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123 mi 198 km of trail 4 Featured Hikes

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located on Hawaii's Big Island, is a testament to the island's violent and dynamic geologic nature. The constantly changing environments and landscapes within the park serve as a reminder that the park is situated in an active volcanic zone. Visitors to the park can expect to experience everything from lush, tropical rainforests to vast, barren moonscapes. The park features many trails, some of which are easily accessible while others travel into far-fetched, remote areas of the park, giving visitors a variety of options to explore the amazing volcanic landscape.

To learn more about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
The Kilauea Visitor Center is located on Crater Rim Drive a short distance from the entrance station. Note that hours are subject to change due to volcanic activity and visitation. Visit the park's website for current operating hours.

  • Kilauea Visitor Center: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Jaggar Museum: Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Kahuku Unit: Open on weekends from 9 am to 3 pm/closed on weekdays and federal holidays

Visiting Tips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Due to volcanic activity in the area, the facilities, trails, and roads within the park are often subject to closures. To see a current list of closures and advisories, visit the park's website.

Additionally, the weather in the park can be unpredictable so come prepared for rain, heat, and wind. For updates on current conditions as well as current volcanic activity in the park, click here.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
There are two drive-up campgrounds located within the park. For more information regarding camping in the park, click here.

  • Namakanipaio Campground: Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Kulanaokuaiki Campground: Available on a first come, first served basis.

Overnight backpacking and camping is allowed with a permit. Permits are free and can be obtained from the Backcountry Office from 8 am to 4 pm daily. Reservations can not be made for permits. Visit the park's website for more information.

Lodging:
Visitors who are looking for more creature comforts can make reservations at the Volcano House lodge. The lodge offers 33 historic guest rooms, a dining room, snack bar, lounge, and gift shop. The Volcano House also manages ten camper cabins as well as the Namakanipaio Campground. More information can be found online athawaiivolcanohouse.com. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-866-536-7972.

Food & Drink

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at The Rim, a restaurant at the Volcano House that overlooks the rim of Kilauea caldera or grab a quick bite at the Volcano House snack bar. Apart from this restaurant, there are no other dining options located within the park.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs to enrich your knowledge of the park's culture, history, and geology. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

Whether you have a few hours or a couple days to explore the park, Hawaii Volcanoes offers a variety of activities to fill your visit ranging from easy day hikes, extensive backcountry treks, camping on the beach, road biking or driving to the many scenic viewpoints along the roads. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes' website for more information on the park's other activities. Additionally, if you are spending more time in the area, be sure to check out the great variety of rock climbing that the big island has to offer. Also, be sure to take advantage of the beautiful beaches and pristine waters of the island while swimming, snorkeling, and sailing. More information on planning your visit can be found here.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

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Trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - 24

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2.1 mi 3.4 km
#1 Kileauea Iki Trail
Volcano, HI
2.1 mi 3.4 km Volcano, HI
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18.2 mi 29.3 km
#2 Ka'u Desert Trail
Volcano, HI
18.2 mi 29.3 km Volcano, HI
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11.3 mi 18.3 km
#3 Crater Rim Trail
Volcano, HI
11.3 mi 18.3 km Volcano, HI
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Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
2.7 mi 4.4 km Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
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9.6 mi 15.4 km
#5 Puna Coast Trail
Volcano, HI
9.6 mi 15.4 km Volcano, HI
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7.0 mi 11.2 km
#6 Keauhou Trail
Volcano, HI
7.0 mi 11.2 km Volcano, HI
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1.3 mi 2.0 km
#7 Halape Trail
Volcano, HI
1.3 mi 2.0 km Volcano, HI
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4.3 mi 6.9 km
#8 Observatory Trail
Kealakekua, HI
4.3 mi 6.9 km Kealakekua, HI
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0.7 mi 1.2 km
#9 'Iliahi Trail
Volcano, HI
0.7 mi 1.2 km Volcano, HI
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Volcano, HI
3.4 mi 5.5 km Volcano, HI
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Volcano, HI
0.7 mi 1.1 km Volcano, HI
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3.3 mi 5.3 km
#12 Naulu Trail
Volcano, HI
3.3 mi 5.3 km Volcano, HI
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0.5 mi 0.9 km
#13 Devastation Trail
Volcano, HI
0.5 mi 0.9 km Volcano, HI
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15.9 mi 25.6 km
#14 Mauna Loa Trail
Volcano, HI
15.9 mi 25.6 km Volcano, HI
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2.4 mi 3.9 km
#15 Byron Ledge Trail
Volcano, HI
2.4 mi 3.9 km Volcano, HI
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7.8 mi 12.6 km
#16 Ka'aha Trail
Volcano, HI
7.8 mi 12.6 km Volcano, HI
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6.1 mi 9.9 km
#17 Napau Trail
Volcano, HI
6.1 mi 9.9 km Volcano, HI
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2.4 mi 3.9 km
#18 Cabin Trail
Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
2.4 mi 3.9 km Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
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Volcano, HI
3.2 mi 5.1 km Volcano, HI
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Dry - A bit overgrown at the bottom section where it leaves the 4 wheel drive section.
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5.4 mi 8.7 km
#20 Mauna Iki Trail
Volcano, HI
5.4 mi 8.7 km Volcano, HI
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7.0 mi 11.2 km
#21 Hilina Pali Trail
Volcano, HI
7.0 mi 11.2 km Volcano, HI
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1.9 mi 3.1 km
#22 Footprints Trail
Volcano, HI
1.9 mi 3.1 km Volcano, HI
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3.7 mi 5.9 km
#23 Escape Road
Volcano, HI
3.7 mi 5.9 km Volcano, HI
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Pāhala, HI
1.7 mi 2.8 km Pāhala, HI
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