Our guide to getting the most out of your hike at Chestnut Nature Park.

On the fringe of Central Catchment Nature Reserve is Chestnut Nature Park — the first nature park in Singapore to have dedicated mountain biking and hiking trails.

It is also the largest nature park to date.

Man Hiking Trail - Chestnut Nature Park

Here, you’ll hike along lush green vegetation — complemented by both local and exotic flora and fauna. Some were even lucky enough to spot a Sunda Colugo (flying lemur) resting on a tree trunk! We might not have caught sight of that, but we did chance upon a family of long-tailed Macaque monkeys.

Flying Lemur and Monkey - Chestnut Nature Park

Photo credit (left): Friends of Chestnut Nature Park

Getting To Chestnut Nature Park

Public transport: Take the Bukit Panjang LRT to Pending LRT station. From there, walk ~10 mins to Zhenghua Nature Park.

Drivers: Parking is available at Chestnut Nature Park’s carpark (Postal code: 679525). It’s located near the eastern end of Chestnut Avenue and is open from 7AM – 7PM (Limited parking spots, do head there early or park at the HDB carpark nearby)

Starting Point

The official entry point is at Chestnut Nature Point, situated right beside Chestnut Nature Park’s carpark.

If you’re not driving, however, the most convenient way to get to Chestnut Nature Park is through Zhenghua Park.

Directions to Zhenghua Nature Park - Chestnut Nature Park

Once you see this marked stone, turn right and make your way down the path.

There will be an underpass that connects you to the Northern Trail of Chestnut Nature Park — the hiking path’s on the right!

Starting Point for Hikers - Chestnut Nature Park
Recommended Route and Map - Chestnut Nature Park

1) Northern Trail

Distance: ~1.5km
Difficulty: Easy

The Northern Trail’s flat gentle terrain makes it a walk in the park for even the most novice hikers.

Also referred to as the Nature Trail, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the variety of nature and wildlife around.

Flower Squirrel Mushroom Wildlife - Chestnut Nature Park
Dragonfly Jackfruit Nature Wildlife - Chestnut Nature Park

As you venture deeper in, the towering trees will give way to the Chestnut Observation Tower, which is said to be the tallest spiral tower in Singapore.

Observation Tower - Chestnut Nature Park

Conquer five flights of stairs and you’ll find yourself at the top of the world, overlooking infinite forestation.

Chestnut Observation Tower - Chestnut Nature Park

*Pro-tip: Head to the Chestnut Observation Tower during the sunrise or sunset for the best view

Continue forth with the Northern Trail and soon you’ll be hiking to the sounds of trickling waters from a nearby stream.

Stream of Water Northern Trail - Chestnut Nature Park

Fun fact: There are over 25 species of birds (some rare or endangered) that were sighted here! It’s no wonder why Chestnut Nature Park is a hotspot for birdwatching.

Wildlife Birds Spotted - Chestnut Nature Park

*Pro-tip: Bring along a pair of binoculars to get a better view of the birds

2) Rest stop: Chestnut Point

Entrance to Chestnut Point - Chestnut Nature Park

The stairway to Chestnut Point

When you complete the Northern Trail, you can take a break at the resting point. Climb up the stairway to Chestnut Point. Here you’ll find amenities like water coolers, washrooms and a bike rental shop.

Chestnut Point Bike Rental Water Cooler Toilet - Chestnut Nature Park

Chestnut Point — toilet, water coolers and bike rental

3) Southern Trail

Southern Trail Marker - Chestnut Nature Park

The Northen Trail is just a warm up. Now head on over to the Southern Trail to really work up a sweat.

Southern Trail Route

Distance: 2.1km
Difficulty: Medium

The Southern Trail is a lot rockier and steeper, with remnants of bricks and glass as well as fallen logs and tree branches. Careful navigation and soles with a good grip is a must here!

The Terrain at Southern Trail - Chestnut Nature Park

With that said, the Southern Trail isn’t as scenic as the Northern Trail. Some parts of it are situated next to the expressway, which means there’ll be sounds of ongoing traffic.

Surroundings of Southern Trail

Hike deeper into the Southern Trail and be rewarded with a flourishing small pond that’s bustling with wildlife.

Mangrove Swamp at Southern Trail

The aforementioned pond – looks pretty deep!

Green Crested Lizard

Spotted: A Green Crested Lizard, native to Southeast Asia!

Mountain Biking Trails at Chestnut Nature Park

There are a total of 11 mountain biking trails, each with varying levels of difficulty. If you’ve got the time (and guts), you can rent a bike at Chestnut Point and give it a shot!

Biking Trail - Chestnut Nature Park

If not, you could always be a spectator to the skilled bikers practising advanced techniques like drop-offs and jumps at the pump track near the end of the Northern Trail. If you’re driving, this can also be accessed by parking at Chestnut Nature Park’s official carpark (Postal code: 679525).

Pump Track and Bike Park - Chestnut Nature Park

A Day Exploring Chestnut Nature Park

Girl Overlooking The Scenic Nature - Chestnut Nature Park

Tucked away in the deep end of Chestnut Avenue, Chestnut Nature Park’s remote location is likely why it’s still a lesser-known gem among most Singaporeans.

But what it lacks in accessibility, it makes up for in bountiful terrain.

From birdwatching to hiking and biking, Chestnut Nature Park definitely has more to offer than your usual nature park. Its secluded location also means it’s undisturbed by urbanisation, making it a go-to for those looking for a tranquil respite from the city.

Read also: Hiking Clementi Forest – A Secret Route Off the Green Corridor

If you know of any other nature sits we should check out, do let us know in the comments section below!

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