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12 Best Kid-friendly Hiking Trails in Singapore

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There are kid-friendly hiking trails aplenty in Singapore! Take the kids on a nature adventure and trek or climb these varying terrains

Yes, there are plenty of hiking trails in Singapore and a number of them are actually kid-friendly! From stroller-friendly boardwalks to rustic hikes and even secret spots (for adventurous kiddos only!), keep reading for our top pics of the best hiking trails in Singapore for families. As parks may close with little notice always check the latest updates at NParks before planning your trip!

1. Botanic Gardens

There are over 160 reasons why we love the Singapore Botanic Gardens to match the 160 years it has been around! The UNESCO World Heritage site stretches over a huge area so you can get lost (in a wonderful way) within. We love the Learning Forest that features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways allowing you to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest. Your older kids can learn about freshwater forest wetland ecosystems at the Keppel Discovery Wetlands and littlies can marvel at a collection of some of the tallest tree species in Southeast Asia! After you’re done with walks around the park there’s also the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden (book your slot ahead of time), with its playground and treehouse slide.
Hiking Level: Very easy
*Do note some zones including water play in Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden are closed to facilitate upgrading and repair work.

Read more: Singapore Botanic Gardens with Kids Guide

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2. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Bukit Timah is filled with meandering trails rated Easy, Moderate, and Difficult. There are no distances listed anywhere online or on any of the maps at the park, but according to the ranger we spoke with at the visitor centre, the best kid-friendly hiking trail would be the easy Red trail to the summit in just 1.3km. Keep reading for our Guide to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve here!
Hiking Level: Trails for all different levels, Easy, Moderate, and Difficult

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3. Chestnut Nature Park

Chestnut Nature Park is located on the eastern end of Chestnut Avenue. There are two areas to Chestnut Nature Park – Chestnut Nature Park (South) and Chestnut Nature Park (North). Chestnut Nature Park (South) is the easier of the two at 2.1km. Keep your eyes peeled for unique bird species such as the Straw-headed Bulbul, the Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Banded Woodpecker, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker and Little Spiderhunter!
Hiking Level: Easy

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4. Dairy Farm Nature Park

Dairy Farm Nature Park has some great trails that are kid-friendly yet still set in a rustic environment. The 75-hectare park offers a host of recreational activities and amenities, including a former quarry. Stop at the look-out point for a great photo opp, then head to the nearby Rail Mall with its cafes and restaurants – our top pick has to be Springleaf Prata Place!
Hiking level: Easy

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5. Fort Canning Park

Mamas love this centrally-located park for the wide-open spaces and the hills (feel the burn as you push the pram uphill). Kiddies love the Battle Box – the former headquarters of the British military and an underground, tunnel-filled exploration wonderland. While everyone loves to picnic on the grass! The 2019 opening of Jubilee Park Playground (handily right next door to the Fort Canning MRT Station) has only boosted Fort Canning’s appeal.
Hiking level: Easy

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6. Keppel Hill Reservoir

Psst… this one’s a secret spot that’s just recently been rediscovered! Keppel Hill Reservoir is located near Mount Faber and remains unmarked on official maps. We heard that the hike to this spot can be a bit challenging, so try this only with the older kids! Start climbing up Keppel Hill Road (or even drive in) and it will lead you to an unofficial manmade path in the direction of the reservoir.
Hiking level: Difficult

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7. MacRitchie Reservoir Park

There are still plenty of fun things to do with kids at MacRitchie Reservoir Park, including hikes! The park offers a fantastic network of nature trails that are well-maintained but refreshingly rustic – think tree roots and rocks, and no pavement for strollers (although the front part of the park is paved so there’s plenty to see with a bub in tow). MacRitchie has six different nature trails that range from 3km to 11km in length. The 4.8km loop that runs near Lornie Road is perfect with kids, as the terrain is relatively flat and mostly features a wide gravel walkway, along with plenty of shade (and opportunities for wildlife spotting!). The route can be shortened at any point if you just turn around, rather than follow the loop to the boardwalk; otherwise your best bet with kids is to walk along the reservoir boardwalk from the jetty (to the left if you’re facing the park) to the boat rental centre.
Hiking level: Moderately easy

Keep reading for our Guide to Visiting MacRitchie Reservoir Park with Kids!

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8. Pulau Ubin & Chek Jawa

Take a public boat over to rustic, sleepy island Pulau Ubin and you will feel like you are on holiday away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. You can actually bring your own bikes over on the boat (surcharges may apply), rent cycles at bike shops on Pulau Ubin or hike up Puaka Hill! The island is well sign-posted, marking out trails for beginner and advanced cyclists and hikers. Bring a picnic and make a day of it or you can grab a casual Asian lunch with a cold beer at one of the seafood spots in Pulau Village.
Hiking level: Moderately easy

Keep reading for our Guide to Pulau Ubin with Kids!

9. Punggol Waterway Park

The Punggol Park Connector is a lovely easy stretch of cycle path that’s admittedly better for cycling than hiking, but families with younger kids will appreciate it no matter your preferred activity. The hiking route around the Punggol promenade is pretty doable at 4.2km with great views of nature and the manmade waterway. You can then take the kids over to play at the water playground and sand play or grab a bite to eat at the many restaurants around Punggol Promenade!
Hiking level: Easy

Keep reading for our Guide to Punggol with Kids!

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10. Rail Corridor

The Green Corridor is a lovely 24km stretch of former rail tracks going from Tanjong Pagar Station in the CBD all the way to Woodlands Checkpoint (until 2011 the train from Malaysia ran through here). It’s surrounded by bushes and tall trees, and lots of lovely flowers. The terrain is at times rugged, muddy and rocky (though flat). While there are condos, schools and even office buildings close by, it’s remarkably quiet and tranquil.
Hiking level: Easy

Read more: Top 5 Things I Love about The Green Corridor (and why you should visit ASAP)

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11. Southern Ridges

Go on a hike in the great outdoors and enjoy the serenity on offer at the Southern Ridges. Comprising 10km of green, open spaces that connect Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, these ridges are an alternative for adventurous families. Top highlights include Henderson Waves (the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore), the Forest Walk and Canopy Walk – bridges cutting through the Adinandra Belukar, a distinct type of secondary forest.
Hiking Level: Easy (but some routes are quite long)

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12.Tampines Eco Green

Tampines dwellers, we’re jealous you have the fab Tampines Eco Green in your hood! This eco-friendly park offers a sanctuary for flora and fauna with various natural habitats such as open grasslands, freshwater wetlands and a secondary rainforest. The hiking trails within the park make you feel so far removed from urban city life! With lots of clear signs it’s easy to navigate around this park with little ones.
Hiking level: Easy

Lead image courtesy of the author; Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Macritchie Reservoir Park images by Michell Tam; Keppel Hill Reservoir image by Cashew NC Briskwalking Club; Pulau Ubin image by Klook; all other images courtesy of NParks

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