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10 Picturesque Hiking Trails In Singapore That’ll Make You Forget You’re Exercising

Hiking and the hot, humid weather in Singapore are probably two things that do not complement each other. Some folks might even call you “crazy” if you suggested a hike. Well, hiking can actually be a breath of fresh air, away from the majority of the concrete jungle that is Singapore.

Other than the sole purpose of exercising, hiking in Singapore also offers scenic views that you would not fathom exist right here in our tiny country. Here are 10 Singapore hiking trails that are so picturesque, they’ll make you forget you’re exercising:

1. Kranji Marshes

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Tucked somewhere in the northwestern region of Singapore, Kranji Marshes takes you away from the bustling city life to enjoy the tranquillity of nature.

As one of the largest freshwater marshes in Singapore, the area offers a range of natural habitats for you to bask in. It is home to more than 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies!

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Rated as one of the easier hikes, this trail is a great choice for those who are new to hiking. What makes this hike even better is the Raptor Tower you’ll spot en route.

Who says you’ll only get to see plants and leaves when you hike? Climbing to the top of this tower will give you sweeping views of Kranji Marshes and Kranji Reservoir.

Opening Hours: 7am to 7pm (Daily)

Kranji Marshes: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718814

2. Dairy Farm Nature Park

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Dairy Farm Nature Park is probably one of the more unknown trails in Singapore, yet it offers the peace and serenity you’d want when exercising. A mountain biking trail is available here as well for bike enthusiasts to explore – those on foot are not advised to take this trail.

For those planning on walking, the Wallace Trail is ideal for nature lovers, bird enthusiasts and families to venture along. It will take approximately an hour to finish the trail before you can make your way to the other end of the park.

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There lies the Singapore Quarry Wetland and you’ll be rewarded with a glimpse of the picturesque cliff walls surrounded by calm waters. This spot looks really similar to another famous one we often hear of in Singapore, and that’s next up on the list.

Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm (Daily)

Dairy Farm Nature Park: 100 Dairy Farm Rd, Singapore 679057

3. Bukit Batok Nature Park

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Bukit Batok Nature Park is home to Xiao Guilin, the famous cliff wall that makes for such a majestic backdrop to the large lake. Developed on an abandoned quarry site in 1988, this nature park is no stranger to eye-catching views.

Many people hike or run here on a daily basis and furthermore, there is no fixed trail. That’s probably one reason why people keep coming back to explore different routes. You can pay your respects to the fallen soldiers and victims as well at the Bukit Batok Memorial that’s situated within the park too.

Opening Hours: 24/7

Bukit Batok Nature Park: Along Bukit Batok East Avenue 2 and Bukit Batok East Avenue 6, Singapore

4. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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A more “natural” alternative to the gym, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve will give you a legs day you’ll never forget. This reserve contains the tallest hill in Singapore, Bukit Timah Hill, which stands at 163m. With steep slopes and a trail that only inclines further as you make your way forward, it is the perfect workout for your lower body.

Follow the signs as you enter to reach the Summit Trail. There, it will take about 40 minutes to ascend to the top. As you make your way up, look out for native flora and fauna around. That is if you can even take the fatigue from climbing off your mind.

Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm (Daily)

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: Hindhede Dr, Singapore 589318

5. Fort Canning Park

Popularly known as a venue where concerts, theatre productions and festivals are held, Fort Canning Park is a nature park right in the middle of the urban district. Unlike other hikes which consist mostly of nature, this one walks you through Singapore’s history. Keep an eye out for the site of Sir Stamford Raffles’ former home as you wander up the pathways.

There are a total of nine gardens and more than four trails available for you to take on, and most of them cross over each other at some point.

Opening Hours: 24/7

Fort Canning Park: River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037

6. Coast-To-Coast Trail

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For those seeking the highest level of hiking in Singapore, this is probably it. The all-new Coast-to-Coast Trail stretches 36km across our island, connecting nature areas and parks. Starting from Jurong Lake Gardens in the west to Coney Island Park in the northeast, it is quite an unforgettable experience.

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You’ll be surrounded by beautiful, natural scenery the whole time that’ll help distract you when the going gets tough. This is one for the seasoned veterans of hiking and certainly not for beginners. Under the crazy heat of Singapore, it’ll truly be a feat if you finish this trail.

Opening Hours: 24/7

Coast-to-Coast Trail: Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore

7. North Eastern Riverine Loop

Since we are on the topic of the toughest trails in Singapore, the North Eastern Riverine Loop is not as taxing as the Coast-to-Coast Trail, but still packs a challenge. This trail is 26km long and it follows the coastline of Punggol Beach, linking up nature sites as well as open spaces around residential areas in the northeast.

Get to explore the less-travelled side of Singapore with waterways and panoramic views greeting you along your journey. A variety of waterside birds are also present in the area alongside vibrant plant life as this trail blends both nature and urban architecture together.

Opening Hours: 24/7

North Eastern Riverine Loop: 342 Hougang Ave 7, Singapore 530342

8. Southern Ridges

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Offering scenic views and a good setup for exercising, Southern Ridges is no stranger to any Singaporean planning on hiking. With 10km of green, open spaces connecting five parks, these ridges cater to hiking enthusiasts, photographers, and families planning a sunny day out.

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Apart from the variety of flora and fauna that you’ll see throughout the trail, the Henderson Waves bridge serves as one of the highlights. Standing tall at 36m, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.

The setting is perfect for you to soak in the incredible views from up above and take a break from all the walking once you are there.

Opening Hours: 24/7

Southern Ridges: 109 Mount Faber Road Faber Peak, Singapore 099203

9. Upper Pierce Reservoir Park

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A serene and tranquil park that surrounds the reservoir, Upper Pierce Reservoir Park will truly make you feel like you’re in a different country. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the catchment area and bask in the scenic views especially during sunset.

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One thing to note though: there is a significant number of monkeys in the area, so do keep your belongings in check.

Continuing down the trail will lead you to Lower Pierce Reservoir where there is a 900-metre boardwalk along the edge of the reservoir. Get ready to be captivated by the amazing sights that this place has to offer, and you’ll be forgetting your muscle aches in no time.

Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm (Daily)

Upper Pierce Reservoir: 72 Old Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574051

10. MacRitchie Reservoir

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MacRitchie Reservoir is no stranger to the hiking scene and is visited by many nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. If you want to surround yourself with the serenity of the reservoir amidst lush greenery, there are two trails available for you – a 3.2km one and 4.8km one.

But for hikers seeking a more challenging option, head for the 10km one instead that takes you around the entire reservoir. You’ll get to see macaque monkeys, squirrels and monitor lizards as well, but just remember to guard your belongings!

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Thrill-seekers can look forward to the 250m-long Treetop Walk that offers a bird’s eye view of the canopy (and the animals if you are lucky). It is probably the best way for you to end your hike with such a view, especially after navigating through the uneven terrain to get there.

Opening Hours for the Park: 24/7

Opening Hours for Treetop Walk: 9am – 5pm (Tuesday to Friday); 8.30am – 5pm (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays)

MacRitchie Reservoir: Lornie Road, Singapore 298717


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