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Best trails in Wailua River State Park, Kauai, Hawaii

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Explore the most popular trails in Wailua River 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

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.

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Map of trails in Wailua River State Park, Kauai, Hawaii
Park information
Acreage:
109 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 (3)
#1 - Wailua Falls Trail
Wailua River State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
Please note: This trail can be very dangerous and tricky if it’s raining, as it would be extremely muddy and slippery. Wailua Falls, just north of Lihue, is a step off the beaten path. Located at the south end of the Wailua River, it cascades into two streams, dropping 80-feet below. Like other spectacular spots on Kauai used as film locations, Wailua Falls is most recognized in the opening credits of the long-running television show "Fantasy Island." Easily accessible, by car, Wailua Falls can be seen from the roadside, so you can leave your hiking boots behind. The trail is very steep and demanding, with large roots, rocks, and mud nearly all the time due to the swimmers trekking back up the trail. Parts of the trail are so steep the locals have attached a rope to hold on to and descending with for the second half of your trek down to the lagoon.Show more
#2 - Uluwehi Secret Falls via Wailua River
Wailua River State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
A kayak paddling on the Wailua River with a short hike to the majestic Secret Falls. Start this paddle by renting a kayak or joining a guided float. Launch your boat, and begin you paddle upstream through thick tropical vegetation. At 1.8 miles, you have the option of docking your boat and explore the Kamokila Hawaiian Village; a traditional Hawaiian village. Continue up the Wailua river until it splits and bear to the right. Paddle through dense vegetation then beach your kayak on the right bank. Walk west on the path. In .3 mile, cross the North Fork Wailua River (use the yellow rope that runs across tributary as a stabilizer). Continue to hike northwest through the dense jungle and along a narrow embankment that is full of gnarled roots and is often muddy (bring close toe sandals.) Continue following the trail along the river bank and pass a cement tower with a water level marker. Turn left; head away from the river, and climb up a short, steep, and often muddy embankment. At the top, cross a small stream and turn right, continuing on trail. Continue until you reach Secret Falls. Enjoy time soaking at the falls then retrace your steps to you boat. Kayak down stream and return to the boat launch (down stream is often more difficult then upstream especially with afternoon trade winds.)Show more
#3 - Kayak to Fern Grotto
Wailua River State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi