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Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: An easy one-hour hike through meadowlands and old growth forest.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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93 reviews 93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

This is an incredibly beautiful park, with birds which will come right up to you (looking for a handout, no doubt, but still...!) Be sure to pick up and follow the well-written trail guide as you go in, and by the time you exit, I am sure you will want to donate more than the suggested donation amount to keep... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We loved this little hiking trail. Took it in the morning and shadows highlighted the plants and made for great photos. We did see the pea fowl and several other bird species. Loved listening to them sing.

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Olympia, Washington
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112 reviews 112 reviews
35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We have taken this loop a number of times and there is always a lot to see. Lots of interesting birds and plants. On our last trip we went on a NPS-led hike. The guide provided a lot of great information of the plants and birds, their inter-relationships, and made the trek even more special. The hike is not too... More

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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This 8,600 year old "kipuka" (island of ancient vegetation surrounded by younger lava flows) is a rare glimpse of biological diversity of tree, plant, bird and insect on Big Island. The 19th and 20th century livestock grazing damage has mostly been restored; the environment is getting back to native growth. I went on a guided walk with a master forester…... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

A very nice walk. Plenty of shade. Benches along the path to rest (if needed). Amazing changes in eco-systems in such a small space. If you are headed to the Volcano… don't miss this nearby park.

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Vermont, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

This lovely hiking trail is a bit off the main tourist route of Volcanoes Park, but worth finding. There's a self-guided nature trail that describes how parts of the park have been recovered from invasive plants that threatened native species. I found it inspiring and beautiful.

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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My mom and I bought a guide booklet to the Kipuka Puaulu bird park trail at the information center and shop at the Volcanoes National Park. We originally thought it was accessible from within the park but then found you have to go back to the main road and drive about 5 miles to get to entrance but it was... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Mostly aimed at birders, this little hike has birds galore! We were there early in the morning, and were treated to a bird song symphony. The hike itself is easy and almost entirely in the shade. A must see for birders and other nature nerds :)

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Mount Desert, Maine
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We enjoyed the pheasants (even though they were once imported from Asia) and the shady, green environment. Such a contrast from the stark lava landscapes in other parts of the park. Yes, we also heard way more birds than we were able to see, but it was fun listening and looking for them. Beautiful spot!

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Ripon, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
18 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Lot's of birds, trees and plants. Benches to sit on,,just a very nice place to visit. Close to the park,,be sure to see the tree wells nearby,

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