Walking & hiking trails in Singapore
Sure, Singapore may be teeny tiny. We don’t have our own Alps, or the extremely long Trans Bhutan Trail. That’s not to say explorers have to sit on their bum bums and wait for their vacation to embark on their next adventure.
Our little red dot happens to be pretty green, with loads of nature parks we can pop by. We’ve got easy peasy hikes as short as 0.4km to challenging ones stretching 150km. Young or old, beginner or fitspo, there’s going to be something for you in the mega-list of 50 walking and hiking trails below:
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1. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – Fastest way to our highest peak
The closest thing we have to a mountain in Singapore is Bukit Timah Hill, and it’s nestled in the 163-hectare rainforest of one Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Starting from the visitor centre, the Summit Trail will take you straight to top in 45 minutes or less.
You’ll be starting off the hike with a steep climb, which eventually tempers down to a much more manageable amble. While this trail is suitable for physically fit adults and teens, those with difficulties walking are recommended to sit this one out.
Getting there: Take buses 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961 and alight opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre and Opp Beauty World Ctr. Or, head to Beauty World MRT and take exit A and walk towards Hinhede Drive.
2. Hindhede Nature Park – Mini-ziplines & quarry views
A gentler alternative to the Summit Trail, Hindhede Nature Park has a more family-friendly climb with slower inclines and well-defined footpaths. The little ones can go ham at the playground, which sports enough swings, trampolines, and mini-ziplines to keep them tickled. It’s right beside Bukit Timah Nature Reserve too, so it won’t take a separate hike to get here.
There’s also a dreamy view of the Hindhede Quarry from the 1900s that’s just a couple minutes away from the carpark.
Getting There: Alight at Beauty World MRT and head towards Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The entrance to Hindhede Nature Park is located right behind the Visitor Centre at the base of Bukit Timah Hill.
3. Dairy Farm Nature Park – Hike to the highest point of Singapore
Despite its name, Dairy Farm Nature Park may no longer have farms – but it does have trails for avid and beginner hikers alike. If you’d like to take it slow, try the Wallace trail. Extended in 2020, this 2.2km trail has a flatter terrain with abandoned huts and a viewing deck along the way.
Go-getters can take on the Dairy Farm Loop that leads up the highest point in Singapore – Bukit Timah Hill summit. This trail, though only 1km, is an arduous journey and deemed ‘difficult’ by NParks – so attempt at your own risk.
Distance: 2.2km (Wallace Trail) | 1km (Dairy Farm Loop)
Difficulty: Easy | Hard
Getting there: From Carpark A or B at Dairy Farm Nature Park, follow the signs pointing towards the Wallace Education Centre and the Singapore Quarry.
4. MacRitchie Loop – Hike around Singapore’s largest reservoir
With a 25m-high suspended bridge, waterfront boardwalks, and lookout towers, MacRitchie Reservoir Park has it all. Nature lovers will find an extensive 11km-13km trail that loops around Singapore’s largest reservoir, for an outdoor adventure that doesn’t feel like Singapore.
HSBC Treetop Walk.
Seeing as there aren’t much high rises and towering BTOs in sight, it’s the perfect place to escape the city. The one downside? It can get pretty crowded during weekend mornings, but for hiking rookies, this can be a good thing. For one, you won’t get lost – since you can simpy follow everyone else.
Getting there: Enter via MacRitchie Reservoir Car Park, which is a 12-minute walk from Caldecott MRT. Alternatively you can enter the trail via Windsor Nature Park.
5. Bay East Garden – Unobstructed views of SG’s skyline
Probably one of the most scenic routes on the list is none other than Bay East Garden. While it’s not much of a hiking trail, it’s a great location for a morning or evening stroll. Conveniently linked via park connectors from East Coast Park, Bay East Garden is a relatively easy spot to get to, with gorgeous views of the Kallang Basin and CBD in the distance.
This route gives you the best of both nature and the city.
Getting there: Take bus 158 and alight at Opp Costa Rhu Condo. Alternatively, you may travel here via MRT and alight at Bayfront station.
6. Clarke Quay River – Beginner-friendly urban hiking trail
A refreshing change from traditional hiking spots amid nature, this route takes you through the heart of Singapore’s urban landscape – Clarke Quay River.
The trail is essentially a loop of Clarke Quay’s waterfront, taking you past Boat Quay and the Coleman and Elgin Bridges. En route, keep a look out for the murals that line Clarke Quay’s underpasses, making them Instagrammable pit stops to get some photos in.
While more experienced hikers may not get a kick out of this city route, it’s a nice break from the usual parks and nature reserves we’re used to exploring. Office workers in the CBD can bookmark this for a quick lunchtime walk too.
If you’re heading here with bae or the fam, throw in a river cruise for the ultimate experience with this Singapore River Walking and River Cruise Tour.
Getting there: Take Exit E from Clarke Quay MRT station.
7. Bukit Brown Cemetery – Find whimsical trees & abandoned cars
You’ve probably heard of the hidden “Avatar trees”, which gives off massive Indiana Jones vibes. Getting here involves a trek on an unofficial trail from Bukit Brown Cemetery, and you can follow this secret Avatar Tree trail guide on how to get there. Past these whimsical trees, you’ll find more unique greenery that you can photograph for your next Instagram post.
Up ahead, the terrain is much trickier to hike. It’ll be worth the challenge as you’ll find the path splits into 3. The first 2 lead to spots with abandoned cars that have been at the mercy of mother nature. The 3rd path leads to the Xinhengshan Pavilion Dabogong Temple, that’s over 130 years old.
Difficulty: Medium to hard
Getting there: Take bus 855 from Commonwealth MRT and alight at Aft Kheam Hock Road bus stop. Walk 10 minutes to Bukit Brown Cemetery.
8. Thomson Nature Park – Abandoned buildings overgrown with vines
Thomson Nature Park barely needs an introduction; you may immediately recognise it from its characteristic ruins of a 1930s Hainanese village. Best part is, you don’t need to be #fitspo to see the ruins in all their glory. The trails at the park are relatively beginner-friendly, and you just have to follow the Ruins & Figs Trail (1.5km) to spot the tiled walls dotted with moss and vines.
Don’t end your journey here, though. Thomson Nature Park has several other easy trails to conquer. The Streams & Ferns Trail (1.4km) is where you can spot some wildlife like frogs and turtles, and there are a couple of other short trails where you can check out an old rambutan plantation and see wild macaques.
Distance: 1.5km (Ruins & Figs Trail) & 1.4km (Streams & Ferns Trail)
Getting there: Walk 2.3km from Lentor MRT, or take buses 138, 167, 169, 860, 980 to either Aft Tagor Dr or Bef Tagore Dr.
9. Windsor Nature Park – Elevated bridgewalk in Bishan
Nestled in the heart of Bishan, Windsor Nature Park will appease those seeking a challenging hike with a jungle vibe. The mix of cobbled pathways and rocky terrain with ups and downs makes this trail one of the most exciting that requires steady footing.
Multiple freshwater streams lead to the marshlands where a variety of wildlife awaits you. Everything from tiny mudskippers to monkeys and squirrels, which the trail is named after, reside along the path so remember to have your camera ready to snap some nice pictures.
Getting there: Take buses 132, 163, 165, 167, 855 from Upper Thomson MRT station and alight at Opp Flame Tree Park. Walk for 4 minutes.
10. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park – Riverside jogging trails
Being one of the biggest parks in Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is sure to provide lots to see and do. Apart from a 3km park long river, the park also has scenic jogging trails with a stunning view of the biodiversity in the park.
Not only is the park filled with natural beauty, it also has a unique sculpture that only enhances the aesthetic of the park. Take a detour down to the therapeutic Gardens, within the park, which is specially designed to stimulate your senses with 4 different themed segments.
Distance: Over 3km
Getting There: Take buses 71, 133, 136 and 262 and alight at either Opp Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex, Teck Ghee Court or Opp Block 315.
11. Lower + Upper Peirce Reservoir – Scenic sunrise hike
Lower Pierce Reservoir.
Image credit: @zul_samian via Instagram
If there’s one thing we can tell from IG location tags, you’ll have a good chance of catching a scenic sunrise at the Upper and Lower Peirce Reservoirs. Start your journey at Lower Pierce, where you can catch the pavilion looking stunning at dawn, before continuing over to Upper Peirce. Both reservoirs lie side by side and are connected via a forest-y 4km road.
Getting there: From Bright Hill MRT walk 1.7km along Casuarina and Jacaranda Roads. Alternatively, take buses 163, 167, 169, 855, and 980 and alight near Sembawang Hill Food Court.
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12. Canopy Trail – 100-year-old trees & suspension webs
Image credit: @gilmangirl via Instagram
As its name suggests, the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Canopy Trail is lined with towering trees that are believed to be more than 100 years old. Begin your journey at Canarium Drive, and follow the track till you reach the Keppel Discovery Wetlands.
Image credit: @zella.zanana via Instagram
Along the way, see if you can spot any big reptiles and forest fruits. For those who aren’t afraid of heights, stop by the Canopy Web situated high up at tree level to channel your inner Tarzan. Do remember to hang tight to small belongings, because it’s a long way down.
Getting there: Enter the park from the Botanic Gardens MRT, and start from Canarium Drive.
13. The Southern Ridges – 5 parks in 1 hike
X-in-1 deals have always been like a siren song to Singaporeans, which is probably why The Southern Ridges is a hiking favourite here. The 10km trail meanders through Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve – that’s 5 parks in 1 efficient stride.
You’ll never get bored of the scenery here either, because it’s always changing. One minute it’s a sweeping panorama from Mount Faber, and a couple of steps later, it’s the IG-famous Henderson Waves. There are plenty of rest stops along the way for you to catch your breath too.
Getting there: Take the Circle Line or North East Line to HarbourFront MRT Station. Marang Road is beside exit D of Harbourfront MRT.
14. Marang Trail – Short flight of stairs leading up Mount Faber
Image credit: Jerry Wong via Flickr
It’s no secret that Mount Faber is great for a breath of fresh air and scenic views. In order to get to the peak by foot, take the Marang Trail up from Harbourfront MRT. It’s only 0.4km long, but it’ll give you quite the workout as it mostly comprises a flight of stairs. Nevertheless, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery so there’s no lack of oxygen here.
Image credit: Rafael Frias via Alltrails
The climb won’t be for naught because you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the city. You can continue forward towards the Henderson Waves bridge or head back down to VivoCity.
Getting There: From Harbourfront MRT, take Exit D and head towards Telok Blangah. The trailhead is a 4-minute walk away.
15. Sentosa Imbiah Trail – Uncover natural waterfalls
Sentosa might not be the first place that comes to mind when discussing hiking trails, but it’s home to the Imbiah Trail that is famous for its waterfalls. There are 3 of them, all of which are natural and are considered one of the island’s best-kept secrets.
And since Sentosa was once a part of the British military’s coastline defences, there are plenty of installations – such as the Mount Imbiah Gun Battery – that have been either refurbished or preserved. Remnants like a 10m-tall lookout tower gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of the ocean – a good place to snap some shots of the blue sea peeking through the greenery.
Those who want an in-depth guided experience can check out this Imbiah and Fort Siloso Trail tour.
Getting there: Take Sentosa’s Intra-Island bus A or C from Resorts World Sentosa and alight at Imbiah Lookout stop.
16. Sentosa Coastal Trail – Ocean view with historical artefacts
The Coastal Trail in Sentosa offers visitors the sea breeze and an unobstructed view of the ocean. The route comprises paved roads and has plenty of benches so it’s a much easier walk compared to the dirt path and uneven terrain of the Imbiah Trail.
The path is also littered with historical landmarks like totem poles that were once part of the old ferry terminal. And if you keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot the ruins of a jetty that was used by the British during wartime that is located several metres from the shore.
To deep-dive into the hidden gems and history of the area, hit up this Southern Coastal Trail tour.
Getting there: Take Sentosa’s Intra-island bus A or C from Resorts World Sentosa and alight at Siloso Point.
17. Labrador Nature Reserve – Photogenic waterfront trail
Right at the southern tip of Singapore is Labrador Nature Reserve, the only place where you’ll find a rocky shore and the Red Beacon, a lifeguard tower lookalike that is used to guide ships.
There’s a playground behind the Beacon that hides a former WW2 pillbox that was once used by the British and a replica of the Dragon’s Teeth Gate, a gateway to Keppel Harbour as well.
For those who love nature and history, this Southern Coastal Trail tour will uncover all there is to love about the Labrador Nature Reserve..
Getting there: Alight at Labrador Park MRT station and simply follow the signs. You can also reach Labrador Park via Berlayer Creek Boardwalk or through Labrador Villa Road. Both paths will take you to opposite ends of the park.
18. Berlayer Creek & Bukit Chermin – Mangrove boardwalks
Berlayer Creek Boardwalk.
Image credit: NParks
Nature lovers know that mangroves in Singapore are perhaps the best place to observe wildlife in all their glory. Exotic birds, crabs, mudskippers, monitor lizards, snakes, and even crocodiles – you name it, mangroves have it. To kill two (figurative) birds with one stone, head over to Berlayer Creek and Bukit Chermin for a calming walk over water.
Bukit Chermin Boardwalk.
Berlayer Creek Boardwalk brings you through the mangroves itself and even has an iconic lighthouse. Bukit Chermin Boardwalk, on the other hand, takes you out of the mangrove and onto the waters of Keppel Bay. The distance between the two is about 950m.
Distance: 960m (Berlayer Creek Boardwalk) & 330m (Bukit Chermin Boardwalk)
Getting there: From Labrador Park MRT, walk 8 minutes along Labrador Villa Road and Port Road to Berlayer Creek Boardwalk. From there, walk 950m to Bukit Chermin Boardwalk.
19. Keppel Hill Reservoir – Discover a hidden reservoir
Explore the Seah Im Bunker, which has been long abandoned since WWII. The journey begins through a gap in the fence at Seah Im Carpark. The trail there is not hard to follow, though you’ll have to traverse rocky terrain. Afterwards, train your thunder thighs up a steep hill, with ropes to aid your climb.
At the top, you’ll find Keppel Hill Road with abandoned buildings – one being the No.11 Keppel Hill House which was allegedly an atas mansion in the 19th century. Down the beaten path, Keppel Hill Reservoir awaits you. Take a break at this “secret garden” with teal blue waters.
Before you reach the top, choose to exit at the carpark – or take the challenge uphill and discover the tomb of a Japanese naval engineer from the 1940s. Then, exit at Mount Faber Peak and enjoy the view of luscious greenery and cable cars.
Getting there: From Harbourfront MRT exit D, walk 9 minutes to Seah Im Carpark.
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20. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – Spot wild crocodiles
You might remember Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve from a school excursion back in the day, and perhaps it’s time you jog that memory. There are several routes you can explore here, and plenty of wildlife to greet you. Climbing up the Aerie Tower along the Migratory Bird Trail will help you spot marsh sandpipers and little egrets, plus a sweeping view of JB in the distance.
The star of the reserve is the Eagle Point Boardwalk from the Coastal Trail, whose iconic pavilion has been no stranger to our IG stories.The reserve is known for its wild crocodile spottings too – just keep your distance and your eyes peeled for them.
Distance: 1.3km (Coastal Trail) | 1.95km (Migratory Bird Trail)
Getting There: Take bus 925 from Kranji MRT station and alight at Kranji Reservoir Carpark B.
21. Kranji Marshes – Bird observation deck & shelters
Kranji Marshes boasts big biodiversity, especially that of birds – which is why bird-watchers often flock here. Tread the boardwalk up to the Raptor Tower, where you can view birds such as the Changeable Hawk-Eagle, identified by the distinct dark feathers on its head.
Along the way, you will find lookout and observation shelters where you can find information on birds and observe them from a good distance. There are also many photo ops with beautiful natural landscapes such as the bridge at Kingfisher Burrow.
Getting there: On weekends and public holidays, take the Kranji Farms Shuttle bus – accessible with a $5 pass. This bus makes stops around Kranji to places like Kranji Marshes and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves.
22. Zhenghua Park – Hiking spot in the heartlands
Nestled in between the BKE and Bukit Panjang, Zhenghua Park is suitable for Northies that don’t want to travel far. The trails here also connect to Bukit Timah Nature Park and Chestnut Nature Park should you feel like going on a longer hike.
Walking trails here are partially paved and surrounded by greenery, providing you with some shelter from the sweltering heat on sunny days out. Do be careful hiking here as some sections of the walking trails are frequented by mountain bikers.
Getting there: Take buses 972, 171, or 187 and alight at Bukit Panjang Road (Blk 270). Take a 5-minute walk to the entrance of the park.
23. Woodlands Waterfront Park – Promenade stroll with nearby resto
At the edge of Malaysia, I mean Singapore, lies Woodlands Waterfront Park. It spans 5km, so there’s more than enough ground to cover here. With a long waterfront promenade and jetty that overlooks the straits, you’re shore in for a breezy time while you’re there. It’s also a good spot to catch an unobstructed view of the sunrise and sunset.
If you get hungry during your long walk, head on down to Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant which is conveniently located right in the middle of the jetty and chow down on local and western favourites.
Getting There: Take bus 856 and alight at Bef W’Lands Waterfront Pk or Aft W’Lands Waterfront Pk.
24. Admiralty Park – Spot rare species of bugs
Besides its popular mega playground, Admiralty Park also has one of the easier walking trails for those who want to get a glimpse of Singapore’s wildlife.
Though a short hike at 2km, you can spot various bugs – even rare ones such as the arthur’s midget found on mangrove trees. You can identify it via the blue stripes on its body. Other sightings include the big atlas moth and long-tailed macaques.
Getting there: Take bus 856 from Woodlands North Station bus stop. Alight one stop later at After Woodlands Waterfront Park bus stop and you’ll see Admiralty Park.
25. Yishun Pond Park – Boardwalk trail overlooking the pond
Yishun Pond Park is one of the many waterside trails in Singapore, where Northies can catch some calming views of the Yishun Pond. The 1km trail here is perfect for a quiet stroll with its fair share of greenery and boardwalks. Be sure to stop by the sculpturesque lookout tower for an IG shot or two.
Getting there: From Yishun MRT, take a 10-minute walk along Yishun Central.
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26. Coney Island – “Secret” beach & mangroves with wildlife
Aside from being a popular spot for hikers, Coney Island has a unique diversity of environments that is blended together perfectly. There are 5 different beaches scattered across the paths that are accessible by foot or bicycle.
And if you’re planning to explore the wild side of the island, the mangroves are the perfect place to do so. The boardwalk allows you to enjoy the serenity of the environment without wrecking your shoes, and you can easily spot wildlife like mudskippers and a family of boars.
Getting there: From Punggol MRT, take Exit C to get to the bus interchange. Board bus 84 and alight at Punggol Road End, then take a ~10 minute walk along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to reach the West entrance.
27. Punggol Waterway Park – Walk along a wandering man-made river
Spanning 12.25 hectares, Punggol Waterway Park has 4 themed sections so you’ll never get bored while trailing the park. The themed zones include a Green Gallery with plenty of greenery to admire and a Recreation Zone with a fitness centre and sand and water play area suitable for all ages.
There’s also a Heritage Zone which is reminiscent of Punggol back in the good ol’ kampong days and a Nature Cove where visitors can admire Punggol’s waters. The park is also filled with one-of-a-kind bridges that make for great photo spots.
Getting There: From Damai LRT, walk 5 minutes towards southeast entrance of the park. You can also take buses 3, 34, 43, 62, 82, 83, 84, 85, 136 to Punggol Bus Interchange which is a 9-minute walk to the northwest entrance of the park.
28. Sengkang Riverside Park – Wetlands with fruit-themed boardwalk
As its name suggests, Sengkang Riverside Park has nothing short of scenic views over serene waters. The many trails here are beginner-friendly and perfect for a stroll, especially for those who love to spot wildlife such as birds and dragonflies buzzing around. Take your time, because the park spans 210,000sqm so there’s plenty to see.
Take a breather – and lots of pics – at the fruit-themed boardwalk. The kiddos will probably love it here. Then, wander forth to the northern end of the park to find lalang fields in all its glory.
Getting There: From Farmway LRT, walk ~7 minutes towards Sengkang North Bridge. Alternatively take bus 374 to Blk 338A and walk across to the park.
29. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park – Water play area for kiddos
Bring your active kiddos down to Lower Seletar Reservoir Park because this gem in Yishun has plenty of space for them to run free. Besides taking a breezy stroll along the 1.5km loop, families can bring the young’uns to splash around at the water play area here.
The water play area.
Else, take a breather and admire the view of the waterfront. You’ll likely be able to spot kayakers and fishermen doing their thing here.
Getting there: Walk 12 minutes from Khatib MRT, or take bus 117 to Opp Blk 816 or Blk 816.
30. Upper Seletar Reservoir Park – Landmarks like a “Rocket Tower”
Not many of us share Elon Musk’s passion of going “to the moon”. Still, you’re sure to have a blast when you visit a rocket-shaped lookout tower. A stroll along Upper Seletar Reservoir will take you past the 1969 Seletar Rocket Tower, which is open 24/7.
Take a leisurely walk along the ~2km trail, or chill and chit-chat on one of the water-facing benches. Those training for a marathon can also extend their journey by continuing down Mandai Road, to Lower Seletar Reservoir.
Getting there: Upper Seletar Reservoir Park is best accessed by car. The nearest MRT is Springleaf, a 1.9km walk away. Head north, up Upper Thomson Road and turn left at Mandai Road, and left again at Mandai Road Track 7.
31. Seletar Aerospace Park – View private planes taking off
If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard of places like Wheeler’s Estate or Wildseed Bar located at Seletar Aerospace Park. But the place has much more to offer than just a collection of awesome restaurants; there’s a boardwalk where visitors can sit and have a nice picnic while enjoying the view of planes from a private airport.
The nearby Hampstead Wetlands Park is also worth visiting, with an Amazonian feel to the place and tons of birds like hornbills and buffy fish owls – perfect for bird-watching enthusiasts.
Getting there: Take buses 103 or 117, and alight at Aft/Bef Baker Street bus stop.
32. Puaka Hill – Bali-like quarry views on Pulau Ubin
Bali’s Nusa Penida? Not quite.
There’s no denying that Pulau Ubin is a great spot for cycling but the next time you visit, explore the island on foot for a more intimate experience with nature. Puaka Hill is a short walk from the main jetty, followed by and an easy 10-minute hike up.
At 75m above sea level, this peak is the highest point of Ubin, with views stretching past the bright blue quarry below, and into the distance.
Getting there: Take a 10-minute bumboat from Changi Ferry Terminal to get to Pulau Ubin. From there, walk 1.8km towards Merbah Hut. The entrance to Puaka Hill is behind the hut.
33. Chek Jawa Wetlands – Views that don’t look like SG
Overseas vibes in Singapore? You know we love them. Head over to Chek Jawa Wetlands on Pulau Ubin to detox from city life and soak up relaxing views of the waterfront. Here, you’ll get to tune into nature while spotting a variety of mangrove critters such as colourful birds, starfish, and mudskippers.
For stellar views of the surrounding island, head up the Jejawi Tower
P.S. For peace of mind, book a tour of Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa to explore all of Pulau Ubin’s best gems.
Getting there: Take a 15-minute bumboat ride from Changi Ferry Terminal. Once you reach Pulau Ubin jetty, you can walk, cycle, or take a van to Chek Jawa Wetlands, located 3km away.
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34. Changi Bay Point – Picturesque views of the sea
If you’re looking for a photogenic trail, then Changi Bay Point would be the perfect candidate. Sure, it may be out of the way for our Westie friends out there, but rest assured that your trip to the East will be well worth it.
Picturesque views are 10/10 here throughout the whole 3.6km trail which features 2 cycling bridges for extra photo opportunities.
The hike here will mostly be on flat pavement, so don’t expect to be bushwhacking through unmarked paths. The trail is also connected to East Coast Park and Changi Beach Park for those wanting to continue the route.
Getting there: Hop on bus 35 from Tanah Merah MRT, alight at Bef Changi Ferry Road and walk 5 minutes to the park entrance.
35. Changi Jurassic Mile – Kid-friendly with dinosaur statues
Image credit: Changi Airport Group
The Changi Jurassic Mile is a fun reimagining to what life would be like if we were living amongst dinosaurs. This 1km stretch is adorned with life-like dinosaur installations on both sides, making it a fun spot for younger families.
Image credit: @petfriendssg via Instagram
With Changi Airport nearby, planes taking off aren’t a rare sight here. The airport is also home to various dining options to refuel after your hike. If you don’t feel like walking, bicycle rentals are available from East Coast Park, and you can ride your way to the Jurassic Mile from $10/hour.
Getting there: Take the MRT and alight at Changi Airport and head towards Terminal 2. Follow the signs and walk 2km to the Changi Jurassic Mile.
36. Pasir Ris Boardwalk – Mangrove trail for wildlife lovers
Image credit: Steven Ong via Google Maps
For the kiddos who love animals, the Singapore Zoo or Night Safari aren’t your only options. With mudskippers, chickens, and otters, the Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk is a great alternative for Easties looking for an uncaged experience with animals.
The quaint 6-hectare mangrove park also has a 3-storey-high bird watching tower from which we’ve spotted woodpeckers and swallows. It’s no wonder that the part is often filled with birdwatchers with giant cameras, vying for the perfect shot.
After you walk, add-on a quick horse feeding detour at the nearby Gallop Stable. Read our guide to Pasir Ris Park for a breakdown of the area’s activities.
Getting there: Walk 10 minutes from Pasir Ris MRT.
37. Tampines Eco Green – Quiet east-side enclave
If you’re someone who loves being one with nature, check out Tampines Eco Green. The park consists of 3 different trails: the diversity trail, marsh trail, and forest trail. All these trails are well suited for novice hikers or those who just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle.
Make sure to get a good look around while you’re there to catch a glimpse of the beautiful biodiversity in the area like colourful butterflies and sultan dragonflies.
Getting There: Take buses 15, 46, 969 and alight Opp Blk 638A.
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38. Chestnut Nature Park – Largest nature park in Singapore
If you’re all about “bigger is better”, you may very well appreciate the fact that Chestnut Nature Park is the biggest of its kind in Singapore. It’s larger than 110 soccer fields, so you know you’ll be totally surrounded by nature.
That’s not to say that the nature trails here are too lengthy for the casual hiker. Beginners will be at ease on the Northern Loop that’s literally a walk in the park. But if you prefer a more challenging terrain complete with inclines and rocks, go for the Southern Loop. For easier exploration, rent a bike (from $15/hour) to explore the park.
Distance: 3.5km (Northern Loop) & 2.1km (Southern Loop)
Difficulty: Easy (Northern Loop) | Medium (Southern Loop)
Getting there: Take buses 700 or 966 and alight at Block 202 on Petir Road. Walk 15 minutes along Chestnut Avenue to get to the park.
39. Rifle Range Nature Park – Singapore’s newest park
Banyan Trail – 647m.
You may have been elated as were to hear that the authorities have somehow managed to find space for yet another park. For those who’ve already explored many of the others, check off a new experience at Singapore’s newest green space. Rifle Range Nature Park has 4 trails winding through it, adding up to 7km of stone paths and boardwalks to explore.
Don’t miss its pièce de résistance, the 31m-high Colugo Deck, which offers panoramic views of the quarry below.
Getting there: Take the MRT to Beauty World Station and enter the park from the overhead bridge connected to level 4 of Beauty World Centre.
40. Bukit Batok Nature Park – WW2 war memorials
If you’re a beginner looking to get some steps in, then Bukit Batok Nature Park is the place for you. With clear pathways, no elevation gains, and views that’ll take your breath away, the trail is a good place for fitspo newbies to start.
Stop for pics at the scenic quarry.
The park is also where the Syonan Chureito and British Memorial Cross once stood before they were destroyed after the war. Today, you can look out for the book-shaped WW2 memorial plaque atop Bukit Batok Hill.
Getting there: Take buses 157, 174, or 66 and alight at Blk 288C. Walk along Bukit Batok Avenue 6 to get to the park.
41. Bukit Batok Hillside Park – Abandoned “torii” gates
In a city of new, “abandoned” is not a word you hear of very often. For a relic of the past that isn’t in a museum, try Bukit Batok Hillside Park. Dilapidated tables, wells, and artificial rocks make this look like a scene out of The Walking Dead. Navigate broken boardwalks and wander under a shelter frame that resembles a Japanese torii gate.
The hiking route starts from Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 and cuts through a thick forest. Warning: this requires some serious jungle bashing – so it’s best if you visit with proper hiking shoes and a hiking stick for the hilly portions. You may also have to make some detours as last we visited, a part of the jungle was undergoing construction.
Getting there: Walk 10 minutes from Bukit Gombak MRT along Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 towards the park.
42. Clementi Forest – Rugged trail with surreal views
Clementi Forest isn’t your typical Singaporean hiking trail. Mostly untouched by development, this is where avid explorers can get down and dirty with trails that weave through thick foliage and unpaved ground.
If you’re heading here, we recommend to do so just before sunrise to catch stellar views of the forest. Also, be sure to check the weather before going, as the trail gets muddy after rain.
Getting there: Take buses 52, 61, 74, 75, 151, 154, and 184 to Opp Ngee Ann Poly, where the trail’s entrance is. Alternatively, walk 15 minutes from King Albert Park MRT.
43. Jurong Lake Gardens – IG-worthy sculptures, boardwalks & fields
Jurong Lake Gardens has it all – lalang fields, play zones, sculptures, boardwalks and of course, tons of photo ops. This 90-hectare heartland oasis is the latest in a line-up of national gardens, and a must-visit for both active families and shutterbugs.
The garden features several terrains, including solid pavements, boardwalk beams, gravel footpaths, and grassy plains, plus little to no inclines. While you’re here, look out for the unmissable Lone Tree sculpture and Rasau Walk, a crimson boardwalk that suspends over a pond that’s perfect for some birdwatching.
Getting There: Take Exit C from Lakeside MRT station and take a 10-15-minute walk to Jurong Lake Gardens.
44. Jurong Railway Line – Hike along an abandoned railway
You can hike along old train tracks in the vicinity of an HDB estate in Jurong. Your trek starts from a short and dark tunnel at Clementi Road, where you’ll thread along part of an abandoned railway. This trail is mostly shaded, making it ideal for the vampires in our society who dislike the sunrays.
The 40-minute trek through the forest and the bridge across from the truss bridge is fairly shaded. Plus, walk under an Instagrammable walkway shelter with rainbow-coloured pillars on the way to the Sunset Way Railway Tracks.
Getting there: From Clementi MRT Station Exit B, take buses 52, 154, or 185 to Maju Camp. Walk 3 minutes to the railway tunnel.
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45. Eastern Coastal Loop – Free sightseeing option at Gardens By The Bay
Who says you need to get out of the city in order to get some fresh air and eyefuls of greenery? At the Eastern Coastal Loop, you’ll get just that, plus the comfort of a proper tarred road on which you can cycle or skate. Else, a stroll (2-3 hours) is just as good, and you can take in the dramatic Marina Bay skyline in the background.
The trail takes you through areas such as East Coast Park, Marina Barrage, and goes past the domes of Gardens by the Bay, to name a few.
Check out Npark’s map of the Eastern Coastal Loop.
Getting there: Take bus 11 or 158 to Tanjong Rhu Promenade. You can reach this area from Stadium MRT which is a 10-minute walk away.
46. Coast-to-Coast Trail – 36km-long across Singapore
Image adapted from: NParks
Did you know that you can actually walk the entire Singapore? It may take you 7 days to conquer 120km, but here’s an alternative that can be completed in a day if you’re up for a challenge. Spanning a whopping 36km is the Coast-to-Coast Trail that brings you diagonally across Singapore from Jurong Lake Gardens to Coney Island Park.
There are 10 checkpoints you can take a breather at, including the quarry pools of Bukit Batok Nature Park and the manicured greenery of Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Getting there: Walk 3 minutes from Lakeside MRT to Jurong Lakeside Gardens, which is the first checkpoint of the trail. Check out NPark’s map of the Coast-to-Coast trail for different entry points.
47. Pipeline Trail – Massive pipes that look like a sci-fi scene
No prizes for guessing how the Pipeline Trail got its name. Yep, pipes – massive ones, at that – are what you’ll be seeing as you traverse landscapes that span grassy terrains and paved roads.
Image credit: @cykiclee via Instagram
The 10km trail is a feat in itself, but outdoorsy folk will probably enjoy passing by Bukit Timah Nature Reserve en route. Remember to slap on lots of sunscreen and bring a hat and shades, as a good chunk of the trail takes place on open grassy terrain.
Getting there: From Marsiling MRT, walk 10 minutes to Block 413A on Woodlands Street 41. The trailhead is opposite the block.
48. Green Corridor – Explore an old KTM railway line
Once upon a time, there was a KTM train that chugged through Singapore. Today, the defunct railway has been transformed into the Rail Corridor, also known as the Green Corridor. The walking paths here feature a relatively flat terrain, and will be around 24km long when it’s fully upgraded in 2024, and is split into 3 parts:
- North Rail Corridor: 10km
- Central Rail Corridor: 4km
- South Rail Corridor: 10km
Image credit: @wennie_chai via Instagram
As it gradually opens in phases, there’s already plenty of things to see and do, including a revamped Bukit Timah Railway Station, new cafe, and boxy “train carriages” that make for great photo ops at the Central section.
Distance: ~14km – for Central and South sections
Getting there: Enter via one of the >30 access points.
49. Round Island Route – 75km of linked park connectors
Phase 1 of the RIR.
Image credit: NParks
Launched in early 2022, the Round Island Route (RIR) currently features a lengthy 75km of linked Park Connectors. Starting from Rower’s Bay Park and ending at Berlayer Creek, this takes you on a well-paved adventure around the Eastern side of Singapore. New features you’ll see along this trail are a cycling bridge at Sengkang Riverside Park, and a pretty park connector node at Changi.
If a 75 klick walk sounds out of reach, hop on a bike instead. The well-paved paths make for a great bike adventure you can complete in a day.
Distance: 75km (to be extended to 150km by 2035)
Getting there: To get to Rower’s Bay Park, take bus 117 from Khatib MRT Station and alight at Aft Shell Aviation, West Camp Road.
50. Round-Singapore Trail – 150km trail for the true fitspos
Image adapted from: SGTREK
The king of SG trails is none other than the Round-Singapore Trail, which takes you on a long adventure along the circumference of our little red dot. Brave hikers who attempt this will touch ulu tips on every end of the country, from Changi Beach Park, to Tuas Lamp Post 1.
Unless you have Superman’s quads, it’s impossible to complete this in a day. Most split it into 2, 3, or more sessions to fully appreciate the experience at a leisurely pace. You can read our interview with someone who completed this 150km walking trail for some insights before giving it a shot yourself.
Getting there: We recommend starting the trail somewhere near your home.
Embark on a local adventure on foot
Some sun, a little sweat, and a little exercise can only do us good. Stretch those quads, pick out your favourite activewear, and choose a route you’ve never tried before. Or, roll a randomiser with your hiking buddies if you’re up for something impromptu.
More inspo so that you never run out of places to hike in Singapore:
- Dog-friendly hiking trails in Singapore
- Picnic spots along Singapore hiking trails
- Kid-friendly hiking trails in S’pore
Cover image adapted from: @kongwife.sg via Instagram
Original article published on 21st December 2022. Last updated on 13th April 2023.
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