Hiking in Singapore - 10 Hiking Trails For That Little Dose of Adventure
With a sheer number of parks and nature reserves located far from the cityscape, this tiny Island has something in-store for adventure enthusiasts too in addition to its year-round attractions and a stunning Skyline. Spare a day and branch off the line of tourist's attractions, hiking in Singapore along these trails.
Located on the Sentosa Island, this 'Cement Hill' commands over wartime relic 'Serapong Fort' built by the British army in late 19th Century which is one of the major reasons why one would never mind climbing up the Serapong. This colossal fort, despite being an ancient historic building, has remains of two gun batteries constructed in the early 1800s including the mysterious tunnels and an underground room which the place is still known to have definitely makes it worth the tour. This place serve as a treat for both, history and nature lovers.
Far from the hustle and bustle that Singapore is, and to take a nice break from pavement beating the traffic and heat, this is the perfect blend of cocktail for nature lovers as well as hiking enthusiasts. The 'tree top walk' is scenic; an escape to nature in the middle of a busy city and the trail is facilitated by a water ranger station, where people can refill drinkable water in their water bottles and appropriate mobile network which proves to be a comfort to the tourists. On the way, the tourists experience a panoramic view of the impressive MacRitchie reservoir surrounded by rubber trees and remnants of the plantations from 19th Century.
Difficulty level: Beginner
Time Required: 3-4 Hours
Distance: 3-5 kilometres depending on the trail to Reservoir
This trail is perfect for an adventurous soul looking for a jungle hiking experience in Singapore. The park is isolated from the busy city life and its annoyances and makes anyone feel like an experienced hiker because of the moderate difficulty and inconsistency in paths. A trip to Dairy Farm without visiting the 'Wallace Trail' is certainly incomplete and one can definitely feel a sense of tranquillity at the end of the park where lies 'Singapore Quarry Park' - an ideal spot for the rock-climbing enthusiasts and photographers.
This hike in Singapore consists of bridges connecting parks along the southern ridge of the city. The various trails at Southern Ridges offer panoramic views of the southern part of Singapore and the Southern Islands. The 'Henderson Waves' trail being the highest pedestrian bridge with its impressive architecture is connected to 'Alexandra Arch' through a 1km trail generally known as 'Hilltop Walk'. Southern Ridges are also known to offer stark beauty - a path lined with flowering plants forming a gateway to the gardening hub known as 'Hort Park'. Southern Ridges, with its dynamically changing surroundings as one proceeds, are known for recreation purpose and an ideal venue for bird-watchers and eco-tourists.
A perfect blend of cocktail for historical and recreational experience, this iconic hilltop landmark is said to have witnessed Singapore's history to where it stands today. One of the most sought-after venue for concerts and musical evenings for tourists, it is situated in the southeast portion of the Island. The place has an interesting wartime history with an underground bunker known as 'The Battle Box' and 'Sally Port' as major attractions. The place is always lined up with various recreational activities including historical, educational and cultural events covering all age groups. It is also known to have 'Spice Garden', made with the sole purpose of Singapore's agricultural development with spices like clove and nutmeg.
A natural area where six interdependent ecosystems are known to meet and mix, Chek Jawa is among the rare places with a natural rocky shore in Singapore and is situated on the Pulau Ubin island between Singapore and Malaysia. The recent development in the area enables the visitors to get close to the biodiversity including botanical and marine life with the pleasant boardwalk along the coast into the Mangrove area, including a viewing tower meant for observing birdlife and Canopies. The place is known to have abundant natural creatures, rare plants and migratory birds, the reason why it proves to be irresistible to any photographer, nature lover or hiking enthusiast visiting Singapore.
Bukit Timah Summit, known to be the highest natural point in Singapore, is a hilly region with a temperature cooler than rest of the City-state, probably the reason why Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has proved to be the most sought-after place amongst Singaporean hikers. The trail consists of steep slopes which can prove to be challenging for few.
Alternatively known as 'Pulau Serangoon', this Island is located off the north-eastern coast of Singapore and is among the popular places for Jet skiing and camping, which has however led to severe water pollution. Coney Island Park is home to a wide range of habitats including coastal areas, mangrove swamps as well as grasslands. The land here is undeveloped with a rustic environment offering a stark beauty making the experience one of a kind for any visitor. This place is a perfect example of the phrase-'Hiking isn't for everyone', with no water points, sand flies everywhere, the inner path quite rocky covered with gravel and dirt terrain, and a single toilet on the whole island but has got a lot more to offer the visitors for that perfect hike in Singapore.
An ecological site renowned worldwide, this place serves to be a retreat for nature lovers. Experience the stunning natural wildlife and an increased chance of bird sightings, watching them migrating to Australia during the peak seasons if you can take a day off from the chaotic life and want to know what the age-old method of harvesting prawns in the tide seems like.
Mount Faber, formerly 'Telok Blangah Hill', is located in the Central region of Singapore and is one of the parks connected through the southern ridges. The tower on the Mount Faber forms a part of the cable car system connecting HarbourFront and Sentosa, offering a panoramic view of HarbourFront. The highlight includes the reservoir which was known to be a source of water provision for Singapore city back in 1905, presently with its surrounding rustic-raw landscape, slippery tracks covered with overgrown bushes which definitely adds fun to the hike.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Elevation: 105 meters
Set yourself free, far from the hustle and bustle of the city and hike up as the journey never ceases to amaze anyone and has got something for everyone. Happy Hiking!