7 Most Dog-Friendly Hikes in Hong Kong
Looking for new places to spend some quality time with your furry friend? Bring them along on your next hike for some much needed bonding time and exercise
Looking to explore the great outdoors? Lucky for us, Hong Kong is a hiking mecca. But we don’t have to experience the city's hiking wonders just for ourselves.
Why not start your hike on the right paw and bring your dog along? We rounded up the most dog-friendly hikes in Hong Kong for you and your furry friend to enjoy.
The best way to describe Twin Peaks is short but challenging. So if you are your pup are ready to up your fitness game, this trail is for you. True to its nickname, “Terrible Twins” for the number of strenuous steps you have to take. You’re definitely up for a challenge.
Along the way, you’ll be blessed with beautiful valley views and lush greenery. There are plenty of bushes around for your pup to take cover from the summer heat. The trail passes through Tai Tam Country Park, Repulse Bay, and Stanley which guarantees incredible views of the city's mountains and skyscrapers.
Distance: 5.2 km
How to get there: To get to the starting point, catch buses 6, 41A, 76, 63, or 66 to Nai Chung Reservoir Park and get off at Sinopec Gas Station. Walk a couple of steps up to Tai Tam Reservoir Road where the hike begins
Aberdeen Country Park
Aberdeen Country Park is one of the oldest country parks in the city. You’re in for a bit of an adventure because there's a lot of different paths you can take. The most scenic one may be section four, the Lady Clementi's Ride, which offers majestic views of Aberdeen Reservoir.
This trail also takes you into the forests of Wan Chai Gap all the way to Mount Cameron on the Peak. Make sure you take in the beautiful vistas and flora. As an added treat, Aberdeen Country Park is the only one in Hong Kong that has picnic areas that serve as a great rest stop along the way.
Distance: 5.5 km
How to get there: Take the MTR to Wan Chai Station (Exit D). Walk to Hopewell Centre on Queen's Road East and walk further east to Wan Chai Gap Road
Pinewood Battery Heritage Trail
Take a trip down memory line with your furry friend at Pinewood Battery Heritage Trail. It’s a relatively short trail so it's your best bet if you just want to go for a casual hike. This area was once the highest coastal defence battery in Hong Kong and was originally used to strengthen the defence of Hong Kong's western harbour.
Later on, it was converted to an anti-aircraft battery. Today, you can see still well-preserved remnants and war relics along the trail including the gun battery, the command post, and the observation post.
Distance: 0.4 km
How to get there: Take bus 13 to the junction between Kotewall Road and Hatton Road. Walk uphill along Hatton Road for about 1.5 km.
Escape to one of Hong Kong’s islands with your furry best friend. We recommend Lamma Island––known for its delicious seafood, laidback island life, and close-knit community. Located just 30 minutes away from Central, this tranquil island is perfect for a scenic hike. You can walk from Sok Kwu Wan to Yung Shue Wan, the island's two main villages and take in the surrounding scenery filled with beautiful mountains.
As the island doesn’t have much shade, be sure to start your hike early––just in time to finish at noon. As an extra added treat, you can even stop at one of the dog-friendly restaurants for your much needed snack time.
Distance: 5 km
How to get there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 4
Dragon’s Back is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic trails––definitely a must for your dog to enjoy. This hiking trail is popular for many reasons: easy access, easy to complete, and incredible views.
It's especially a good choice for those looking to venture into hiking and for those who really want to see a skyscraper-free view of the city. At the top of your hike, you and your pup will be rewarded with bird's eye views of Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay Beach, and Shek O Golf Course.
Distance: 8.5 km
How to get there: Take the MTR to Sau Kei Wan Station (Exit A3). Take bus no.9 at the bus terminus and get off at Tei Wan, Dragon's Back. Follow the path leading up the hill to the start of the hike
Plover Cove Country Park
Plover Cove Country Park probably has it all––walled village, bamboo forest, and beautiful coastal scenery—which makes it an ideal hiking choice for you and your pup. Take them out on a dip at the Bride’s Pool and fall in love with the gorgeous waterfall. Just be careful that your pup doesn’t drink the water, as it may cause a bacterial infection that can be life-threatening.
If you’re keen to hike more you can keep going through bamboo groves until you reach Wu Kau Tang Village and Sam A Wan Village to take in the surrounding grassy lakes. Further up, you’ll come across a 400-year-old Hakka village, Lai Chi Wo.
Explore the village and see its many cultural sites including an ancestral hall, Hip Tin Temple, and Hok Shan Monastery. It's also a great place to admire the wonderful geological formations, plants, and animal species.
Distance: About 7.5 km
How to get there: Take the MTR to Tai Po Market Station. From there, take green minibus 20R to Wu Kau Tang (weekdays and Saturdays only). Alternatively, you can take bus 275R to Bride's Pool (public holiday and Sundays only).
Brick Hill in Nam Long Shan is not only an easy hike but it’s also very scenic for your pup. It offers amazing views of Aberdeen, Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay and even Ocean Park.
Since Brick Hill isn’t such a well-known hiking choice, you’ll also get to enjoy fewer crowds and undisturbed scenary. The hike only takes 90 minutes yet you’ll get treated to a height of 284 metres high, with 180-degree views below.
Distance: 5 kilometres
How to get there: Take the MTR to Wong Chuk Hang MTR Station then go to exit B. From there, walk down the street below you to Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market. The hike begins here.
This article was originally published on September 7, 2020 and was updated on September 2, 2021.