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Waimea Valley Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 216 ft Route type Out & Back

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Paved

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Fee

No dogs

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There is an entry fee ($18) for this hike. You will be asked to wear a life vest if you wish to swim in the falls. For more information, please visit: https://fareharbor.com/waimeavalley/items/7943/

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Susan Trent
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HikingFee

Did this on Monday. Short & easy walk through a beautiful botanical gardens. There’s a waterfall at the end that you can swim in & cool off. Life jackets provided by the facility are required. A couple peacocks very used to human interaction walk freely on the property. Currently they have dropped the rates for now...$8/person kama’aina rate, $4/kupuna on Mondays. The best part is, with no tourists, you practically have the park & waterfall all to yourselves.

Valerie Embree
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HikingFee

Amazing , our 2 year old walked the whole way :). Suggest you get there when they open because the lunch crowd is big

Akemi Saito
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TC Pounds
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Well worth your entry fee. A beautiful piece of history.

Chantel Howard
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Lacee Dackiewicz
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Hiking

We did this beautiful trail back in January and I can’t wait to go back.

Kirstyn K.
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Maya Schwan
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HikingBugsPrivate property

Gorgeous foliage trail on Waimea property. $18 fee and life jackets required at falls

Jason Geyer
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Hiking

Paved, easy walk. $18 entry fee ($12 kama’aina and military). A bunch of short side trails for the botanical areas of the park.

Jasmine Blunt
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Johanna Danielson
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HikingFee

We got there as soon as the trail was open (9am). About a 30 minute brisk walk. Paved path all the way to the waterfall. Was raining (ponchos sold at the gift shop, if needed). As soon as we reached the waterfall, the first mini bus/cart of people arrived same time so was a small group of us that got to swim for a good 30 mins before more people arrived. Was all we needed to get our little swim on. They will give you a swim-vest (mandatory and free of charge). Perfect trail for little ones .

Thomas K.
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Be sure to download map in advance. Map isn’t needed, but GPS is poor to non existent so app doesn’t track well.

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Steph Biddy
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HikingFee

First off: this is more of a “walk” than a “hike.” That being said - this one is GREAT for families, especially with small children/strollers, seniors and when you have friends & family visiting. The trail is paved pretty much the entire way. There is a reduced admission fee for military, children, and kama’aina. Check their website for details. This is a family favorite because of the cultural sites and demonstrations along the way, the ease of getting to a beautiful waterfall, and the life jackets/lifeguards staffed at the waterfall that allow you to swim the base of the falls for no additional fee (this is included in your entrance fee to the park.) Truly a “something for everyone” experience and something I recommend on the top 10 things to do to all our visiting friends and family so that they get the experience of seeing a great waterfall without a strenuous, muddy, slippery, off-road hike. This waterfall is located on the North Shore of Oahu, directly across from Waimea Bay. The rainy season here is in the winter months: mostly between Dec-Feb. I recommend going to Waimea Falls after a heavy rainfall or several days of rain because you’ll get the full, abundant waterfall - but without the muddy/slippery conditions you’d battle on the other unpaved trails in the mountains. (Unless you’re into that sort of thing, and want the challenge - then there are dozens and dozens more like trails like that on Oahu!) Notes: NO drones are allowed in the park. There is a snack bar, changing station and bathroom once you get to the falls, as well as seating for family member who do not want to swim the falls. Waimea Valley is a heavily forested nature preserve, so I would strongly recommend a deep woods bug spray on this trail so that you can enjoy the bounty of nature you’ll experience here, without the pestilence of mosquitoes in your nostrils. Since parking is included with your admission to the park, if you go early enough in the day to do the falls and hike back out, you already have parking and are just across the street from Waimea Bay - it may be worth it to just make a day of it and walk on down to the beach while you’re there, without fighting the parking battle you normally would at Waimea Bay. Enjoy! iG: @steph_biddy

Abdulla AlMulla
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Hiking

Nice for families but not adrenaline junkies.

Zac Sanders
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Sibel Spahija
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Miguel Gurrola
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Greg & Tamara Palmertree
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Nice floral walk....lots of people....pretty falls....easy walk for all abilities

John Medeiros
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Hiking

LOTS of mosquitoes!

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Christie R.
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HikingFee

This is more than just a hike and we feel it was worth the entry fee. Give yourself enough time to take it all in, we took whole family including special needs daughter. We were all able to complete the hike to the falls in flip flops. The trail is all paved, with multiple options to add to the adventure, to include off main trail paths for viewing of mock ups and buildings on the original island culture, real sacred ground and multiple flower and tree gardens from around the world. Even though it was a sunny day! :) we decided not to swim as we had a plane to catch a bit later that evening. The lifeguards were very nice and helpful. They did take a few great pictures for us with the falls in the background. There are multiple spots to use the restrooms and purchase drinks and or food. There were booths along the way that were fun for my teenage boys and were centered around the culture of the island and immediate area.

Nicole M.
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Elaine Gregory
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Hiking

Beautiful gardens and waterfall. Paved road all the way to the waterfall. Fun swimming in the waterfall but expect very cold water. They also now make you wear life vest to swim in it. Great place to take people when they come to visit.

Jerome Aroni
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Cindy Anderson
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HikingFee

family friendly paved hike. took about 20 minutes to complete. you can swim at the waterfall but with a life jacket that the lifeguard provides. Mahalo!

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Erik and Robin Lanphier
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Hiking

Easy but amazingly beautiful!!

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Lauren Quinn
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Hiking

The botany is pretty. It’s pretty meh.

Dawn Pickert
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Nature tripsFee

Took my 5 yr old and 4 mos old to this hike. It definitely is more of a nature walk. The main path is paved and is accessible to wheel chairs, strollers, and the like. For parents with little ones, if you plan of doing the other trails, they are not accessible to strollers and I recommend a carrier of some sort. Multiple stairs and the off paths can be slick depending on the tread of your shoes. This time of year, was pretty cool under the canopy of the trees, as it was shaded the entire way. It was comfortable for me and the 5 year old but I recommend pants for babies. They sell water shoes ($20) and towels ($20) by the waterfall so bring your own. The water was pretty chilly as well roughly 75 degrees.

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