Explore the most popular paddle sports trails in United States with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awful! 3 break ins during daylight and one couple was only away for 30 mins! We ended up leaving after seeing the damage people were doing! Didn’t feel safe at all! The drive made us feel like we were in a 3rd world country is was so gross and run down!

I visited The Cove Palisades State Park on an overcast mid-January day.
There are apparently 3 ways to get to the trailhead: park at the day-use or boat ramp parking lots ($5) or start from your camp site (if you overnight there). From the trail-head information panel (sign up the register there if you'd like) it is about 1.25 uphill for a 600ft elevation gain. A bit of a workout but not really too challenging (depending on what shape you are in of course). The trail is sometimes narrow and (I got there after a few days of on-again/off-again rain) muddy. There are a few wooden steps sections in the first half but, again, nothing too put too much of a strain on joints.
Once on the plateau, the main objective is to complete the Tam-a-Lau loop (about 3.5 miles). The loop includes a 1.25 miles traverse between the Deschute River and Crooked River canyons, and hugs the edge of the plateau, above the rivers, for 1+ miles each side. As the trail stays very close to the edge, there are countless opportunities for carefully looking over the edge and taking pictures.
I decided to extend the standard loop by continuing on the dirt road on the west side of the Crooked River Canyon for about 0.66 miles until another dirt road branches a 90 degrees on the left to connect with the South Peninsula (dirt) road after 2. miles. I then descended the South Peninsula Rd for another .75 miles to the edge of the lower plateau above the Crooked River. I got off the road and followed the edge of the lower plateau for a while; the views a quite amazing on that section too... but stay extra vigilant as it is a fully vertical drop to the river below and the edge is a place eroded and starting to separate from the main landmass.
Rather than retracing my steps, I followed a use trail directly up to the summit plateau and the Tam-a-Lau loop.
I did give 5 stars on account of the stunning views of the river and the canyon walls (not to forget a short visit to the Crooked River petroglyph just off the road). You have however to love the desert to completely share my enthusiasm; not lush forests, no (accessible) water, sparse arid vegetation... this is likely a very hot a dry place to be if you visit during the warmer times of the year. Of course, in you are here to enjoy water sports too you would have many options to compensate for a sweaty day on the trail.

Trail head only accessible by kayaking or paddle boarding there first! Best to go early morning when the river isn’t congested. It was a bit muddy so wear sandals with ankle straps or water shoes. There’s a part where you need to cross a river that can go up maybe thigh high. Use of bug spray is also recommended!

Nice easy trail,great for families

2 days ago

leave super early and experience the water looking like glass. very peaceful and quiet truly breathtaking

My first real hike. Definitely would recommend it to anyone who’s never went hiking. Beautiful ending and scenery.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful easy walk!

trail running
2 days ago

I enjoy this trails every time I go

Excellent hike to get your hiking legs back. Elevation is just enough to get your heart pumping and the views are incredible.

hiking
2 days ago

If youre looking for a hell of a work out combined with amazing views this is the spot for you.

very enjoyable

Alrighty. Humping it in from Ha’ena Beach Park, hiked it to the end which accordingly is 12 miles, but the miles felt really long. The first 6.5 miles is mostly in the jungle with the occasional appearances on the cliff ledge near the water. Mind you majority of the hike is on the ledge. If camping comes to mind going or coming back, you can camp at mile 2, mile 6, and at the end of the trail. Anyways, when you get to Crawler’s Ledge, just before mile 7, is where it opens up and the views get better. Be prepared to hear the helicopters the entire hike. Just before you descend to the beach, there’s a Kalalau sign and just to the left you get slapped with another amazing view. It’s a great hike. Just remember to stop then look. It can be slick along the trail so mind your step. Plenty of streams along the way, so replenish your water sources (filter). Fruit trees scattered about at the end and a waterfall as well to clean up and replenish your water sources. If you have extra food you don’t need, pass it on to some of the folks that stay camped out at Kalalau Beach. Enjoy!

Great trail

Went with my 11 & 16 year old to the waterfall. Perfect day hike for an active family. Both my kids said it was a highlight of our Kauai trip and we did a lot of awesome things! Very beautiful.

nice trail to walk in the snow

hiking
3 days ago

No mosquitoes. Set on a bench and rested and saw a possum cross the trail. Lots of armadillos; they go crashing through the woods when They hear you. By the way. There are lots of roots. Keep an eye out

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful! Our favorite part of our Oregon coast trip. Even in the middle of winter it was colorful and alive. Very easy. Got a little crowded on the way out so go early. Easy for any age. Don't turn around before you get to the end! We almost missed the last waterfall because we weren't sure if we had already passed it. There are multiple cool areas and waterfalls along the trail.

Great hike along the water. Beautiful views along the way. Very enjoyable. When I hiked this it was pretty well traveled and some spots made ‘two lane’ traffic interesting. I did go on a fee-free Park day. Trailhead has a bathroom, picnic area, and lake access.

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