This story was first published on September 9, 2020, and updated on June 29, 2021.
If the novelty of spending your weekends at shopping malls and attractions are starting to wear off on you, why not take some time to appreciate the beauty of nature that Singapore has to offer?
In case you haven't noticed, Singapore boasts abundant green spaces that are incredibly accessible—after all, we are known as a Garden City. Even better, the nature trails and parks will give you a meaningful workout in the company of gorgeous flora and fauna.
Ready to venture outdoors? We pick out some of the best nature trails to explore.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Best for: Serious hikers
When it comes to hiking, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve always comes to mind. After all, the nature reserve is also one of the oldest—dating back to 1883—and the home to Bukit Timah Hill, the tallest natural hill in Singapore at 163m tall. The reserve thrives with about 40 per cent of the country’s native flora and fauna, boasting an abundance of wildlife such as the Singapore freshwater crab, long-tailed macaque, Sunda pangolin and the Blue Bronzeback snake.
If you are up for the challenge, the summit trail is a 1.4km hike with a moderately steep incline that will take between 30 to 45 minutes to complete. If you prefer to cycle, however, the reserve also boasts the oldest mountain biking trail in Singapore, which snakes around the old granite quarries and secondary forest of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Do note that the 7km track requires intermediate to advanced skills in biking.