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18 Hiking & Walking Trails In Singapore You Should Explore (Near Halal Food!)


Shasha Dania  •  Mar 06, 2020


[UPDATED 11 June 2021] If you're thinking of spending a day out in Singapore after Phase Two (Heightened Alert), why not head over to one of the many nature trails and hiking trails in Singapore to finally get some fresh air? 😁 With restrictions easing, you can now plan your next hike with your family or your friends as group of five too! Singapore may not have any mountains but there are still a handful of hills you can trek, and with the Park Connector system you can even make your way across the island if you're really thinking of testing yourself! To get you started on your outdoor adventures, here are the 18 best hiking and walking trails in Singapore, with halal food nearby! 😊 Remember to pack light and bring along your mosquito repellent, sunglasses, and a bottle of water to stay healthy and hydrated throughout your hike! #HHWT Tip: Before you go for your hike, do check out NParks' noticeboard for the latest updates on precautionary measures and areas which might be closed due to safe distancing measures.

Hiking trails for long-distance hikes

1. Coast-to-Coast Trail

Credit: Dewi Illyana If you're up for a challenge, the 36km Coast-to-Coast Trail is a good option! Starting from Jurong Lake Gardens and stretching all the way to Coney Island, there are 10 checkpoints along the whole trail. Throughout the trail, you'll get to see a different side of Singapore and explore new spots like the Lornie Nature Corridor, Sengkang Floating Wetlands and more. Check out our guide to the Coast-to-Coast Trail for tips, what to see and halal food along the way!

2. The Green Corridor (Rail Corridor)

Singapore’s Green Corridor (or Rail Corridor) has a great mix of nature, IG-worthy spots and history. It used to be part of Malaysia’s KTM railway line connecting Singapore and Malaysia. Even though the railway has ceased operations since 2011, parts of the 24-km route have been converted into a nature trail. The trail goes from Kranji to Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Holland, Tanglin and finally ending at Alexandra. While the Green Corridor will only be fully completed in 2025, you can still explore the corridor through a mix of dirt paths, designated pavements and remnants of the railway tracks. Check out our guide to the Green Corridor for more info on what to see, halal food along the way and more!

 Hiking trails for an educational/historic hike 

Nature, history, and heritage come together in several of Singapore's parks. From World War 2-era forts to colonial remnants to 20th-century pioneers, these are the trekking trails that will teach you about Singapore's past along the way.

3. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Home to Bukit Timah, this is the closest you'll get to a 'mountain' in Singapore. 😆 At 164 metres above sea level, this is the highest point in Singapore with 4 routes leading up to the top. Routes 1 and 2 are marked as 'easy', whereas routes 3 and 4 are marked as 'moderate' and 'difficult' respectively so you can plan your trek according to your own confidence level. The routes may get steep at times, but they're also full of wildlife so you can enjoy the walk on the way up. There is a bike trail for the more adventurous outdoorsman, and public walking groups are often organized to help you better appreciate the variety of native flora and fauna. Don't miss out on the stunning quarry at Hindhede Nature Park too! P.S. You can also visit the Dairy Farm Nature Park right next door, which includes the Wallace Trail!  Opening Hours:  Open daily; 7AM - 7PM Getting there: Beauty World MRT station, Hillview MRT station, or buses 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, or 961 Halal food nearby: Al-Azhar Restaurant Halal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Indian/Malay/Western/Thai Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-1AM Address: 11 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599736 Website | Facebook | Instagram Time For Thai Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Thai Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-1AM Address: 15 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599739 Facebook | Instagram Tenderfresh Classic Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Western/Local Opening hours: Sun-Thu; 11.30AM-11.30PM, Fri-Sat; 11.30AM-12.45AM Address: 9 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599734 Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. Civic District Monument Trail

 Singapore is a walkable place even in its more urban areas, meaning you can spend your day getting a good, leisurely workout in - and still see some of the city's cultural sites! Start along the Singapore River and the photogenic Cavanagh Bridge, and walk past the Victoria Lawn, Lim Bo Seng Memorial, and Cenotaph to finally end at the Civilian War Memorial. This is one of the shortest walks on this list, but it's full of stories from Singapore's history. P.S. Add in a visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum or National Gallery Singapore which are right next to this route! Museums have reopened since 26 June 2020. Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 Getting there: 5-15 minute walk from Raffles Place MRT, City Hall MRT, or Esplanade MRT stations Halal food nearby: Looking for halal food near the Monument Trail? Check out our article:

5. Fort Canning Park

Credit: chriskay on Flickr Located in downtown Singapore, Fort Canning Park and Fort Canning Hill within it are two of the most historic spots in the city. The park is scattered with military buildings - a remnant from World War 2 fortifications. There are actually several trails you can enjoy in the park including the Ancient History trail that passes by an archaeological dig area, and an old keramat (shrine) said to house the remains of Sri Sultan Iskandar Shah. For a more modern look at Singapore's past, the Colonial History trail will take you to a 9-pound cannon, a replica of an old lighthouse, and an underground bunker for an experiential step into the past. Check out our article for more! Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7, street lamps are lit from 7PM - 7AM Getting there: Fort Canning MRT, Clarke Quay MRT, or Dhoby Ghaut MRT stations Halal food nearby: Check out our article on halal food in Singapore's Civic District to find halal food options nearby!

Hiking trails for a scenic adventure

Conquering a trail at your own pace is fulfilling enough - being able to capture some scenic shots along the way makes it even better!

6. MacRitchie Reservoir Park TreeTop Walk

Credit: Schristia on Flickr If you're looking for a scenic sight, head to MacRitchie Reservoir Park's TreeTop Walk to trek to the top of Bukit Kalang. Standing 30 metres above sea level, you'll get a view of the forest canopy's flora and fauna from the TreeTop Walk itself. The Walk is a 250 metre-long suspension bridge, and while the walk up to it is slightly steep, what really gets your heart racing is when you're on the bridge itself 😮 P.S. Pregnant women, young children, and people who require mobility aids are advised against attempting this walk. If you have a fear of heights or a pre-existing heart condition, you are also advised against attempting the walk. Opening Hours (TreeTop Walk): 9AM - 5PM (Tues-Fri), 8.30AM - 5PM (Sat-Sun), closed on Mondays except for public holidays Getting there: Buses 52, 132, 163, 166, 855, and 980. Halal food nearby: Springleaf Prata Place Halal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Indian/Fusion Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-11.30PM Address: 1 Thong Soon Ave, Singapore 787431 Website | Facebook | Instagram Top 73+1 Fishball Legacy Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Chinese Opening hours: Thu-Tue; 8AM-8.45PM (closed on Wed) Address: 914 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787114 Facebook

7. Southern Ridges

The Southern Ridges are great for a panoramic view of Singapore that will still get your heart rate pumping. At over 9 kilometres long, it's one of the longest routes in Singapore and you can cover peaks such as Telok Blangah Hill and Mount Faber. You can even walk to the Labrador Nature Reserve, or find your way to the Harbourfront area to reach Sentosa! Make sure to visit the Henderson Waves along the way, apart from being the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, its distinctive 'rib'-like appearance makes it a great spot for a photo. Check out our guide to the Southern Ridges and Henderson Waves to find our more. Opening Hours: Check this link out  Halal food nearby: 786 Char Kway Teow Halal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Chinese  Opening hours:  Sat-Thu; 12PM-8PM (closed on Fri) Address: #01-28, 115 Bukit Merah View, Singapore 15111 For more halal food options, check out our guide to halal food near Singapore's Southern Ridges.

8. Pulau Ubin & Chek Jawa

For a step back into Singapore's past, nothing can beat a trip 'off-shore' to Pulau Ubin. Home to Singapore's last kampongs as well as the Chek Jawa wetlands, the island has a rich heritage and ecosystem waiting to be uncovered. Start your adventure to Chek Jawa by walking through the Pulau Ubin Tree Trail and spotting the fruit trees along the way - there are jackfruit, durian, jambu and more! There are various points of interest around the island such as quarries, and you can even rent a bicycle to explore the island. 😁 Check out our guide to Pulau Ubin here. Accessible Hours: Pulau Ubin can be accessed via bumboats from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The boats typically depart between 6AM - 7PM, and costs $4 per person one-way ($6 if you're bringing your own bicycle). There are no fixed departure times as boats usually only depart after they have 12 passengers on board). Address (Changi Point Ferry Terminal): 51 Lorong Bekukong Getting there (Changi Point Ferry Terminal): Bus 29 from Tampines Bus Interchange, or bus 2 from Tanah Merah MRT station Exit B, or buses 59 or 109. Halal food nearby: There's a Muslim-owned eatery called Melah Cafe right next to the Pulau Ubin jetty which sells halal food like nasi lemak, mee rebus, mee siam and mee goreng. The eatery opens on weekends and closes quite early by around 4.30PM. So, if you're heading to Pulau Ubin on a weekday instead, check out our halal food guide to Changi Village!

9. Jurong Lake Gardens

If you're planning a leisurely and scenic stroll in the West, Jurong Lake Gardens is perfect! Take in the breathtaking views of Jurong Lake or immerse yourself in nature at the scenic boardwalks. The Rasau Walk goes through a freshwater swamp habitat and there are over 50 species of plants. There are also plenty of IG-worthy spots from the lone tree to the Grasslands and more. Check out our guide to Jurong Lake Gardens to find out more! Halal food nearby: Fusion Spoon Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Western, Asian, Fusion Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 10AM-10PM, Sat-Sun/PH; 7AM-10PM Address: 102 Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore 618663  Facebook  For more halal food options in the Jurong area, check out our guide to halal food in Jurong!

Hiking trails near wildlife

Sometimes, it's what you see along the trail that matters. Singapore has a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, and being able to spot a cheeky macaque or a brightly coloured bird during your trek can feel like a huge success!

10. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Credit: cattan2011 on Flickr If you grew up in Singapore, you might have memories of visiting these wetlands and mangroves during a school excursion. 😁 Sungei Buloh is Singapore's first ASEAN Heritage Park and is an ecological haven for dozens of native wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled when you visit - you might spot anything from monitor lizards to mudskippers to otters! Guided walks are also offered every weekend so you can learn more about the flora and fauna. 🤩 Check out our guide to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to find out more! Opening Hours: Open daily; 7AM - 7PM Address (Visitor Centre): 60 Kranji Way, #01-00, Singapore 739453 Getting there: Bus 925 from Kranji MRT station (Mon-Sat), or bus 925 from Woodlands Interchange (Sun and Public Holidays). The  Kranji Express shuttle  also departs from Kranji MRT station daily. Halal food nearby: 555 Halal Thai Halal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Thai Opening hours: Mon-Thu; 11AM-2.30PM, 5PM-10PM, street vendors 12PM onwards daily Address: Gallop Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813 Contact: Whatsapp 88006997 (2 days in advance for reservations) Facebook | Instagram

11. Coney Island Park

One of the newer nature parks in Singapore, Coney Island is a more rustic experience to give you a break from hectic city life. The park is actually ecologically sustainable, with many nature elements reused to breathe new life into the area - timber from uprooted Casuarina trees were even turned into signage, seats and more! Look out for Pulau Ubin from the boardwalk, or cycle through the park connector to catch a glimpse of brightly-coloured birds, butterflies - and an occasional wild otter or macaque. 🙊Check out our guide to Coney Island for more info. Opening Hours: Open daily; 7AM - 7PM Getting there: Bus 84 from Punggol Interchange Halal food nearby: Kampong Chai Chee Restaurant Halal Status: Muslim-Owned Cuisine: Seafood Opening Hours: Open daily; 1PM - 10.30PM Address: 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-02 The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694 Website | Facebook

 12. Chestnut Nature Park 

For your 2021 goals, it's time to tackle Singapore's largest nature park - Chestnut Nature Park! This 81-hectare park stretches from Bukit Panjang to Bukit Timah and has both hiking and mountain biking trails along with plenty of opportunities for bird-watching or just soaking in the beauty of nature. 😄 There are 3 dedicated hiking trails in Chestnut Naure Park and each trail offers something different. Don't miss out the Observation Tower on the Northern Loop! Check out our guide to Chestnut Nature Park for more! Opening hours: Open daily; 7AM - 7PM Halal food nearby: Bukit Panjang Bukit Timah

13. Keppel Hill Reservoir

 Keppel Hill Reservoir is definitely one 'forgotten' spot that outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous nature lovers need to explore next! Located in the Harbourfront area near Keppel Hill Road, this abandoned reservoir might be what you need to inject some excitement into your weekend plans. Looking to wander off the beaten path? You'll be happy to find that the 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. 😍Check out our article on how to get to Keppel Hill Reservoir. Halal food nearby: Check out our guide to halal food near Singapore's Southern Ridges for halal food options!

14. Kranji Marshes

 Kranji Marshes is 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! Opening hours: Daily; 7AM-7PM Address: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2 Halal food nearby: 555 Halal Thai Halal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Thai Opening hours: Mon-Thu; 11AM-2.30PM, 5PM-10PM, street vendors 12PM onwards daily Address: Gallop Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813 Contact: Whatsapp 88006997 (2 days in advance for reservations) Facebook | Instagram

Family-friendly hiking trails

A day out with the family is always made better with some sunshine and fresh air 😊 Singapore's nature trails are super family-friendly, but here are some of the parks that have features that are especially great for the little ones!

15. Punggol Waterway Park

Cutting through Punggol Town, this park is perfect for all sorts of leisure activities across its 4 zones. Jog or cycle along its winding tracks and admire the waterside view along the promenade, or sit back and let the kids run wild at the public water playground. You can even rent your own inline skates or bike at Bikes @ Waterway located at SAFRA Punggol. 🚴‍♂️ Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7, street lamps are lit from 7PM - 7AM Getting there: Damai LRT station (via Punggol MRT station), or buses 3, 34, 43, 62, 82, 83, 84, 85, 136 (via Punggol Bus Interchange) Halal food nearby: Waterway Point Halal eateries: Encik Tan, Jollibee Fried Chicken, Fish & Co., Bali Thai, Tuk Tuk Cha, PappaRich, So Pho, Stuff'd, Tenderfresh Classic, The Soup Spoon Find out more on their website SAFRA Punggol Halal eateries: Heavenly Wang, Wing Zone

16. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore's very own UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Botanic Gardens is one of Singapore's largest and most gorgeous parks with several specialized gardens boasting a rich variety of flora and fauna. Families can enjoy a picnic on the grounds, or visit the Evolution Garden, Learning Forest or Jacob Ballas Children's Garden for a fun yet educational time with the kids. Check out our guide to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for more! Opening Hours: Open daily; 5AM - 12AM (Specific attractions may have varying hours) Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569 Getting there: Botanic Gardens MRT station or take buses 7, 77, 106, 123 and 174 from Orchard MRT station to the bus stop "Opp Botanic Gardens" Halal food nearby: The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens   Halal Status:  Halal-certified Cuisine: Western/Fusion/Fine Dining Opening Hours: Mon-Fri; 9AM-9PM, Sat-Sun; 10AM-9PM Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569 Website | Facebook | Instagram Fusion Spoon Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Western/Local/Japanese/Fusion Opening hours: Sun-Fri; 7AM-10PM; Sat; 7.30AM-10PM Address: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Rd, #B1-00, 259569 Facebook #HHWT Tip: If you're heading to Orchard after your walk at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, then check out these 16 halal restaurants at Orchard Road!

17. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Credit: Jimmy Tan on Flickr One of the biggest parks in Singapore's central heartlands, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park has lots of community spaces for a green day out with the fam! Whether you're cycling, jogging, or just enjoying each other's company you're sure to have a great time together 😊 Look out for the Bubble Playground, Adventure Playground, and Water Playground that younger kids are sure to love. Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7, street lamps are lit from 7PM - 7AM Getting there: Buses 50, 53, 55, 58, 71, or 262 from Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange or Bishan MRT station Halal food nearby: McDonald's Bishan Park Halal Status: Halal-certified  Opening hours:  Open daily; 7AM-12AM Address: 1378 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569981 Junction 8 (Bishan) Halal eateries: 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken, Maki-San, Prata Wala, Wok Hey, Fitra Chicken Rice, Halim's Sliced Fish Soup Find out more on their website AMK Hub (Ang Mo Kio) Halal eateries: Eighteen Chefs, Gosh! By Seafood Hunter, Prata Raya, Fish & Co., Heavenly Wang, Wok Hey, The Soup Spoon Find out more on their website

18. Tampines Eco Green

With open grasslands, freshwater wetlands and a 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. 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. Opening hours: 7.30AM-7.30PM Directions: To get here, go along the park connectors from Sun Plaza Park or Tampines Biking Trail. Halal food nearby: Check out our halal food guide to Tampines for halal food options. No matter where you are on the island (or even off-island if you decide to visit Pulau Ubin! 😉), you're never too far from a green route where you can stretch your legs, get an easy workout in, and being out in the fresh air and sunlight! 😊