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Best trails in Ha'ena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii

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Explore the most popular trails in Ha'ena State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Ha'ena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii
Park information
Acreage:
230 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
808-274-3444
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Hanakapi'ai Beach
Ha'ena State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
NOTE: Advance reservations are now required for all visitors (except state of Hawaiʻi residents). Please see state park website for reservations and information https://www.gohaena.com/ This is the first 2 miles to Hanakapi'ai Beach along the Kalalau Trail in the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii. This first portion of the trail is heavily used. The trail is often muddy and slippery due to sporadic rainfall. It is not recommended for children under age 6. The hike to Hanakapiai beach is by far one of the most beautiful trails in all Hawaii. The first two miles of the Napali Coast trail is breathtaking. The Hanakapiai Trail will climb steadily for the first mile to an elevation of 400 feet. Dont let this discourage you, as soon as you reach the first mile vista, you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the Napali coastline and an aerial view of Kee beach and the coral reef that creates the protective lagoon at Kee beach, perfect for snorkeling during the summer months. As you make your way along this portion of the Kalalau Trail you will switchback from coast to valleys, over fresh water streams and waterfalls. As you make your final descent into Hanakapiai Valley you will discover jungles of twisted vines, wild ginger, bananas, guava, varied Ti plants and at the end the cool waters of Hanakapiai Stream. The crystal clear river that flows from the falls two miles up river is a refreshing reprieve for tired, hot and muddy feet. Cool off in the river the ocean here is NOT for swimming. When you reach Hanakapiai stream you will need to cross the stream by boulder hopping. The beach is on the other side and during the summer months this beautiful beach is great for sunbathing, exploring the rocks and caves. But at no time is swimming recommended. The views from the beach back up the valley are magical. Most people make this their turn around point, but for those with the time and endurance can trek up the river trail another two miles through bamboo forest; the hike is 4 miles round-trip to beach, 8 miles round-trip to Falls. Caution: During heavy rains and high surf this trail can be extremely dangerous near the river and the shorelines. Do not attempt to cross the river during heavy rains. Flash flooding can occur without notice. Show more
#2 - Ke'e Beach-Kalalau Overlook
Ha'ena State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 39 m
NOTE: Advance reservations are now required for all visitors (except state of Hawaiʻi residents). Please see state park website for reservations and information https://www.gohaena.com/ Start from the Kalalau Trailhead and hike 1/4 mile to a viewpoint. From there you can choose to turn back or continue on.Show more