Lace-up your walking shoes and get ready to head out for a hike in Singapore. There are plenty of varied walking trails and hikes in Singapore. These range from treks through the tropical rainforest to coastal walks by the sea.
Hitting the walking trails and going for a hike in Singapore is a great way to get in a balance of exercise and time with family and friends. It allows you to get a ground-level view of Singapore and the chance to get up close to parts of Singapore that you may never otherwise be able to see.
Here is our pick of 15 of the best treks, walking trails and hikes in Singapore that you should experience at least once.
15 of the Best Walking Trails and Hikes in Singapore
MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore’s oldest reservoir. From MacRitchie Reservoir Park, there are two sets of boardwalks that provide waterside treks. Trekkers can take the Chemperai Boardwalk and Jering Boardwalk along the water’s edge heading out and return through the forest using the Lornie Trail. Alternatively, at the other side of the Park, close to the kayak rental kiosk, are the Prunus and Petai Boardwalks. These are also waterside boardwalks which provide nice views of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
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Labrador Park-Bukit Chermin Boardwalk
Start off this family-friendly and stroller-friendly walk from Labrador Park. Take a stroll along the seaside promenade at Labrador Park, past the replica of the Dragon’s Tooth Gate and on to the Bukit Chermin Boardwalk. From the Bukit Chermin Boardwalk, you will be able to the only remaining rocky coast on the Singapore mainland and, if you visit at the right time, some of the creatures that live there.
Windsor Park-Treetop Walk
A must-do trek in Singapore to the Treetop Walk at the Central Catchment Area. This is a challenging 3-to-4-hour walk. Starting off at Venus Drive, make your way along the boardwalk of Windsor Park before hitting the Peirce Track to arrive at the Treetop Walk suspension bridge where you can see the waters of Upper Peirce Reservoir in the distance. After crossing the bridge, it is a downhill trek along the Petaling Trail and back to Venus Drive.
Stretching out from Mount Faber to Kent Ridge Park is the Southern Ridges walk. This well-marked hike in Singapore is relatively easy, save for the distance. It can also be covered in shorter stretches and features various landmarks along the route.
Bukit Timah Hill Summit via Caves Road
No list of walking trails and hikes in Singapore would be complete without mention of the ascent up Singapore’s “Mount Everest”. Most people will take the route up the Main Summit Road to get to the top of Bukit Timah Hill. To get a look at the forest of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, we recommend making a detour off the Main Road and taking the Caves Road, which will bring you past some old caves chiselled out of the hill, en route to the summit.
Dairy Farm Loop
Dairy Farm Nature Park includes walking trails that lead to the Singapore Quarry and the Wallace Trail. For a more vertically-inclined challenge, take the Dairy Farm Loop. This walking trail is categorised as “Difficult” because of its steep ascent up the foothills at the base of Bukit Timah Hill. However, you will feel a sense of accomplishment once you have completed it. Be mentally prepared for plenty of stair-climbing.
Coney Island Park
Take a trek along gravelly paths at Coney Island Park. This island off the coast of Punggol has been kept in a natural state. You can walk under casuarina trees and explore less-visited beaches at the park. To extend your trek to Coney Island Park, you can also pay a visit to Lorong Halus Wetland and push on to Pasir Ris as well.
When most people think of Sentosa, they think of swanky beaches and fun attractions such as the luge. However, not too far away from all these attractions is a very different side of Sentosa. The Mount Imbiah walking trail winds its way through the secondary forest leading to an old British military structure and Mega Adventure Park. It is a chance to experience nature on Sentosa.
Marina Bay Walk
Take an easy urban walk around the Marina Bay. This easy walk takes place on pavement, making it suitable for those with strollers. Landmarks along this walking route include Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, The Float at Marina Bay, the Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands, Red Dot Design Museum, the Promontory, Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Hotel, Merlion Park and the Jubilee Bridge.
Changi Coastal Walk
The Changi Coastal Walk follows the shoreline off Changi. This trek in Singapore is made up a variety of walking paths including boardwalks, beachside walks and grassy trails. From the Changi Coastal Walk, you can view kelongs in the distance and ships sailing past. End off your trek at Changi Village for a meal or drinks with family and friends.
Cross-Botanic Gardens Walk
Most people visit Singapore Botanic Gardens focus on one or two attractions only. To experience the variety of environments that Singapore Botanic Gardens has to offer, take a walk from the Tanglin Gate to Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. Along the way, you can pay a visit to attractions such as the National Orchid Garden, the Learning Forest, the Healing Garden and more. With well-paved routes, this is a walk-in Singapore that can be done even with strollers.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Pay a visit to the wetlands found in the Northwest of Singapore. The walking trail at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve consists of a gravel path that circumnavigates the Reserve’s tidal pools. Keep a lookout for wildlife. Besides birds and monitor lizards, other creature you may be able to spot include the estuarine crocodile, otters and horseshoe crabs.
Ubin Town To Chek Jawa
To relive those kampong days, pay a visit to Pulau Ubin. Experience the rustic life on the island by first paying a visit to Ubin Town. Once you have stocked up with supplies, take a trek from Ubin Town to Chek Jawa. Along the way, you can view old kampong houses, an orchard and imagine life in the old days.
Orchard Road to Marina Bay
This urban walk is a trek along Singapore’s shopping areas. Starting from Scotts Road, take a walk past the malls of Orchard Road to arrive at the Bras Basah district. Along the way, take a break from the urban-ness at Istana Park before proceeding past Esplanade Park and on to the Marina Bay precinct. End the journey that started off along Orchard Road at Singapore’s “new orchard”, Gardens by the Bay.
Singapore River Walk
Follow in the footsteps of history along the Singapore River. Start from Merlion Park, walk past Esplanade Park and historic monuments around the Civic District such as Victoria Concert Hall before proceeding onwards towards Clarke Quay. Carry on along the “Belly of the Carp” and you will arrive at Kim Seng Bridge, where some consider as the source of Singapore River.
BONUS: Chestnut Nature Park to Windsor Nature Park
For those who are seeking a REAL challenge or looking to do some serious hiking in Singapore, try making your way from Chestnut Nature Park to Venus Drive. Starting off at the Northern Loop of Chestnut Nature Park at Bukit Panjang, make your way to Chestnut Avenue and connect to Zhenghua Nature Park. Zhenghua Nature Park connects to Dairy Farm Nature Park. Skirt Bukit Timah Hill by heading past the Singapore Quarry and connecting to Hindhede Nature Park. Follow the Kampong Trail before joining Rifle Range Road. The Rifle Range Link leads into the Central Catchment Area and to the Sime Track that eventually leads out to Windsor Nature Park and Venus Drive. Be warned – this route is for SERIOUS trekkers only!