Cover Photo: Friends of Taman Tugu/Facebook

As Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya enter Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan, hikers may once again be free to track down these beautiful nature trails

Please note that not all these parks may be open during the NRP. Check the relevant websites or community pages and adhere to SOPs when visiting.

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Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi

This beloved hiking spot in Bangsar has paved pathways and a small cascade waterfall that's great for kids to play in. The park has limited parking and has trails that link directly to Gasing Hills, another great hiking spot. Hikers who have frequented Taman Rimba advise using a trail app to avoid having to take a car back if you forget the return route from the Petaling Jaya side.     

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Broga Hill, Semenyih

Trekkers who make their ascent up Broga Hill in Hulu Langat, Selangor will be rewarded by sweeping views from its grassy hilltop. At 400m above sea level, Broga Hill is considered an easy climb: one hour will get you to the top.

Entrance Fee: RM10

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Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur

Adjacent to Taman Botani Perdana in Kuala Lumpur, Taman Tugu is an urban forest park with over 5km of trails. This 66-acre green lung in the heart of KL is home to some 230 species of indigenous trees, many of which are endangered. Great for beginner-level hikers, Taman Tugu's trails are well mapped out and there are plenty of benches, swings, rest areas and even toilets with showers. Entrance is free. 

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Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong

Weekends are well spent hiking, cycling or sitting down to a picnic on the verdant grounds of FRIM, spanning approximately 600 hectares. If you haven't yet tried FRIM's adventurous Sky Walk attraction, give it a go with a camera in hand to catch some amazing views of the surrounding Lagong Hill Forest Reserve.

Entrance Fee: RM5

Note: The nature trails at FRIM are currently closed till the end of 2021. Click here for regular updates.  

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Kanching Eco Forest Park, Rawang

The highlight of Kanching Eco Forest Park is undoubtedly its seven-tiered waterfall approximately 208m high. This peaceful park also boasts a variety of trails that vary in difficulty, making it an ideal spot for both beginner and experienced hikers. 

Entrance Fees: RM1 on weekdays and RM2 on weekends (Malaysian citizens); RM5 (foreigners)

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Taman Alam Kuala Selangor

Feel like strolling down a leafy walkway surrounded by mangrove swamps? Taman Alam Kuala Selangor has a trail that's approximately 4km long, which takes visitors through its unique backdrop of trees and plants. There's even an observation tower to get a better look at the unique birdlife, including some species that migrate from Siberia and Russia.

Entrance Fees: RM4 (adults); RM1 (children under 16)

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Kiara Hills

An immensely popular hiking destination, Bukit Kiara offers many interesting trails, some gentle and some steep. A two-and-a-half hour hike here will not only get you a great workout but also a fabulous view of the sun peeping through trees and glimpses of wildlife. There is no entrance fee. 

Tatler Tip: Stay updated on the parks opening hours during NRP by following the Friends of Bukit Kiara on Facebook. 

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Gasing Hill

Bukit Gasing is a family-friendly hiking spot straddling Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur that boasts a variety of challenging and easy trails. Many visitors enjoy the hike up the challenging steps of 'Cardiac Hill' after the suspension bridge that is popular for selfies. Entrance is free. 

Note: Bukit Gasing is currently closed till further notice during the NRP.  

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Urban Community Forest, Bukit Persekutuan

The Urban Community Forest is the Malaysian Nature Society's (MNS) ongoing commitment to preserve the natural heritage of Federal Hill. The Urban Community Forest nature trail was part of the society's efforts to get members of the public well acquainted with the forest, which in years past has been in danger of being cleared for development. The Heritage-Thunbergia trail here is a favourite for visitors to the Urban Community Forest Resource Centre. 

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