By Trinity Sun October 11, 2021 • 3 min read


More stations have recently opened on the Thomson East Coast Line (TEL), with 9 out of the eventual 32 stations currently open. The TEL’s phase 2 opening brings commuters from Springleaf to Caldecott — with these stations now accessible, exploring the areas around them has never been more convenient. 

We’ve curated a list of the best nature trails along the recently opened MRT stations, where you can explore more of our sunny island’s green spaces.

Central Catchment Nature Reserve

central catchment nature reserve

The Central Catchment Nature Reserve is the largest nature reserve in Singapore, spanning over 2000 hectares of forest, and is known to be one of the most biodiverse forests on the island. Home to rare species such as the critically endangered Raffles Banded Langur (Presbytis femoralis) and the Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica), the reserve’s nature trails give visitors a chance to observe these animals in their natural habitat. 

Don’t miss the 7-deck Jelutong observation tower, which overlooks the nature reserve as well as MacRitchie Reservoir. It is located at the southern-eastern end of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, where you can get a stunning view of the entire area.

Opening Hours: Monday–Sunday from 7am–7pm

Springleaf Park Connector 

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The Springleaf Park Connector runs from Upper Thomson Road to Lentor Avenue, spanning 1.2km with jogging and cycling routes. The park connector winds around the Sungei Seletar river, giving visitors an unparalleled view of the clear waters below. The park connector is also a prime bird-watching spot, with a dedicated observation deck for bird-lovers to admire the diverse array of species that have made Singapore their home. Visit the park connector in the evening to watch the sunset, which is made even more spectacular against the backdrop of the serene Sungei Seletar river.

Opening Hours: Monday–Sunday daily

Thomson Nature Park

thomson nature park
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Formerly the site of a Hainan Village, Thomson Nature Park is rich in both heritage and greenery. The park was built into the former kampung village, and its five trails spanning 3.8km surround the former village’s road network. Venture into the Hainan Village’s ruins on the Ruins and Figs Trail, which takes visitors on a heritage journey through the history of the village and its eventual decline. Alternatively, take a stroll through the Stream and Ferns trail and observe the diverse range of ferns and aquatic animals that live in the local freshwater habitat. 

Opening Hours: Monday–Sunday from 7am–7pm

Windsor Nature Park

windsor nature park
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Trek through this lush forest on a cobblestone path as you explore the trails of Windsor Nature Park, a green buffer for the Central Catchment reserve and home to rare native flora. Explore the newly opened Hanguana Trail featuring rare plants named after Singapore landmarks. Be sure to go below the canopy on the Drongo Trail, which gives visitors a look into the fauna growing under the canopy level.

Besides nature trails, visitors will also get up close with a marsh habitat for migratory birds, where a slow walk to a freshwater stream is a must. There’s plenty to do at Windsor Nature Park, which provides a calming respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Opening Hours: Monday–Sunday from 7am–7pm


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Trinity Sun

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