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Akaka Falls State Park

End of Akaka Falls Road, Off Hwy 220, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-974-6200
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Ranked #3 of 39 Attractions in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Stopped by on our travels around the island. Great views of the falls and valley surrounding them. Charge $5 for parking which is worth it.

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Streamwood
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

20 minute loop of a walk around stunning natural beauty. The falls are spectacular of course but the rain forest around it are choked with bamboo thickets, ferns, majestic trees and wild orchids. $5 admission to park, well worth it. Must see.

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Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Akaka Falls is a small state park well worth a visit if you are near Hilo. We went at the end of the day and nearly had the place to ourselves. In fact we stayed past closing time (parked outside the gate) and walked the loop twice. Everything looks a little different coming from the opposite direction. The lush landscaping... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We stopped by here on the day we visited the hilo side. It was a nice walk (30 minute round trip) to see the falls, there was beautiful foliage along the way. Even though we had 2 young children with us, it was a very nice hike. A great spot for family photo!

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The 20minute (approx) loop walk around to the falls is just lovely. Quite a few stairs, but the foliage provides plenty of shade, so is suitable for a family if you have little ones to consider. There is a cost of $5 to park your car, as there are very few allocated parking spaces.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Akaka Falls lookout was an easy, half-kilometer loop along a paved trail (with stairs). We walked along the recommended, counter-clockwise route, and first saw the slightly smaller waterfall before we emerged to see Akaka Falls itself. The view was beautiful! I was misled to believe that we would hike down near the bottom of the falls by the constant... More

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Nice walk through the park overseeing that lush green forest from Hawaii. Great picture at the end...

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Akaka Falls is a 10 minute ride from Hilo. You will love the entrance to the falls. Beautiful, lush and tropical. Breathtaking waterfalls. A must see attraction.

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Take the long path to the right for an easy walk through the rain forest. The falls are really beautiful and I loved the scenery. Definitely worth the stop.

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Durham, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a 420' waterfall that you can easily walk to .It is located just off the main highway again making acces quick and easy. You can park in the park but the number of spots are limited. It costs $5.00/ car. Many parked outside the park and walked in about 100-200 yd and pay $1.00/ person. There is a... More

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