Wailua Falls Trail

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Wailua Falls Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lihue, Hawaii that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

0.3 miles
45 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

rock climbing

scenic driving

trail running







wild flowers



over grown



washed out

no dogs

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, but if you cant resist the amazing Bucket-List waterfall experience be prepared to hike down the cliff trail located to the far right of the look-out spot. Start by walking back on the road for about 50 yards, then jump the guard rail and look for the trail head, 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.

13 days ago

24 days ago

Awesome view of the fall

trail running
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2 months ago

This was by far the best hike we did. Yes a little sketchy but totally worth it.

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5 months ago

fairly simple trail thanks to those who installed ropes. without them the trail would have been difficult, if not impossible.

5 months ago

Only go if you are experienced & not afraid of steep hills & holding onto roots & rocks along the way. Not recommended by locals as it is no longer maintained. Thank god for the volunteers who added the ropes, impossible without them. The waterfall is amazing but definitely very difficult & slippery to get down & back up. Do not go on a rainy day.

7 months ago

Very difficult trail with erosion and very slippery and steep. Basically climbed down using the roots and rocks as holds. The trail leads to the bottom of the waterfall. View from the bottom is spectacular when sunny. The water was refreshing and you definitely need a dip after getting down there. Challenging but worth it.

7 months ago

Didnt plan to hike down but it was just so appealing... yes it was close and fenced up..but still found our way down..
It is steep and we used the rope that were already there. So THANKYOU to whoever put them on! I couldn't have gone down without it!!!
beautiful majestic rage of the waterfall.. my husband swam in and i stayed out to capture him and all the wild tropical nature around it!!!
Definitely worth a hike down! What an experience!

7 months ago

Just FYI. The trail is "closed" most likely because this is a high tourism spot and the way down is very steep. However, the trail is quite easy if you're careful but there is a good amount of potential for serious injury in the way down or up. Be careful. Jump the wall and hang on to the ropes. Very slippery and wet beneath the falls. If swimming, stay away from where the falls hit the creek. You will be sucked under if you don't. Be safe. Have fun

8 months ago

This trail is closed.

9 months ago

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11 months ago

The trail was the best part because its so raw. You literally hold on to plants so you won't fall. I'm here on a rainy season so its muddy & very slippery. If you're an adrenaline junkie, this is great. It's short but it was so cool to do that trail. The waterfalls is ehhh.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Not recommend for small children or elderly people, but it was worth the hike down, very steep

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The trail was rough and was hard to get down but once you get down and the waterfalls were great.