03 Nov Hiking Trails & State Parks
Kauai is paradise for hikers and sightseers. Na Pali Coast State Park, Kalalau Trail, Wimea Canyon State Park, and Wailua Falls highlight an impressive list of hiking options filled with dramatic landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and awe-inspiring views.
Na Pali Coast State Park is filled with incredible views and vistas. The cliffs can reach over 4,000 feet in elevation, producing views not only of the Pacific Ocean, but also the lush Kalalau valley and waterfalls. Formed in 1983 to protect the valley, the state park is perfect for hikers, explorers, and campers.
The Kalalau Trail, part of Na Pali Coast State Park, winds and weaves over 11 miles across 5 valleys. Hikers are treated to tropical valleys, steep cliffs, and sweeping ocean views. Though challenging, the trail offers the opportunity to experience Kalalau beach. Surrounded by cliffs and jungles, it is considered one of the most revered beaches in the world.
Waimea Canyon State Park is a must for anyone who admires the Grand Canyon. Nearly 10 miles long and 3,000 feet deep, Waimea Canyon is considered the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Beautiful red soil, lush greenery, and the Waimea River highlight one of the treasures of the island.
Wailua Falls, located at the south end of the Wailua River, offers easily accessible breathtaking views of the waterfall. The spectacular falls were featured in the opening credits of the TV show “Fantasy Island” and drop nearly 200 feet into the river below.
These are only a few of the many options for hikers, climbers, explorers, and adventurers. For anyone that loves the great outdoors, Kauai is a true “bucket list” destination.