We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Devastation Trail

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
Update attraction details
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Walking
10 visitor photos
Write a Review

47 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    15
    18
    14
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Cleveland, Ohio
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This short and easy trail is paved and provides a great view of the back of the cinder cone and the devastation from the 1959 eruption. Be on the lookout for "tree holes", ne-nes and the remains of the "old" Crater Rim Drive".

Was this review helpful? Yes
Easton, Massachusetts
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We took this brief walk/hike inside Volcanoes National Park. It's quick and worth seeing the destruction of trees/brush that the volcano caused. It's very delineated and interesting to see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Herts
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is a great little trek to show you the aftermath of what an eruption does to the surrounding landscape! It's almost a moonlike landscape! Again make sure you have a guidebook, some back ground info otherwise you will not appreciate the trial

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bellingham, Washington
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

This trail illustrates how vegetation returns after an eruption that wipes out all growth. It's interesting but I enjoyed other things in the park much more.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
314 reviews 314 reviews
60 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Devastation trail sounds a lot more interesting than it really is. Its literally a parking lot to parking lot half mile walk. It is essentially the remains of an old fern forest that was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 50s. You can see where the lava came through and completely wiped out the forest. On one side you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
jeanne pace
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Very knowledgeable volunteer guide led us on a fascinating, easy hike into the devastation zone -Had I done the hike on my own I would have missed so much of what there is to see and understand. highly recommend!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

While almost everything in the Volcano National Park is beautiful, this "trail" is a short half mile walk from parking lot to parking lot. It is called the Devastation Trail however if you have walked amongst the lava fields throughout the day, this will be pretty disappointing. Save the 30 to 60 minute walk and go explore down Chain of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Horst
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
40 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The name was attracting us because it sounded spectacular. However the devastation trail was a bit disapointing. This may also be the case because we took already many hikes in the park. It is a nice hike but if you have to make choices do not consider this one. A hike in the forest and near sliding sands mountains.The walk... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Derby, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
32 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Dont rush this drive - stop at the various vantage points and take in the sheer might of the earth and how she can destroy things in her path. There is a lot to see make sure you bring plenty to drink as it can get pretty hot on the lave flows

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pearl City, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

The vegetation has grown in. I remember doing this as a kid and it really earned its name back then. Still a nice walk to see the cinder cone a crater.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Devastation Trail also viewed

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Devastation Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Devastation Trail, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing