The Southern Ridges
If you love to jog, have a picnic, or take a relaxing walk, the Southern Ridges is a perfect spot for you. Plus, it is a home to a variety of flora and abundant wildlife.
The Southern Ridges is a famous destination for nature lovers and bird watchers. With its ten-kilometre stretch of green spaces and connecting trails, you have a chance to see the most famous gardens and parks in Singapore connected by picturesque pathways and ridges. It is made up of Labrador Nature Reserve, Kent Ridge Park, HortPark, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and Mount Faber Park.
The Southern Ridges Features
When hiking the Southern Ridges trail, two routes are recommended.
This route is a complete trail covering Southern Ridges, from Mount Faber to Kent Ridge Park. The trail stretches 10 KM and takes you about 3-5 hours to complete.
This route follows the Southern Ridges trail’s first half. After you cross the Alexandra Arch, it diverts away from HortPark. Then, it takes you to the coastal tail along with Labrador Nature Reserve. This trail is ideal if you want to see nature, history, and the sea.
Below are the attractions you will see along the trail:
Mount Faber Park
You can easily access Mount Faber Park through Marang Trail, starting at Marang Road. That road is beside Harbourfront MRT Exit D. The park features include Faber Peak, Faber Point, and Henderson Waves.
Telok Blangah Hill Park
Telok Blangah Hill Park is among the largest parks you will see along Southern Ridges. This 34-hectare park has plenty of incredible attractions to offer, including Terrace Garden, Sembcorp Forest of Giants, Alkaff Mansion, Forest Walk, and Alexandra Arch.
HortPark is a 23-hectare park that offers everything from plant to gardening, including recreation, dining, education, and research. The park features include Themed Gardens, HortCentre, HortLawn and Event Lawn, and Guided Tours, Events, and Workshops.
Kent Ridge Park
Kent Ridge Park was once a plantation for gambier, pepper, and rubber. This 47-hectare park is a popular destination for bird watchers and nature lovers. The park features include Canopy Walk and Reflections at Bukit Chandu.
Labrador Nature Reserve
Labrador Nature Reserve is 10-hectare large and offers a distinct blend of history and nature. It is among the four smallest nature reserves in Singapore. The highlights of this attraction include Berlayer Creek, WWII Gun Forts, and Dragon Tooth Gate.
Is it easy to get around the Southern Ridges?
This recreational trail connects Singapore’s five popular parks. It is easy to navigate, even if you are a beginner or a first-timer. However, since it is a trail, so you have to take some effort on your part.
Which Southern Ridges feature standout most?
If you visit this trail, do miss the Henderson waves. It is Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge, with a 256 feet timber deck lofted in the air. It is a hot spot for nature lovers and photographers because of the undulating curves.
Who is Southern Ridges best for?
Southern Ridges is best for those who want a beautiful place to explore with panoramic views of Southern Islands, harbour, and city. You can visit this place if you want to get close to nature. It is also ideal for testing your physical strength and then see if you can complete the trail.