Hawaii State Parks Trails

To find trails in Hawaii state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

Hanakaoo Beach Park to Wahikuli State Park :: Lahaina, HI

Both of these parks border a long uninterrupted stretch of golden sand between Kaanapali and Lahaina. A path connects the southern end of Hanakaoo Beach Park with Wahikuli State Park. This hike follows the walking path through both beach parks past

'Akaka Falls State Park :: Honomu, HI

This easy stroll along a paved, winding path takes you through a garden of showy tropical blossoms, bamboo groves, and along a pretty stream to an overlook of spectacular ’Akaka Falls, over 440 feet high. It’s easy to understand why it’s a standard

Mauna Kea State Park— Hill 7154 Trail :: Hilo, HI

Mauna Kea State Park, high on the saddle between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, offers picnicking and cabins set among native naio and mamane trees and non-native eucalyptuses and pines. An inconspicuous bump north of the park, Hill 7154, provides splendid

Akaka Falls State Park Trail :: Hilo, HI

Akaka Falls State Park offers an easy walk on paved trail through a luxuriant rainforest to fine overlooks of not one but two beautiful waterfalls. It’s a must-see! Before you set out, note that neither waterfall is accessible from the park and tha

Kalopa State Park— Jeep Road Trail :: Hilo, HI

The Jeep Road offers a straightforward and pleasant ramble through Kalopa State Park’s largely non-native forest. From the parking lot by the cabins, you can retrace your steps down the road past the day-use area to the fork and take that fork to the

Kalopa State Park— Nature Loop Trail :: Hilo, HI

Kalopa’s Nature Loop offers an excellent opportunity to see native Hawaiian plants in their natural setting. The attractive day-use pavilion should tempt you to stay for a picnic in spite of the area’s raininess. Across the parking lot, opposite th

Lapakahi State Historical Park Trail :: Hilo, HI

Thanks to the brochure provided at the park’s entrance, you can enter an old Hawaiian village established some 600 years ago, walk through it, and, in your imagination, see its inhabitants going about their daily lives before Captain Cook arrived in

Wailoa River State Park Trail :: Hilo, HI

Here, near the harbor’s edge in a bustling city, are acres of enchanting emerald lawns, a mirror-like lagoon spanned by high-arched footbridges, and many wandering footpaths and grassy routes to choose from. You can picnic, walk, jog, fish (regulated

Lydgate State Park :: Lihue, HI

Lydgate Park is a popular 40-acre ocean-front park at the mouth of the Wailua River. The long stretch of sand fronts a beautiful grass park with picnic areas, facilities and groves of ironwood trees. Two sandy, boulder-enclosed ponds are ideal for ki

Russian Fort Elizabeth State Park :: Waimea, HI

Russian Fort Elizabeth State Park is a 17-acre park just outside the town of Waimea. The fort is located at the mouth of the Waimea River, overlooking the ocean and the island of Niihau. The red rock walls of the fort were constructed in 1816 and w

Polihale State Park and Beach :: Waimea, HI

Polihale State Park is a remote 140-acre park at the end of the road on the western end of Kauai. The park offers access to 15 miles of uninterrupted sand beach from Polihale Ridge, at the southwest end of the Na Pali cliffs, to Kekaha Beach Park.

Nakoa Trail Kahana Valley State Park :: Kaaawa, HI

The Nakoa Trail, located in Kahana Valley State Park, leads through a lush vegetated rainforest to a large and deep swimming hole by a dam. The wildland valley is among the wettest valleys on Oahu with as much as 300 inches of rain annually. Kahana S

Kapaeleele Koa and Keaniani Kilo Lookouts Kahana Valley State Park :: Kaaawa, HI

This short loop hike leads to Kapaeleele Koa and Keaniani Kilo, two ancient Hawaiian fishing shrines on the oceanfront cliffs high above Kahana Bay. The trail, maintained by the local Boy Scouts, is at the mouth of Kahana Valley and returns along the

Aiea Loop Trail Keaiwa Heiau State Park :: Aiea, HI

Keaiwa Heiau State Park is the site of an ancient healing temple. The park sits in the foothills of the Koolau Range above the town of Aiea. The Aiea Loop Trail snakes along a ridge descending from the Koolau Mountains in the state park. The trail

Akaka Falls State Park :: Honomu, HI

This is an easy stroll along a paved, winding path through a garden of showy tropical blossoms, bamboo groves, and along a pretty stream to an overlook of spectacular Akaka Falls, over 442 feet high. The walk begins at a gap in a low stone wall, wh

Waianapanapa State Park to Pukaulua Point :: Hana, HI

The hike begins in Waianapanapa State Park and follows a portion of the ancient Hawaiian “Kings Highway” from Pailoa Bay to Pakaulua Point. The path crosses Pailoa “Black Sand” Beach and parallels the volcanic coastline above the sea. Two small cobbl

Polipoli-Haleakala Ridge Loop, Polipoli State Park :: Wailuku, HI

The Polipoli Trail begins at the campground and winds through lush old growth stands of cedar, alder, cypress and pine. The trail connects with the Haleakala Ridge Trail which follows the crest of Haleakala to spectacular vistas of Maui. The path end

Polipoli Loop, Polipoli State Park :: Wailuku, HI

The Polipoli Loop is a combination of four forested trails. The hike begins at the picnic area and campground on the Polipoli Trail and connects with the Haleakala Ridge Trail. A side path near the junction with the Plum Trail leads to a cinder cone

Redwood-Plum-Tie Loop, Polipoli State Park :: Wailuku, HI

The Redwood Trail begins near the Polipoli Campground at 6,200 feet. The trail descends through magnificent stands of towering redwoods mixed with cedars, pines and ash. At the bottom is a three-way junction with the Plum and Boundary Trails, a Civil

Redwood-Boundary-Waiohuli Loop, Polipoli State Park :: Wailuku, HI

The Redwood Trail descends from the Polipoli Campground through a mature forest of giant redwoods, cedars, pines and ash. The atmospheric path, frequently shrouded in a foggy mist, connects with the Boundary Trail at an old ranger station and a huge

Mamane-Skyline Loop, Polipoli State Park :: Wailuku, HI

Follow the driving directions on page 68 to Waipoli Road. From Waipoli Road, continue 5.9 miles up this steep winding road to the end of the pavement. Follow the unpaved road 2.3 miles to the signed Waiohuli Trail on both sides of the road. Park on t

Boundary-Waiohuli Loop, Polipoli State Park :: Wailuku, HI

The Boundary-Waiohuli Loop winds through the shade of a towering forest with a lush understory of vegetation. The forested path descends along the north Kula Forest Reserve boundary, then follows the west boundary to an old cabin at the junction wi

Streamside Trail, Iao Valley State Park :: Wailuku, HI

The Streamside Trail meanders through the lush stream-fed chasm and dramatic landscape of Iao Valley State ark, an ancient spiritual center in the West Maui Mountains. Waters from a network of tributary streams emerge from the folds of Iao Valley,

Iao Needle Overlook and Botanical Garden, Iao Valley State Park :: Wailuku, HI

Iao Valley, an ancient sacred site and spiritual center, sits in a rich green chasm in the West Maui Mountains above the town of Wailuku. The six-acre state park is home of Kukaemoku, commonly referred to as the Iao Needle, a moss-covered 2,250-foot

Koke’e State Park Nature Trail :: Waimea, HI

This is a very short hike that you should take before setting out on any of the other trails around Koke’e State Park because it will help you identify some of the trees, ferns, and flowers you will see in the surrounding forests. Even more impor

Cliff Trail :: Waimea, HI

Enjoy exhilarating views into and across Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, in a setting of tropical vegetation and solitude instead of among other tourists beside a parking lot. There are a few ups and downs on this pleasant walk, but s

Kee Beach to Haena Beach Park :: Lihue, HI

Kee Beach borders the eastern edge of the Na Pali Cliffs in the 230-acre Haena State Park. To the east of Kee Beach is Haena Beach Park, bordered by sheer lava cliffs and the sea. The beach park has a flat, grassy camping area, sheltered picnic table

Hanalei Bay Black Pot Beach Park to Waioli Stream :: Lihue, HI

Black Pot Beach Park sits at the mouth of the Hanalei River in picture-perfect Hanalei Bay, fringed with palms. The park, bordered by the river to the north and the Pacific to the west, has a wide, grassy camping and picnic area. Towering, fluted c

Kalopa Native Forest Trail :: Honokaa, HI

Kalopa Native Forest State Park is a hidden treasure. Its native forest is a tiny patch of the real Hawai’i that has not been trampled by cattle, plowed under for sugarcane, or bulldozed for development. The showy blossoms of ginger and plumeria that

King’s Highway South :: Kauiki Head, HI

Ready for an adventure? From Waianapanapa State Park, follow the ancient King’s Highway south along the dramatically rocky coast, passing archaeological sites and primitive beaches, all the way to crescentshaped Hana Bay. This hike requires sturdy sh

King’s Highway North :: Hana, HI

Starting at the state park’s black-sand Pailoa Beach, explore the jagged lava flows along this historic Hawaiian footpath. Here the ocean bursts through lava-rock blowholes and the wind whips against outcroppings that make scenic perches for catching

Waianapanapa Coast & Caves :: Hana, HI

East Maui’s most popular state park is an inviting place to break your journey along the Road to Hana. Easy walking trails visit a black-sand beach, legendary caves, and a traditional Hawaiian heiau (temple). Watch out for the lava blowhole!

Iao Valley :: Wailuku, HI

Central Maui’s most popular tourist stop, this state park offers exhilarating views of Iao Needle against a painterly backdrop of the West Maui Mountains, often veiled by rain clouds and mist. Stroll past native Hawaiian plants in the streamside bota

Iliau Nature Trail :: Waimea, HI

The trail through this Alice in Wonderland grove, part of Waimea Canyon State Park, has recently been given a thorough renovation, with shiny new signs identifying the plants and adding fascinating bits of lore about each. You don’t need signs to tel

Moleka and Ualakaa Trails :: Honolulu, HI

The Moleka and Ualakaa Trails were established by the Sierra Club in 1979 and 1980. The two trails traverse the hillside through the upper east edge of Makiki Valley with panoramic views down the valley. Both paths wind past large banyan trees and th

Kalopa Native Forest Trail :: Honokaa, HI

Kalopa State Park is a hidden treasure. Its native forest is a tiny patch of the real Hawai’i that has not been trampled by cattle, plowed under for sugarcane, or bulldozed for development. The showy blossoms of ginger and plumeria that are usually a

Canyon Trail–Black Pipe Trail Loop :: Waimea, HI

This is surely among the most exciting hikes in Koke’e State Park, offering heart-stopping views into Waimea Canyon as well as a visit to a waterfall flowing from a beautiful little pool surrounded by tropical vegetation. Most hikers walk down to the

Rainbow Falls and Banyans :: Hilo, HI

You won’t want to miss this exquisite waterfall and pool, but unless you get here before 9:00 a.m. or around the dinner, you will have to share the falls with a steady stream of sightseers and tour buses. Early in the morning is the best time to see

Rainbow Falls Trail :: Hilo, HI

Rainbow Falls is a broad, beautiful waterfall on the Wailuku River near the northern outskirts of Hilo. The falls are so named because you’ll often see rainbows in the mist that rises from where the falling water strikes the large pool. (This viewpoi

Malaekahana State Recreation Area :: Laie, HI

Malaekahana State Recreation Area is a 110-acre wooded beach park that straddles two idyllic bays and is backed by the steep Koolau Range. The hike follows the forested coastline through the tree-shaded park, beginning at one bay then dropping into t

Ke`ei, Kealakekua Bay - Big Island :: Captain Cook, HI

At this huge, mile-wide bay deep below the mountain, the best waves are at the southern end, Ke`ei—mostly a left-hand reef break, with several peaks that join up on a good day into one 400-yard ride that really pumps and jacks up double overhead to p

Waiakoa Loop Trail :: Wailuku, HI

The Waiakoa Loop is a 3-mile loop trail in the Kula Forest Reserve on the slopes of Haleakala. The hike contours the hillside with panoramic views down country and across open grasslands. Switchbacks then descend 500 feet into a draw, winding throu

Pu’uka’ohelo–Berry Flat Trail :: Waimea, HI

This is a cool and lovely, often misty, walk among a crazy mixture of tropical flowers, California redwoods, Japanese cedars, and other surprises. Many were planted as experimental forests in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Part of

Iliau Nature Trail :: Waimea, HI

Waimea Canyon State Park, has recently been given a thorough renovation with shiny new signs identifying the plants along the route and adding fascinating bits of lore about each. You don’t need signs to tell you that the things growing around you ar

Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area :: Waimanalo, HI

Waimanalo Bay is a wide crescent-shaped bay with a 3.5-mile sandy beach. Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area, known as Sherwood Forest, is a rolling parkland with a heavily wooded ironwood forest backed by the steep Koolau Range. The recreation are

Hana-Waianapanapa Coastal Trail :: Hana, HI

The Hana-Waianapanapa Trail follows a portion of the ancient “Kings Highway” from Pailoa Bay in Waianapanapa State Park to Kainalimu Bay in a shady heliotrope grove northwest of Hana Bay. The hike follows the jagged, windswept coastal cliffs, cross

Upolu - Big Island :: Hawi, HI

When you arrive at this great surf spot, you’ll see black sand and thundering peaks far below you, while waves line up, dash against the cliff, and peel. This remote black-sand beach has a right-hand point break and collects a raw northwest, north, a

Kawaikoi Stream :: Waimea, HI

The Kawaikoi Stream Loop itself involves less than 3 miles of this much longer hike, but you can only get to it by crossing the entire Alaka’i Swamp, starting from the Pihea Trail or by this route, following the Mohihi–Camp 10 Road from Koke’e State

Pu'uka'ohelo–Berry Flat Trail :: Waimea, HI

This is a cool and lovely, often misty, walk among a crazy mixture of tropical flowers, California redwoods, Japanese cedars, and other surprises. Many were planted as experimental forests in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Part o

Manuka Nature Trail :: Hilo, HI

If you have other reasons for visiting the south end of the Big Island, complement your trip there with a visit to Manuka State Wayside and its pretty, pleasant nature trail. Before you begin your walk, look inland from the visitor center. If the day