Most of us are familiar with popular hiking spots like MacRitchie Reservoir or Mount Faber. But if you prefer to explore something non-mainstream, Hindhede Nature Park is a lesser known family-friendly hiking trail that is tucked away next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
It is home to some of the most exotic birds in Singapore and a quarry, not to mention easy walking trails so you can bring your whole family hiking here.
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Paved trails make this an easy hike for eldery folk and children alike
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Hiking doesn’t just need to be for fitspo folks. Hindhede Nature Park is beginner-friendly for those who prefer a leisurely stroll amid lots of greenery. That’s because the park has fairly easy and short hiking trails.
Expect a mixture of paved trails, wooden platforms, and dirt trails for those who want to be in touch with nature. For the keen explorer, it takes roughly 30-45 minutes to explore all of the park’s hiking trails.
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The park also has a kid-friendly obstacle-course, with climbing nets and swings made from tires.
Kids will definitely love the zipline at the playground
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Finally, if you are tired and looking for a place to rest and refuel, there’s a picnic area that provides shade from the sweltering heat.
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It takes only a 10-15-minute walk to get from the park entrance to the highlight of the park: the majestic Hindhede Quarry. Like a scene out of ancient Chinese Wuxia shows, the towering rock cliffs and lush greenery will get you back in touch with nature.
Back in the day, the quarry apparently used to attract daredevils who’d climb the quarry walls before plunging into the deep cool waters. Now, it remains a picturesque spot for visitors to take pictures and upload onto social media.
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For animal lovers, the park is home to a rich plethora of wildlife. Popular among bird enthusiasts, Hindhede Nature Park hosts exotic birds like the Banded Woodpecker and the Straw-headed Bulbul.
The smaller size of the park means that different species of birds can often be spotted in close proximity to each other. You wouldn’t need to search for long before being greeted by one of the park’s magnificent avians.
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Other animals that can be found here include the Plaintain Squirrel, Clouded Monitor Lizard, and the Flying Lemur.
A day of hiking doesn’t have to comprise uphill battles when you pay a visit to Hindhede Nature Park. For those who want a leisurely stroll, this park is an excellent place to enjoy nature and unwind. Just remember to bring along some sunblock and mosquito repellent.
Getting there: Alight at Beauty World MRT station and head towards Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The entrance to Hindhede Nature Park is located right behind the Visitor Center at the base of Bukit Timah Hill. It can be easy to miss, so keep a lookout for the big rock that says Hindhede Nature Park.
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