As part of Singapore’s initiative to get people outdoors and active, the National Parks Board has been increasing the number of hiking and biking trails around the island. With the opening of its northern section, Chestnut Nature Park has more than doubled the length of its trails to 8.2 kilometres of mountain biking trails and 5.6 kilometres of hiking trails. Both cyclists and hikers will be happy to hear that these trails are separate from each other, so there is no worry about being mowed down by a speedy cyclist or suddenly surprised by a pedestrian in your path.
The National Parks Board has given difficulty ratings to each of the eleven mountain biking trails ranging from “Easy Trails” with small slopes to “Extremely Difficult Trails” which have steep drops and obstacles on the route. There is also a pump track near the carpark where beginner riders can practice their off-road handling skills.
Chestnut Nature Park has three hiking trails to explore that cater to different interests. In the Northern Section, hikers will find the Northern Trail and the Nature Trail. It’s worth noting that although some signs in the park refer to the Northern Trail as a loop, it does not actually loop back around; instead after reaching the end, you will need to retrace your steps back to return to where you started. Animal lovers will appreciate the Nature Trail where they can spot animals including boars, monkeys and even small snakes!
In terms of amenities, there is a small building near the carpark with some washrooms but not much else, and nowhere to buy water or snacks, so be sure to pick those things up before you set out on your hike or ride.
To get to Chestnut Nature Park, take the Downtown MRT Line (blue) up to its North Western terminus, transfer to the LRT and get off at Pending LRT. From there, you can hop on bus 700 for one stop but you’ll still have to walk a kilometer to get to the park’s entrance so it may be preferable to take a taxi from the MRT station. Parking is very limited and the lots fills up quickly, especially on weekends.
Chestnut Nature Park Open daily from 7am – 7pm