[Updated: 24 June 2021]
Hiking has been a very popular activity lately and thankfully, Singapore is blessed with plenty of hiking and nature trails. If you’ve visited the popular hiking trails in Singapore and wondering where else to hike, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of 5 hidden hiking trails in Singapore that you should add to your list!
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1. Tampines Eco Green
With open grasslands, freshwater wetlands and lush forest, it’s hard to believe that you can find such an oasis in the midst of the Tampines housing estate! The Tampines Eco Green is where you can catch some fresh air and a respite from your busy schedules during a morning or evening walk. There are no paved walkways here so you can really immerse yourself in the wilderness here. You can also spot some otters swimming in the ponds and plenty of birds. The hike here is suitable for beginners and you can easily complete it in 1.5 hours.
Directions: To get here, go along the park connectors from Sun Plaza Park or Tampines Biking Trail.
#HHWT Tip: Do note that there are no lights at the park, so it will get dark after 7pm.
2. Berlayer Creek Boardwalk
The Berlayer Creek Boardwalk is where you’d find one of the two remaining mangrove swamps in Southern Singapore! As part of the Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk and the Southern Ridges, there’s rich flora and fauna here, from mangroves to rocky shores and mudflats. Take a walk on the boardwalk to get close to the mangroves and listen to the sounds of birds and crickets as you move along. There are several lookout points along the way for you to just stop and soak in the natural atmosphere. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot some macaques and squirrels! Once you’re done with this trail, head over to the Bukit Chermin Boardwalk to get a stunning view of Sentosa and the sea!
Directions: To get here, take exit A of Labrador Park MRT Station.
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3. Kranji Marshes
You might not be able to travel now but you can definitely explore Singapore’s “countryside” in the Lim Chu Kang area. Here’s where you’d find the Kranji Marshes, one of the largest freshwater marshes in Singapore! Instead of the lush vegetation that you’d normally find in other hiking trails in Singapore, the scenery at Kranji Marshes is different. You’d be greeted with sprawling marshlands and grasslands here, which makes it perfect for a photo opportunity! The atmosphere here is peaceful and rustic, and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped out of Singapore for a while. For those of you who enjoy bird-watching, there are over 170 species of birds here. Don’t forget to climb up the Raptor Tower to get a panoramic view of the Kranji Marshes and Kranji Reservoir! Need some hydration? Bring along a bottle of Ice Mountain in its new sustainable and recyclable packaging. With its compact size, it’s convenient to bring around and there’s a cap too so you can easily carry it in your bag when you hike.
Directions: To get here, you can either drive to Neo Tiew Lane 2, or take the Kranji Countryside Express shuttle bus from Kranji MRT Station.
4. Lower Peirce Reservoir Park
Often overshadowed by MacRitchie Reservoir, why not head to the underrated Lower Peirce Reservoir Park for your next hike? The Lower Peirce Trail will bring you through lush secondary forests and along the edge of Singapore’s second-oldest reservoir. Take in the fresh air and admire the breathtaking views of the reservoir while you’re here! We recommend entering the park through the Lower Peirce Trail Entrance or the Costus entrance along Old Upper Thomson Road and enjoy the forested areas before making your way to the reservoir. This beginner-friendly 4km trail is perfect for a leisurely hike with friends and family! Don’t forget to bring a bottle of Ice Mountain drinking water. It’s a healthier alternative to sugary drinks and it also has the Health Choice Symbol (HCS) by Health Promotion Board.
#HHWT Tip: If you’re visiting the park in the evening, don’t miss out on a scenic sunset shot here!
Directions: To get here, take bus 163, 167, 169, 855 or 980 and alight at the bus stop nearest to the Sembawang Hill Food Court. Walk along Old Upper Thomson Road towards the entrances.
5. Chestnut Nature Park
You might have been to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, but the Chestnut Nature Park nearby is not to be missed too! A popular spot for mountain biking, the park is also a great spot for hiking. The park is split into two parts and both are worth a visit. The Northern Loop is beginner-friendly, with a few slopes while the Southern Loop has a mix of terrains and landscapes. Both trails are largely forested areas, but if you’re on the Southern Loop, expect to find a lake, a fallen log, rocky paths and more. On the Northern Loop, you can catch a bird’s eye view of the greenery from the Observation Tower. If you’re in for an adventure, head over to the Nature Trail which consists of dirt tracks, durian trees and a rushing stream.
Directions: You can get to Chestnut Nature Park either through Chestnut Ave along Petir Road or by walking from Zhenghua Park in Bukit Panjang.
6. Keppel Hill Reservoir
Located in the Harbourfront area near Keppel Hill Road, Keppel Hill Reservoir might be what you need to inject some excitement into your weekend plans. Keppel Hill Reservoir was around as early as 1905, but disappeared from Singapore's maps from the 1950s and 1960s onwards. It wasn't until 2014 that it was even 'rediscovered' and began to become a popular trekking spot for those looking to wander off the beaten path. Compared to other 'abandoned' attractions in Singapore, it's also one of the easier ones to get to. Keppel Hill Reservoir's untouched area makes it a sanctuary away from the city, with bright green foliage and a stunning pool of water that looks like it came out of a fairytale. ? Perfect for an afternoon just relaxing with your adventure buddies!
Directions: You can get to Keppel Hill Reservoir either through Keppel Hill Road or from The Heritage Tree near Seah Im Food Centre.
7. Pearl's Hill City Park
Here's another park that you might have missed. Located in the Chinatown neighbourhood, Pearl's Hill City Park is a lush green space that is perfect if you need a break from the bustling city. Built around a reservoir on top of a hill, the park is a great place to take a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here, you'll find a small reservoir at the top of the hill and a stunning view of the city skyline ?
Directions: You can get here by a 5-minute walk from Outram Park MRT Station.
The next time you go hiking, time to skip the popular hiking trails and head over to these 7 hidden trails in Singapore instead! With abundant greenery and plenty of flora and fauna to spot on your hike, it’s time to get away from the bustling city.
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