Put this hiking spot on your to-go list! In this guide, we explore this magnificent hiking route in detail – from directions to packing list and more.
If you’re an outdoorsy person who loves to trek and hike, you may be wondering where to go hiking in Singapore.
If you did have this question, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we discuss one of the best hiking trails Singapore has to offer – Ulu Sembawang Park Connector.
Let’s explore this magnificent hiking route in detail!
The Ulu Sembawang Park Connector is a gorgeous hiking trail that’s located in the rustic district of Jln Ulu Sembawang in Singapore.
It’s a very unique location, given how there are barely any buildings or signs of civilization here.
The district includes the massive Central Catchment Nature Reserve, which is an off-the-beaten-path destination in the island nation.
This makes the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector the perfect place for anyone who wants to get away from the bustling city.
The Ulu Sembawang Park Connector actually acts as a bridge that navigates through the larger nature reserve and then connects both the Woodlands Park Connector to the Mandai Park Connector.
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The Ulu Sembawang Park Connector begins at the Seletar Expressway and then ends at Mandai road. You can reach the hiking route by metro, bus, cab, or personal vehicle.
If you are taking the metro, catch the Thomson-East Coast Line. If you want to take the bus, numbers 138, 171, 927, Mandai Express and Mandai Khatib Shuttle have stops close by to the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector.
The MRT stations closest to the hiking trail are:
- Woodlands South (Thomson-East Coast Line)
- Marsiling (North East Line)
- Kranji (North East Line)
- Admiralty (North East Line)
If you are coming from the Singapore Changi Airport, then this is the route to follow, to reach the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector:
- Take the PIE from Airport Blvd.
- Take Exit 1 and travel for 2.8 km.
- Next, take TPE and SLE to get to Mandai Road.
- Get onto Exit 8A from SLE and travel for 24.2 km.
- Keep following Mandai Rd till you get to Jln Ulu Sembawang – this is about 3.6 km.
- You will reach Ulu Sembawang Park Connector.
The Ulu Sembawang Park Connector is the perfect place to walk, jog, run and cycle – alone or in a group. Come in sportswear and get sports shoes.
If you’re coming here in the evening, get a flashlight or a headlamp with you. Bring water to drink during your walk or workout.
Get some warm clothing if you tend to feel chilly, because of the cool tree cover here.
Out and back, the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector hiking route is 4kms in distance. It is perfect for people of all age groups.
But if you wanted to go longer, you can also explore the different parks that the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector cuts through in its loop.
These parks include:
- Sembawang Park
- Admiralty Park
- Yishun Park
- Upper Seletar Reservoir Park
- Lower Seletar Reservoir Park
- Springleaf Nature Park
You can also explore the other close-by park connector routes as well, such as:
- Central Catchment PC
- Mandai PC
- Woodlands PC
Further off afield are the other park connectors which give you longer hiking, running and cycling distances, such as:
- Marsiling PC
- Admiralty West PC
- Canberra PC
- Canberra-Sembawang PC
- Khatib Bongsu PC
- Simpang Kiri PC
The iconic Heritage Mandai Road is located within this nature reserve.
It’s a stunning tree-lined boulevard located near the Upper Seletar Reservoir, offering an unforgettable walk/run/cycle/driving experience.
You can easily spend half a day or more exploring these different connector routes and trails.
Hiking Ulu Sembawang Park Connector isn’t too difficult. This is, for the most part, a gentle, undulating landscape. Most people find it to be an easy-to-moderate hiking route.
The road is paved with some sections like a gravelly trail. It can be slippery and difficult to walk/cycle on for some visitors.
Additionally, there is no wheelchair assistance or any type of disability assistance on this route.
So, it's best to bring someone along to help you if you anticipate any difficulty navigating the trail.
The hiking route is completely wooded and it offers a cathartic getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Since this trail is located in a nature reserve, there are many points on the route that don’t have any lighting.
This is to make sure the animals in the reserve remain undisturbed.
The weather inside the reserve and on the trail tends to be on the cooler side because of the foliage.
There is a small hut built on the hiking route, which acts as a rest spot and shelter for visitors.
You can sit down, grab a bite and then move on.
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We hope you found these tips useful before embarking on your hike at Ulu Sembawang Park Connector.
Enjoy your hike!