Cover Photo: Friends of Taman Tugu/Facebook

For fresh air and amazing views, hikers won't be able to resist these beautiful nature trails Please note that opening hours may vary at these parks. Check the relevant websites or community pages and adhere to SOPs when visiting.

This article was first written on September 10, 2021 and updated on March 28, 2022.

1. 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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2. 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.

As Broga Hill is a gazetted Permanent Forest Reserve, hikers are required to get a permit for any hiking activities there. Permit application forms (which cost RM5 per person) can be downloaded here, and must be submitted to the Selangor Forestry Department at least a week before the intended hike. Call +603-5544 7000/7507 for inquiries.    

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3. Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur

Adjacent to Taman Botani Perdana in Kuala Lumpur, Taman Tugu is an urban forest park with about 3km of trails currently open to the public. On January 5, 2022 Taman Tugu officially reopened in stages due to ongoing maintenance and repairs.

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 and opening hours are from 7am to 6.30pm daily with the last entry at 5.45pm.  

4. 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 to catch some amazing views of the surrounding Lagong Hill Forest Reserve.

Entrance Fee: Free for kids below the age of 13 and RM1 for adults (RM5 for foreigners)  

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5. Kanching Eco Forest Park, Rawang

Reopened on March 26, 2022 from 8am to 5pm daily, Kanching Eco Forest Park's highlight 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: RM2 on weekdays and RM3 on weekends (Malaysian citizens); RM8 (foreigners)

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6. 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. Taman Alam Kuala Selangor is open daily from 9am to 6pm. 

Entrance Fees: RM4 (adults), RM1 for children below 16 years old and free for kids below 7 years old

7. 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 park's opening hours by following the Friends of Bukit Kiara on Facebook. 

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8. 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, the latter being extremely popular for selfies. Entrance is free. 

Note: Follow the Friends of Bukit Gasing Facebook page for more updates.

9. 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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