Chestnut Nature Park - What To Expect and How To Get There!



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Chestnut Nature Park is located on the eastern end of Chestnut Avenue, it totals 81 hectares, making it Singapore’s largest nature park to date with hiking trails, mountain biking trails and more!

Chestnut Nature Park

Where: Located along Chestnut Avenue and is abutting Central Catchment Nature Reserve, stretches along BKE, from Gali Batu Flyover to Dairy Farm Flyover.
Opening Hours: 7 am to 7 pm

The Chestnut Nature Park is made up of 2 parts, Chestnut Nature Park (South) and Chestnut Nature Park (North).  It totals 81 hectares, making it Singapore’s largest nature park to date. A range of recreational activities are available including hiking, mountain biking and bird watching. 

In fact, Chestnut Nature Park is the first nature park in Singapore to have separate mountain biking and hiking trails, so remember to keep to the right ones! 

How To Get To Chestnut Nature Park?

By MRT - Alight at Pending LRT. Walk towards Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre, walk past Kim San Leng Coffee Shop. Head towards Bangkit Road towards Chestervale. Take the tarmac track leading to Zhenghua Nature Park, make a right turn, walk along the track to get to the underpass, leading to Chestnut Nature Park.

By Bus - Take bus 700 or 966 and alight at Block 202, Petir Road. From the bus stop, take an approximately 2km (30mins) walk along Petir Road/Chestnut Ave into Chestnut Nature Park.

By Car -  If you’re coming from the north (e.g. Bukit Panjang), drive along Petir Road and turn left at Chestnut Avenue. If you’re coming from the south (e.g. Dairy Farm), drive along Petir Road and turn right at Chestnut Avenue. After turning, drive for about 1.5km along Chestnut Avenue and you will arrive at Chestnut Nature Park’s carpark on your left.

Hiking Trails

Chestnut Nature Park 2

There are 2 hiking trails, the Northern Hiking Trail (approx. 3.5km) and Southern Hiking Trail (approx. 2.1km). 

BYKidO Tip: Fill up extra bottles and slap on your sunscreen before embarking on the trails with your little ones. 

Northern Hiking Trail 

The Northern Hiking Trail is actually made up of 2 hikes, the Nature Trail (1.5km, in red on the map) and the Northern Trail (2km, in orange on the map). 

As you can see from the map, the Northern Trail is not really a loop that brings you back to the starting point (the Nature Trail is). So do accommodate this into your planning if you wish to embark on the Northern Trail. 

Photo Credits: TripAdvisor

That being said, the Northern Trail is a nice shady walk among the tall trees and a relatively simple hike with flat and gentle terrains. From here, you can also reach the Chestnut Nature Park Observation Tower!

Southern Hiking Trail

The 2.1km Southern Hiking Trail is more challenging with steeper and rockier terrain. It is a looped trail, and brings you back to the starting point near the car park. Along the trail, you will also come across a photo-worthy spot at a lalang field too. 

Mountain Biking For Different Levels

Chestnut Nature Park - Mountain Biking

The 8.2 km mountain biking trail comprises varying levels of difficulty ranging from easy, moderately difficult, very difficult and extremely difficult, and is sure to put the adventurous family to the test with jungle trails, rocky paths and even twisty turns! 

Pump Track For Skills Training

Chestnut Nature Park - Pump Track

Photo Credits: AsiaOne

The Chestnut Pump Track caters to riders of all skills (including the kids) to practise and to advance their techniques within a controlled environment. The pump track is designed with 4 sub-sections to cater to riders of all skill levels.

In case you are not sure what a Pump Track is, this is from NParks: a pump track consists of a circuit of banked turns and features designed to be ridden by riders via up and down body moments, or "pumping". 

The pump track is uniquely designed with four subsections, one easy area, two intermediate areas, and a fast bowl. The pump track is best enjoyed with a jump specific hard-tail mountain bike. Appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, is a must when using the pump track.

Bike Park For Seasoned Bikers

Chestnut Bike Park is an area for seasoned mountain bikers to advance their biking skills, and to practise techniques for technical features, like drop offs and jumps. It consists of four progressive skills lines and a skills area. The bike park is best enjoyed with a full suspension mountain bike.

Appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, is a must when using the Bike Park.

 

Are you planning to go to the Chestnut Nature Park with your little ones? Share with us your experience in the comments below! Or you may wish to check out our list of nature walks to go with the kids!

Photo Credits: NPark, unless otherwise stated. 


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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