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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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This was quite a long hike over rough lave fields, but well worth the effort to view the petroglyphs at the end of the trail. After this stop, finish the drive down to the end of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Martina O
San Antonio, Florida

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San Antonio, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was quite a long hike over rough lave fields, but well worth the effort to view the petroglyphs at the end of the trail. After this stop, finish the drive down to the end of the road and to the beach for another beautiful view of the Pacific.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thought the petroglyphs were pretty good, a bit more challenging to get to the petroglyph area than I had expected. The pictures I had seen made it seem like a boardwalk trail, however the boardwalk is just in the area right by the petroglyphs so people don't step on top of them. Not difficult for me but would be for... More 

Thank UncleCharlie
Ignacio, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This trail is about 1 1/2 miles round trip across the lava flow to see early petroglyphs chiseled in the lava lots of them to see, some very easy to spot others takes more time looking for them

Thank buffaloman69
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This spot looks so nice with the sun going down at the end of the day. It is at a great location. Worth to visit

Thank Juliavds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

U have to walk in ann old lava flow, and how interesting to find these drawings in the rock and what they represent.. We are still mystified by the WHY of their presence at only this location...

Thank Guy L
Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This hike was really cool, towards the boardwalk that is. The .7 mile trail (1.4 round trip) is over very uneven terrain. While the terrain is not difficult it is in the direct heat of the sun. There is no water available along the Chain of Craters road so be sure you have plenty, you will need t if you... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I had been to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park many times, but never stopped to see the Petroglyphs, I am *so* glad my sister really wanted to see them. They are right under your feet, quite literally. It is a small hike (for this island) out to the boardwalk area (some guide books mention a boardwalk, and we thought it would... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

There are some great petroglyphs here...but if you keep your eyes open you can see really amazing petroglyphs all over the Island. The walk to get out there isn't that great, so I felt for the effort it wasn't really worth it...unless you have a lot of time in the park and are really into archeology.

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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

The hike is apx 40 mins to an hour one way...........go early in the morning as it gets hot by midday. Make sure to take water with you and your camera. Read up on the history to really enjoy what you are viewing. Please do not go off the path, keep this sacred and special.

Thank Janet D
Ostrava, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

If you have just a very short time in the park, you may skip this- otherwise it's quite interesting to see how people used to live in a place like that and how creative they were. We were surprised to find out that the hundreds of holes everywhere used to be made for umbilical cords of new born babies. Use... More 

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