One of the most ‘urban’ of these trails is the Southern Ridges Walk. The trail keeps you close to the city’s buildings and roads, while giving you some of the best and most interesting views of Singapore. It’s also a great walk for most fitness types because the trail is paved.
Follow the signs from Kent Ridge Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park, a shady green space, then head up to Mount Faber on the treetop walk. You'll see gorgeous views of Singapore's western coast and the iconic Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge. Once you're atop Mount Faber, take in the expansive city views and refuel at one of the restaurants. Mount Faber is a great starting point to get into Sentosa via cable car, or to explore the bustling Harbourfront area.
For something more out of the way, check out Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. It’s one of Singapore’s most interesting spots, and home to wildlife such as monitor lizards. Migratory birds also use the reserve as an important stop, making it one of the region’s premier sites for birdwatching at certain times of the year. As you wander around mangrove swamps and traverse bridges, you might catch a glimpse of the wild crocodile that’s been sighted in the area!
One of Singapore’s most famous walking and hiking trails is the Green Corridor, which formerly housed the railway line that connected the old Singapore-Malaysia railway. Choose from six different trails to walk; each one offers unique sights that include forests, grasslands, farms, bridges, marshes and streams.
Saying you’ve been in a primary rainforest in the middle of the city can only be achieved in two places in the world: Brazil and Singapore. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is home to a range of trails that take you up the hill to Singapore’s highest point. Choose the trail that suits your level of fitness and begin your climb; look out for monkeys and monitor lizards, and prepare to be fascinated by over 840 species of flowering plants and 500 species of fauna.
If walking by the water is more your thing, try MacRitchie Reservoir. The walk is tamer than what you’ll find in Bukit Timah, but it’s peaceful and scenic. Instead of wetlands and wildlife you’ll see well-kept grass and pathways, as well as groups of joggers, families having picnics, and people walking their dogs.