is designed for the folks on wheelchairs to enjoy, especially one that traverse the tree tops at a height. I guess this has something to do with the park's close proximity to NUH.
Besides offering great views from the Canopy Walk, Kent Ridge is also heaven to a hermit like me. It was sufficiently deserted that I don't feel threatened by the presence of another human being most of the time. When i was at the park, there was a deluge of living things all around me, and none of it was human. That's just the way I like it.
Except for the mosquitoes. They suck.
Not for the faint-hearted
Kent ridge park, also known as KR to mountain bikers is considered one of the more technical cycling trails in our island. I'm an avid mountain biker and personally, I'll definitely not suggest this place to new riders. This track is awfully technically and can carry scary speeds at certain sections.
Let me start of with the downside of the place. To reach the track, you've got one heck of a ride to the top. The roads are winding and there are plenty of blind spots where cars can come out of no where. Nevertheless, all this suffering brings us back to the main goal, the trail. The serenity of the place camouflages the actual technicality of the track. This track is strongly recommended for intermediate to expert riders who savior speed, quick turns and bumpy tracks. Though its a pretty short track, you'll definitely not stop at one ride down. Other than the track, there are places for you to just relax in the midst of nature, away from our bustling urban jungle that we're so used to.
Overall, I'd recommend this place to people looking for relaxation and tranquility. This place is truly a nature lover's paradise
A park to visit for exercise enthusiasts and night time strolls
I first came to Kent Ridge Park on a jog from NUS. As many of exercise enthusiasts in NUS may lament, the common running routes within campus is often roadside pavements, which are often occupied with exhaust emitting cars even late in the evening or at night. Thus, I recommend jogging from campus to Kent Ridge Park as it provides not only a beautiful alternate scenery of greenery and sky instead of buildings and cars, it also is a escape from harmful exhaust. More importantly, in contrast to other popular parks such as Macritchie Reservoir Park, Kent Ridge Park is far more serene - it features much wider paths and is largely untouched by visitors throughout most of the day. It is perfect for anyone who wishes to step away from the bustle of school life/work life and immerse in nature and fresh air. I have always enjoyed it as a place to be alone for quiet contemplation, my secret hideout of sorts.
As my secret hideout, I usually bring only one other friend to accompany me for jogs in the day. One time, we decided to visit the park at night instead. I found that at night, KRP offers a completely different atmosphere - one that is calming, peaceful, and even romantic. Strolling along its elevated bridges, we were able to set our gaze faraway and the scenery was wonderful. We also had the chance to see many fruit bats flying above our heads. As we stood atop the bridge/elevated walkway and paused, our worries were easily forgotten.
Breathtaking view, but difficult to get there
Kent Ridge Park is difficult to get to without private transportation. The nearest bus stop is at the foot of the hill and the lookout points are all near the top and the hike is not easy. Nevertheless, it is worth it, particularly at night when the entire skyline and horizon of ships light up for a spectacular, breathtaking view amidst nature.
Visitors should be warned that this little nook of nature comes with its downsides as well. Apart from poor accessibility, there are no eating facilities, so it is advisable to pack your own picnic basket. Then just sit back and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings and the lovely view.