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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Do not miss the petroglyphs in the lava field. It is a 1.7 mile hike from the road. Be on the lookout as you can see a few on your way there or back. Then head to the End of the Chain of Craters Road to see the lava flow of 2003.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I can't agree with those saying this is a "Quick" or "Easy" hike. Its 1.4 miles over lava rock. Hot and hard on the ankles! We got there and were underwhelmed by the number of recognizable petroglyphs. We could have saved the hike and just looked at the pictures others posted.

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Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you are already driving past this area on Chain of Craters Road, I would definitely recommend stopping and taking the 30-40 minutes to look at these petroglyphs...the walk is pretty easy, although it is over uneven hot black lava. Definitely take water it gets hot. I thought they were pretty neat, and feel it was well worth the few... More

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YORK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I liked knowing a bit about them before seeing them...knowing that this was a sacred site where people buried the umbilical cord of new borns made the small circles more meaningful

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Better things to see and do in the park. Underwhelmed with the petroglyphs and very little explanation.

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New Hyde Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The trail to the petroglyphs goes thru the woods and takes 15-20 minutes. All of a sudden you come to a clearing and there are hundreds of Petroglyphs. Don't miss this

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We recently visited this. It is a great piece of history. The hike from the road seems much longer than .7 miles. It is over Lava Rock (not surprisingly). The hike itself is good. Once you reach the Petroglyphs themselves we were underwhelmed. Might be due to the longer than expected hike that we had higher expectations. If you have... More

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Wollongong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The walk to the petroglyths is a bit over 1 km, so takes around 15-20 minutes over fairly old lava flows, making it interesting in its own right. The main area of petroglyths is surrounded by a raised roughly circular boardwalk which is probably around 150 m in circumference. There are hundreds of the drawings to observe and the harshness... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Much more varied and interesting that other petroglyphs we saw on this island. Also many small holes on this sacred site that were--and still are--used to bury umbilical cords. Well worth the 0.7 mile walk across the lava (which is rather photogenic itself). At mile marker 16 on Chain of Craters Road.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

How many places can you see petroglyphs? Park your car, don the sunscreen, hat, and good walking shoes (not flip-flops), and begin your approximately 1-mile trek across lava fields to see this ancient Hawaiian art before Western influence. The walk is not particularly arduous, but it is rough and uneven with minor climbing over lava chunks at times (if you... More

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