10 Hidden Trails in Singapore you should try
Bukit Batok Hillside Nature Park
Shrouded in mystery, Bukit Batok Hillside Nature Park beckons intrepid explorers. Located just a short 10-minute walk from Bukit Gombak MRT station, this abandoned park is marked only by two humble poles at the edge of the forest. As you venture deeper, you'll encounter man-made stone steps leading to highlights such as a small well, a wooden boardwalk adorned with torii-like gates, pavilions (rumor has it there are three), and if you persevere, an open hilltop offering stunning views.
Bukit Batok Hillside Park
1 Bukit Batok West Ave 2, Singapore 659203
Nestled beside the Rail Corridor, opposite Alexandra Hospital and adjacent to the Ayer Rajah Expressway, the Alexandra Woodland awaits. Begin your journey from Portsdown Avenue and stay close to the main path. The main attraction here is the magnificent 'Lost Ark,' crafted from giant fallen trees near a natural pond. As it's an off-trail location, proceed with caution—wear suitable attire and shoes and inform someone of your whereabouts. Above all, respect the surroundings and leave no trace.
Jln Hang Jebat
Dover Forest, a modest 33-hectare expanse, easily accessible from Buona Vista or Dover MRT, once housed a rubber plantation abandoned after World War II. Getting to the entry points is straightforward, but navigating the forest presents a challenge. Thick undergrowth, random tree stumps, and veiny roots underfoot create an adventurous trek. However, the reward is worth it—emerge into open fields of lush foliage, encounter towering rubber trees, and glimpse local wildlife. Remember, this forest is home to critically endangered and endangered species, so tread lightly.
Dover Forest West
1 Technology Dr
Though the solitary cow that once roamed Coney Island is no more, this rustic island in Northeast Singapore still holds secrets to uncover. Explore a hidden beach and the abandoned Haw Par Beach Villa, built in 1937 by the Aw brothers, creators of Tiger Balm and Haw Par Villa. The path to the villa may be boggy, with "no entry" signs, so proceed at your own risk.
Coney Island (Beach Area C)
Coney Walk, Coney Island Stream
Once a bustling railway line, the 24-kilometer-long rail corridor now offers a recreational path. Venture off the beaten track to discover the untouched Clementi Forest, a mere 10-minute walk from the former Bukit Timah Railway Station. Trudge through muddy paths, tall grass, and thick vegetation to find an old rail track leading to Maju Forest. Proper hiking shoes are a must to navigate the muddy terrain.
Tampines Eco Green
As you follow the Pasir Ris park connector towards Tampines, a surprising oasis unfolds—open grasslands, freshwater wetlands, and a secondary rainforest surrounding one of Singapore's most populous neighborhoods. Explore the sanctuary's walking trail, home to a rich biodiversity of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and spiders. Remember, no cycling is allowed in the park, so be prepared to walk or leave your bike at designated parking spots.
Mandai T15 Trail
Mandai Track 15, while not the easiest to access, offers an expansive route popular with mountain bikers. Starting near the Singapore Zoo on Mandai Road and ending at the Chestnut Trail and car park, the trail features well-trodden main paths and numerous side footpaths leading to the reservoir's edge and more.
Mandai T15 Trail
451 Mandai Rd
Located opposite Bedok Reservoir, Tampines Quarry, a former sand quarry now filled with rainwater, is a hidden favorite for fishing, remote-controlled boat races, biking, picnics, and drone enthusiasts. Navigating the path to the lake may involve some bushwhacking, so keep an eye out for alternative entrances.
Seah Im Bunker
Nestled at the foot of Mount Faber, the hidden WWII bunker behind the Seah Im car park conceals a fascinating history. The entrance leads to a tunnel connected to an elongated bunker. Bring torchlights for exploration, but beware of geckos, which have made the bunker their home. Tree roots have penetrated the ventilation holes in the walls. Likely an air-raid shelter, the Seah Im bunker holds a piece of history worth discovering.
Air Raid Shelter
Close to the western edge of Sentosa, Tanjong Rimau beach can be accessed by descending the rocky slope near Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. During low tide, explore tidal pools, mangrove trees, and caves along the coastline. Be cautious of venomous stonefish along the beach and admire the pitcher plants on the cliffs. For a unique perspective, head towards the Tanjong Rimau beacon, offering views of Labrador Nature Reserve across the waterway.
When venturing into these hidden trails, remember to prioritize safety, respect the environment, and embrace the spirit of discovery. Singapore's hidden gems await those willing to step off the beaten path.