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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

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Address: Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI

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Long walk

It's a long hot walk after all the drive up sites on chain of craters, Our seven year old led the hike. As long as you see an occasional large stack of rocks, you are in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We walked 1.4 miles round trip to view these in the hot sun with no shade. When we got there it was underwhelming. There wasn't that many there that were very readable and there wasn't a story they were kinda random. If you go, bring water and sun block.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

It's a long hot walk after all the drive up sites on chain of craters, Our seven year old led the hike. As long as you see an occasional large stack of rocks, you are in the right track. Wear sunscreen and carry water. The petroglyphs are cool along the board walk, once you get there.

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Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We enjoyed our drive on the Chain of Craters Road and the short walk to the Petroglyphs was very cool. For the most part of our time there we had the site to ourselves which made it even more amazing. Be sure to stop the walk is easy and the trip back in time very special

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Wasilla, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Located about .7 miles off of the road is this little boardwalk that encircles some examples of the petroglyphs. It is worth the walk to see, but can get very hot if the sun is out.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This was really neat to see. We hiked there without a tour group, but there was one we joined when we got there. I'm glad we did. There aren't many signs explaining what the petroglyphs are thought to be representative of, but the tour guide gave us all of the information. He even led us off the path to hidden... More 

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Volcano, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Take this short side trip along Chain of Craters Road. Hike across lava field to find a boardwalk around ancient petroglyphs. Well worth the trip!

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Enfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Located at the end of Chain of Craters trail, within the Hawaii Volcano National Park, 19 scenic miles from the visitor center. Be prepared for hot/windy conditions with water, a hat, good walking shoes, and sunscreen to walk less than a mile across a well marked lava field to a boardwalk that surrounds the petroglyph site. Petroglyph's are carved in... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

About .5 mile each way. You need to be in reasonable shape to hike it. The Petroglyphs are neat and the site is well preserved.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The short hike to the petroglyphs over the volcanic rock was really fun and we loved the petroglyphs and the explanation of the umbilical cords. Well worth our time. I saw someone doing the trail in flip-flops but I wouldn't recommend it. The rocks can be sharp!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The hike is 1.5 miles round trip over lava fields. It is not a difficult hike, but in my opinion not worth the payoff. It is neat if you have never seen anything like this before, but when I got to the end I kept wondering if this was it?

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Address: Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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