Waimea Valley Trail

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

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
20 days ago

there are other waterfalls on the island just a beautiful that you don't have to pay to visit...

hiking
22 days ago

Super family-friendly walk and still beautiful.

27 days ago

Beautiful walk to the falls. It's $16 for adults to enter and it's a very easy walk on paved path to falls.

29 days ago

The falls were a bit lackluster but the trail was spectacular. Flowers, trees, and gardens on both sides.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and accessible for any age,heavily trafficked. However,mostly on the weekend,and holidays. Rather rewarding waterfall,and lagoon at the end.

walking
2 months ago

Very easy, the whole walk is clearly marked and paved. Lovely scenery and such lush vegetation with botanical signage AND historic Hawaiian sites with bits of interesting history for those interested all along the walk to the falls. Bathrooms at the beginning and end, not very crowded in March.

2 months ago

It was a quick and easy hike. Any age can do it and they provide life jackets to use for swimming near the waterfall. Must pay $17 to enter.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy, fun hike! Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/vmDjCu1t6jc

Waimea Valley Waterfalls is located on the North Shore of Oahu across from Waimea Bay. Enter this into your GPS: Waimea Valley Road, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712.
Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week
Adult - $16.00
Senior - $12.00 (age 62+)
Student - $12.00 (college student must present I.D.)
Child - $8.00 (ages 4-12)
Group Rate - $12.00 (per person - group of over 10 Adults)

Take a casual walk on a paved path through Botanical Gardens and Historical Sites up to the Waterfall area. The hike is 3/4 of a mile one way or 1 1/2 miles round trip. Swim at the waterfalls as stay as long as you'd like. There are bathrooms to change in. If you're up for more excitement, head across the street to the ocean called Waimea Bay. You'll find spots to rock climb, snorkel, scuba dive and cliff jump.

For more videos of Hawaii Hikes, cliff jumping and scuba diving, check out GREEN BERET UNLIMITED on YouTube and HIKING HAWAII on FaceBook.

4 months ago

Learn about hawaiian history saw birds that i don't usually see around the island and there were many photographic opportunities. kid friendly and relaxing

4 months ago

Not much of a hike, more a good walk on paved path with lots of little side trails to explore. Depending on how much it rained the waterfall can be big or more on the smaller side. You can get life jackets at the fall and go for a swim. Unfortunately entry is rather expensive with $16 adults $8 for kids for visitors to the island. With a family of 4 it’s almost $50. The botanical gardens are pretty and a lot of interesting things can be seen and learned though. Beautiful scenery but rather touristy.

hiking
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

My kids and I enjoyed this walk quite a bit! We were lucky in that we found both peacocks and rare birds.
It’s a very easy, paved path that also offers a train service with several stops along the way. The train fills quickly, though.
There were a lot of cool cultural sites, and the kids enjoyed seeing the waterfall from the bridge about 3/4 of the way up.
The swim was awesome! They have life jackets available and two very kind life guards to help with the fitting. There is stadium styled seating for those not swimming, and the pool never seems to be too full.
The path down is pretty slippery. Watch your step, and maybe bring some water shoes for the kids. It was a lot of fun! The kids swam for about an hour before getting worn out.
There is also a small food shack just past the information desk.

4 months ago

It's more of a natural walk down a paved road. You have to pay to get in. That being said, very beautiful nonetheless.

4 months ago

Cool place to bring the kids. Easy walk to the water fall.

hiking
5 months ago

This is an educational trail/path with beautiful landscapes throughout. There are a lot of historical sites and information on this walk. The paths are paved so it’s not a physically challenging hike. I very much enjoyed my time here.

walking
5 months ago

You have to pay for an admission fee to get into the park. $16 per adult and $8 for a kid. It’s not a hike at all, just strolling in the paved road. There are a lot of trees, bushes, flowers and cultural heritage sites to enjoy a long the way. You can swim at the waterfall. But rating as a hiking trail, I have to give two stars only for the waterfall and facilities (bathroom and changing room).

6 months ago

It is an extremely easy walk. Good for strollers, kids, etc. The gardens are nice. Swimming at the fall is worth it. The water is a little bit colder than the beach, just a little.

6 months ago

super easy walking. about 20 minutes to the falls if you don't stop & enjoy the plants. It's a paved road all the way up thru a botanical garden. nice way to kill a few hours.

walking
6 months ago

Super easy wide road paved walk through a series of different plants/botanical garden. Not a hike at all. Tourist area, pay to get in, walk down a paved road passed/through plants and it ends at a waterfall and swimming hole that you have to get a life vest from the lifeguard to go into and he monitors it and lets you jump from 1 specified little area a few feet up from the water top. It was a nice place to take older mainland parents to see Hawai‘i and stroll safely and at their own pace.

nature trips
6 months ago

Not the trail I expected, it's paved And more touristy than I thought it would be. but it's not a bad trail. It's more of an educational trail consisting of different vegetation from around the world. Everything is labeled to identify what it is and where it's from. The waterfall at the end of the trail is FREEZING COLD and requires a life jacket (provided by the lifeguard). It's a pretty little nature walk.

walking
6 months ago

Easy walk, lots of flower, trees and birds. Swimming out to the waterfall was awesome, but the water is cold. No cell phone reception was nice!

walking
7 months ago

With so many beautiful hikes on Oahu this one was not very impressive. It was pretty and the trail had interesting historical boards to read. The waterfall is nice but the tourist traffic really draws away from the beauty and the worst part of it all is they force you to wear a life vest to swim in the pool under the waterfall. The admission price is steep at $16 a person and the entire trail is paved. If you are looking for a tourist attraction this is it.

7 months ago

Nice family hike! Beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy is an understatement. Paved all the way to the waterfall. Defiantly family/tourist driven. also cost $16 to get in.

8 months ago

If you are looking for an actual hike go someplace else. This is an over priced tourist trap. $12 per person to walk 3/4 of a mile with about 200 of your favorite variety of tourists down to a "waterfall". All along the way are plants that have been transplanted from other locations. Once at the "waterfall" if you want to take a cool dip, you must get a life jacket from the lifeguards who will Rey very hard to get a tip from you. Almost impossible to get quality photos as there are tons of people all over the place. Definitely a waste of time and money.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great family walk and we will definitely do this again. Recommend bringing swimsuits for the falls with aqua socks/water shoes. The life jackets are provided and are mandatory.

walking
8 months ago

Paved path with lots of history, information and flora to explore. Make sure to bring swim suit for the falls and stop to play the ancient Hawaiian games.

8 months ago

It was a great pleasure to walk the trails of Waimea Valley . My first adventure with my wife . We had a great experience

8 months ago

Beautiful trail, pathed, kid friendly, gorgeous trees and flowers.

8 months ago

Directions are a bit confusing. We parked at the sign that said Kokee Park. Didn't know til later that you can also park at the outlook and trek down. On the right of the sign is a road that goes down to the trail. We were going to take our car but decided not to because we weren't sure if there were any turnaround areas/no warnings or anything. Trails are marked up until you past the outlook of the canyon. We got a bit lost after the first little waterfall but made waterfall facing the canyon. I thought we were going to see waifoo falls from the bottem but you actually are in top of waifoo falls. It was only in helicopter the next day that I saw where we were at and saw the waterfall. Great place for canyon view and drone photos!

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