Canopy Walk at KL Forest Eco Park (Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve)

I thought there’d be the typical nature walk or hike at KL Forest Eco Park (formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve) because that’s the usual case when there’s canopy walk, plus the place’s called a park. But nope.

We learned online that KL Forest Eco Park is opened at 7am; the signage at the park stated 8am onward though. Anyway, we only arrived at 9am and learned from the information counter at KL Tower that we need to get the free tickets from the ticketing counter for a canopy walkway tour at 10am.

We got our tickets, went to the entrance of KL Forest Eco Park located within the compound of KL Tower and discovered that the management of the park is a total haywire.

Firstly, the entrance that the KL Tower staff lead us to was locked. It’s stated on the gate to go to the main entrance located opposite of St Andrew Church, at the foot of the hill. But the staff told us this gate should be opened at 10 am and so we waited outside the gate, wondering if the tour guide would meet us there. After all, we had to get the tickets from KL Tower so it only made sense to start our free tour from the KL Tower entrance right? Nope. At 10am, a security guard opened the gate and said that the gate would be open again at 12pm only based on the free tour schedule so we could only get out at 12pm. Erm…

We thought that in this case, we might as well drive over to the main entrance so that we don’t limit ourselves to the schedule. Then we noticed the second issue. There’s no tour guide.

At Pusat Maklumat Perhutanan (use this landmark on Google Maps), where the main entrance of KL Forest Eco Park is located, the staff were puzzled that I had a ticket because the canopy walk is accessible without a tour guide at any time of the day (a contradiction to the notice issued by the Forestry Director of Kuala Lumpur). Even more puzzling, he said there’s no tour guide. Erm…

Whatever.

At this point, after waiting for an hour for nothing and paying RM6 at each entrances for parking, we thought we might as well complete our mission and explore this place once and for all.

Here’s a quick overview of the place. If you’re looking for fitness activity at this place, forget it because it’s not challenging and the mosquitoes are aggressive. If you’re looking for Canopy walk per se, KL Forest Eco Park is a good choice because it’s so accessible. The canopy walk is located less than 5 minutes walk from the main entrance. I suspect the park is good for educational trips as well because they have labels for trees in the park but I didn’t not check out how informative they are. As mentioned, the mosquitoes were aggressive so we went sprint walking the whole time.

KL Forest Eco Park entrance at KL Tower
Here’s the entrance within the compound of KL Tower. It’s only opened by the guard at 10am, 12pm and 4pm (during the so-called tour schedules).
official notice at kl forest eco park
According to this notice at the gate, this entrance should remain closed and that canopy walk is accessible via guided tour only. Totally inaccurate based on my experience.
canopy walk free forest tour
We have a ticket! But no free forest tour #fail
egg bread for breakfast picnic
I woke up early morning to prepare breakfast for our “picnic”. We ended having it while waiting for the gate to open even though we ended up using another gate…
kl tower malaysia signage
Tadah~ Our picnic area. Haha. Anyway, there weren’t any tourists around so it’s OK for us to occupy the signage. Sitting next to RK was a Hop-On Hop-Off bus conductor.
tea booth at kl forest eco park
Here’s when we finally got into the park. There’s a signage of Tea Booth but I guess it wasn’t open because it was just plain quiet around the area. Anyway, the entire park was plain quiet.
canopy walk kl forest eco park
To our surprise, we reached the arch of Canopy Walk within 5 minutes walk from the entrance at Pusat Maklumat Perhutanan Bukit Nanas!
canopy walk bukit nanas forest reserve
And just a short walk away, we arrived at the base of the canopy walk. Whoaaa. Looked brand new.
canopy walk at kl forest eco park
How could I miss a photo with the canopy walk that took us quite a lot of (wasted) effort to reach?
canopy walk kuala lumpur
We were with this gang of people waiting at the KL Tower gate until 10am. They arrived at 7.30am for fitness activity and waited the whole morning…
canopy walk in the city
This looks pretty cool, no? A lush of greenery and canopy walkway at the middle of Kuala Lumpur.
kl tower canopy walk
KL Tower in the background! This canopy walk was connected to the gate at KL Tower that we could not assess earlier.
canopy walkway at bukit nanas forest reserve
This canopy walkway was actually going uphill of Bukit Nanas so every 50-100m or so, you’d have to walk up the stairs at the towers to go higher.
dating at canopy walkway
I kept my smile and excitement but the boy wasn’t happy with the mosquitoes and the long wait the entire morning. Oops.
walking trail at kl forest eco park
As we walked atop the canopy walkway, there’s walking trail at the bottom. I’m guessing those are the nature walkways that you can opt for if you don’t like the height.
girl at canopy walk
My face was covered in shadow and I’m too lazy to edit so here you go a bear-faced canopy walker.
nature walk at bukit nanas forest reserve
Nearby the end of the canopy walkway at the top of the hill, we saw this Main Trail Entrance and I decided to explore because we were supposed to go for nature walk/hike that morning. It turned out that it’s a pretty short walk back to the base of the park, where we started.
herbs garden kl forest eco park
Here’s a Herbs Garden. Nope. Did not explore.

The staff at the information counter told us the walking trail would take us 45 minutes to complete. I’m pretty sure we didn’t explore the entire trail because we were out of the park within 20 minutes. I barely sweated and the fact that I was recovering from my 2.5 month old colon surgery didn’t bother me at all so it’s definitely a very easy trail.

kl forest eco park map
The map of KL Forest Eco Park handed out to us at the information center.
mapmywalk bukit nanas
We barely walked for 1 km, including the canopy walkway! =O Here’s from the entrance of the park, up the walking trail, up the canopy walkway, down the walking trail and back to our car.
mapmywalk elevation at bukit nanas
Elevation gain was decent. It’s a hill anyway. But we didn’t feel the elevation because it was a very casual canopy walk.
fitbit charge hr heart rate
For the least, my Fitbit Charge HR said that I recorded 18 minutes of fat burning heart rate.
fitbit charge hr impact on my day
Took quite a number of steps of the day but it’s not proportion to the calories I burned that day.
fitbit charge hr floors climbed
Here’s where the stats excited me a bit. At least I climbed lots of stairs that day!

To sum up, go for it if you need a quick canopy walk thrill within the city. It’s free. It’s accessible. It’s new so no worry about poor maintenance. Just go to the main entrance located near St Andrew’s Church. On Google Maps, set your destination to Pusat Maklumat Perhutanan Bukit Nanas. Don’t use Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve as POI. It’d lead you the base of KL Tower. You’re free to enter the park 8am onward (according to the signage I saw, that’s the opening hour). Don’t have to get your tickets. Don’t expect a tour. Just go in and you’d be on the canopy walk in 5 minutes.

Hope this helps you get a better picture about our KL Forest Eco Park (Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve) and set the right expectations before your trip.

10 thoughts on “Canopy Walk at KL Forest Eco Park (Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve)”

  1. Hi, i find your website really helpful and I’m planning to have a trip there too but as you said, we were supposed to contact Pusat Maklumat Perhuntanan Bukit Nanas but I have no idea which contact to enquire about this, so far i searched up 3 contact numbers.One of them is 032616448 , I called them, but turns out it was under another department, so am really lost. Do you know which is the right number to call?

  2. Thank you for your input! Going this Saturday! KL does have a lot of room for improvement, but people like you voicing out does contribute to changing the place 🙂

  3. Thank you for your input! Going this Saturday! KL does have a lot of room for improvement, but people like you voicing out does contribute to changing the place 🙂

  4. I just walked in the front door of the eco forest, 2 member of staff pointed the way down the side.when I got to the top a side door to the kl tower was open so I had a look.pouring rain on day I visited.I was quite nice and an easy days walking from my hotel(8km).did 20 km around Kuala Lumpur the day before, hotel north to petronis towers then south to the botanical gardens and around a bit.

  5. I just walked in the front door of the eco forest, 2 member of staff pointed the way down the side.when I got to the top a side door to the kl tower was open so I had a look.pouring rain on day I visited.I was quite nice and an easy days walking from my hotel(8km).did 20 km around Kuala Lumpur the day before, hotel north to petronis towers then south to the botanical gardens and around a bit.

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