Nature trail hikes to explore in Singapore
We all know about Singapore as the concrete and modern jungle that it is, but what about its greener side? For the nature lovers looking to sweat it out, there are a couple of different places you can go to explore on a free day or weekend! Here, we share with you some of the best nature trail hikes you can visit!
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve remains as one of the most popular sites for nature trails for most Singaporeans. As the go-to destination for exercises, hundreds of Singaporeans commonly head there every weekend to train and sweat it out. Most importantly, Bukit Timah Hill in the nature reserve is Singapore’s highest natural point. Because of its elevation, many vertical marathoners and expedition climbers head there as part of their training regime.
With trails that provide picturesque views of the Sea and Singapore’s skyline, the Southern Ridges is a nature trail that encompasses many little surprises along its route. It spans a total of 10km and connects itself to 5 other parks, namely, Kent Ridge Park, Labrador Nature Reserve, Hort Park, Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill.
But perhaps the most iconic section of the trail belongs to the Henderson Waves, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge. It is a great place to stroll along to get great views of the island. Once you’re finished with your trails, you can also head to places like Vivo City and Harbourfront Centre for a meal!
MacRitchie Reservoir and the TreeTop Walk.
MacRitchie Reservoir is one of the many reservoirs located in Singapore and it is also perhaps the most popular one around as well! It is home to many different nature trails that provide different sights and experiences! If you enjoy the waters, you can head to their boardwalk nature trail that meanders along the reservoir itself.
If you prefer your greens, you can also head to their nature trail within the forest where you’ll be surrounded by the plants and trees! The reservoir is also home to the TreeTop walk, a 250-meter long elevated suspension bridge that hangs above the forest floor.
Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve.
Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve provides a uniquely natural experience to the city dweller. It is Singapore’s largest mangrove forest and also an important site for conservationists to conduct research on the wildlife of Singapore.
As a mangrove and wetland reserve, Sungei Buloh is home to many rare species of flora and fauna! From mudskippers to migratory birds, you’re bound to come across something interesting along with your nature trail! Because of its elusive location, it is also a great place to get away from the city!
Punggol Promenade Walk.
The Punggol Promenade Walk is a lengthy 17km trail that comprises of many different little parks and connectors. Because it is a collective of many different areas, there are many areas for everyone to explore! There is a nature walk located between Punggol Point Walk and Riverside Walk for those hoping to get exposed to some greenery.
There are also many unique architectural structures placed around the trails that serve as great photo spots! It is also conveniently located near Punggol, where many newer estates are continuously being built. The walk also provides a gateway to Coney Island!
Getting around Singapore’s hiking trails are fairly accessible from MetroResidences‘ corporate serviced apartments. The apartments are located within a few minutes walk from transport amenities, helping business travellers cut down on commuting time from home to work. This factor can also be translated to convenience when it comes to exploring this sunny island!