Best parks in Kauai

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Explore the most popular parks in Kauai with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Koke'e State Park
Kauai, Hawaii
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Koke'e State Park is an incredible location situated along Kauai's west coast, right near the Na Pali Coast. The vegetation is lush, the views are incredible, and the trails are plentiful. Nature lovers will also find native plants, forest birds, and interesting insects. The park offers great views of the Waimea Canyon as well. There is tent camping onsite for those looking to stay the night.Show more
#2 - Ha'ena State Park
Kauai, Hawaii
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This incredible park is situated on Kauai's north shore, and is an extremely popular destination for visitors. Here you will find the beautiful Kēʻē Beach. This park borders the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park which invites hikers to see the awe-striking cliffs and valleys within its borders. The trailhead for the popular Kalalau Trail is within Ha'ena State Park, and then the trail continues far west into the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park. The park was closed for over a year following the devastating April 2018 floods. The park has reopened with some important management changes in place. Visitors must now reserve an entry to the park, and there are maximum caps on the amount of visitors in one day. Also, there is a parking fee, and entrance fee. Please visit the park website for more information and reservation forms.Show more
#3 - Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Kauai, Hawaii
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The Na Pali Coast is a very special place. The pali, or cliffs, provide a rugged grandeur of deep, narrow valleys ending abruptly at the sea. Waterfalls and swift flowing streams continue to cut these narrow valleys while the sea carves cliffs at their mouths. Extensive stone walled terraces can still be found on the valley bottoms where Hawaiians once lived and cultivated taro.Show more
#4 - Waimea Canyon State Park
Kauai, Hawaii
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Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this canyon is 3,600 feet deep at the deepest point. There are challenging hiking trails and short walks to look out points Puu ka Pele and Puu hinahina, both of which have parking and provide breathtaking views. Seasonal pig and goat hunting and fishing opportunities are also in this area.Show more
#5 - Wailua River State Park
Kauai, Hawaii
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On Kauai's eastern shore, this park has everything to offer - lush forests, waterfalls, rivers, and picnicking areas. You might even be lucky enough to spot some petroglyphs! There's no entrance fee and dogs are not allowed.Show more
#6 - Nounou State Forest Reserve
Kauai, Hawaii
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Explore the most popular trails in Nounou State Forest Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.Show more
#7 - Polihale State Park
Kauai, Hawaii
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This is a beautiful, small park on the west coast of Kauai. You'll want either a 4WD vehicle, or a high clearance 2WD vehicle. After leaving the paved road, you'll be on a very washed out dirt road leading to the beach. The park has an excellent campsite right on the beach.Show more
#8 - Līhu'e-Kōloa Forest Reserve
Kauai, Hawaii
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Looking for a great trail in Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve, Kauai? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve ranging from 4.1 to 10.1 miles and from 577 to 2,194 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!Show more
#9 - Ku‘ia Natural Area Reserve
Kauai, Hawaii
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Explore the most popular trails in Ku‘ia Natural Area Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.Show more
#10 - Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
Kauai, Hawaii
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Established in 1972, Hanalei NWR is the oldest of KauaShow more
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