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Hidden Hiking Trails in Singapore to Captivate Your Adventurous Soul
Singapore is one of the cities with extensive greenery and plenty of outdoor trails amidst skyscrapers and bustling streets. While most Singaporeans would be familiar with popular hiking trails like MacRitchie Reservoir Park, there are some off-trodden paths and forgotten trails that prove to be a gem for nature lovers and adventurous souls!
If you’re wondering where else to hike or would like to go for something a little more off-the-grid, we’ve got a list of hidden hiking trails you should check out next.
Keppel Hill Reservoir
Keppel Hill Reservoir | Image Credit: The Occasional Traveller
Located in the Harbourfront area near Keppel Hill Road, Keppel Hill Reservoir is known as the “forgotten reservoir” because it disappeared from Singapore’s maps from the 1950s.
It has a stunning pool of water that is picture-perfect and a mysterious war bunker that is built during WWII. Fun fact – this location is also popular with paranormal hunters, but if you’re here in the day, don’t sweat over it.
Difficulty getting there: 2/5
Getting to Keppel Hill Reservoir was surprisingly easy. It is a straight path from Keppel Hill Road before you take the left fork at the juncture that brings you to the gate of No. 11 Keppel Hill. Keep right from there, overcome some foliage, and you will see the fairytale-like reservoir.
You might have to bend your neck to pass through some low-hanging branches to get to the picturesque reservoir, but it’s a straightforward path.
However, if you want to check out the Japanese Tomb, the Seah Im Bunker, or reach the top of Mount Faber, you will have to climb a steep path that can be quite challenging (and muddy!). It is not a long hike but get ready a good pair of trekking shoes!
Seah Im Bunker | Image Credit: TimeOut
Take lots of pictures at the forgotten reservoir; it’s stunning with light streaming down from above. The abandoned war bunker is also worth a visit – turn on your flashlight, head inside the bunker, and be transported back in time!
Estimated Completion Time
The whole area takes about an hour to explore but do factor in another hour to climb down and head back to where you started.
Pearl’s Hill City Park
Pearl's Hill City Park | Image Credit: @lnmjstn
If you’re in town and looking for a quick nature getaway, Pearl’s Hill City Park is a hidden green space that will provide you with that brief respite. A serene nature spot with a small reservoir at the top, this heritage hill is also named after the commander of the ship which brought Raffles to Singapore in 1819.
Difficulty getting there: 1/5
It’s a 5-minute walk from Outram Park MRT Station – that’s how easy it is.
It is a little trek up the hill with clean pavements and a clear path – very much unlike Keppel Hill Reservoir or Clementi Forest. This is perfect for those who prefer a quiet stroll with their partner away from the crowd.
The pond at the top of the hill is a cute home to terrapins and fishes. As a tranquil nature spot, one can observe birds and small animals if they’re attentive enough. The heritage Bodhi Tree also provides a nice shade when you’ve reached the summit, and you’ll be greeted with a spectacular view of the city skyline too.
Estimated Completion Time
Thirty minutes would be enough to roam around this peaceful park.
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