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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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71%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Takes about 15 minutes to walk to off trail of craters road. you will hike towards a platform area and when you get close you will start seeing all these indented dots and figures on the rocks. really cool to check out. speaks to the beauty of the Polynesian experience and history in Hawaii.

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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is an easy 20-minute walk (2.5km round-trip hike) over an old lava flow to an interesting ancient Hawaiian petroglyph site. The area was quite deserted when we did the trail in the late afternoon on a rather rainy day and the stark scenery was quite beautiful

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH
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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It is a harsh walk in, about 0.7 miles, but feels twice that due to the very rough lava rock. Not really a trail but a path marked with rock piles. At the end is a long boardwalk for viewing of a sample of the over 20,000 petroglyphs at this location. The pretroglyphs are the best and most numerous I've... More 

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Canada
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52 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

I mean it's just carvings in rock, but the history and and culture is extraordinary. It's about a 15min over small up and down rocky terrain. Easy walking at a moderate pace. Just to see the different carvings a d to think of the purpose for them was awesome. If you have time, make this short hike.

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Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We hiked the .7 mile hike across lava fields following the pile of rocks until we reached the boardwalk to walk around the area where the petroglyphs are located. Mostly the round circles where they buried umbilical cords but there were other markings as well. You will want sturdy shoes and water if it is hot as it was the... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

Takes about 15-20 min to walk in and another 15-20 to walk out not to mention how much time you will spend looking at the petroglyphs. We saw people walking in about 30 min before sunset. If you don't bring a flashlight, you are going to have a real HARD time finding your way back.

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PA
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48 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It's a lava field, people, and you have to walk .7mi to get to the petroglyphs. Wear sensible shoes and have a good sense of balance because the way is rocky and uneven. The path isn't well marked, but if you follow the built up piles of rocks, you'll make it there. Once there, keep to the wooden walkway and... More 

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Palm Springs
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The petroglyphs are interesting and the walk is just .7 miles each way. Come back the way you came after you get to the petroglyph field. There are just a few signs and a couple have fallen down. The Mauna Lani Resort, or whoever is responsible for maintaining this area, should get out there and fix things and empty the... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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