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Lava Tree State Park

Pahoa-Kapoho Road (Highway 132), Puna district, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-974-6200
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Pahoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Lava Tree State Park is pretty interesting. It is a short-30 minutes or so-hike on a paved trail loop that takes you past many casts of tree trunks that were overrun by lava. The lava coats the tree trunk and burns out the tree leaving casts up to 10-12 feet tall. It is surrounded by jungle and I actually saw... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It was a great drive there but when you get there it was just petrified trees. It is great to be able to say you've been.

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Salinas, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Plants and more plants along this short winding path through the park. The lava tree lava formations are awesome. Nice diversion. Bathrooms available. Picnic areas.

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Lava pool was our favorite natural pool on Big Island. It was gorgeous, we felt pretected from the powerful waves by the rocks and walk there was gorgeous Highly recommend it.

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Bathurst, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

An amazing sight, to see trees but consisting of lava. Like all parks in Hawaii that we visited, this one is excellently maintained and very reasonably priced (free!).

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Simi Valley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

It was ok, not much to see! The walk was nice with the trees and plants. I wouldn't go back..............................

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Frankfurt, Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It takes max. 30min to complete the walk around the park and the 3 most interesting picture points are available in every brochure.

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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I was expecting to see a very small park with a few lava trees just off the parking lot that I could look at and photograph in just a few minutes and be on my way. I was pleasantly surprised to see a large park with lush vegetation and a large number of interesting lava trees. One of the lava... More

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La Grange, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you are in the area it is well worth the stop. Very peaceful and serene. The walk around the park is short but take it slow and enjoy the view. There is information that explains how the trees were formed-very interesting. The kids and I took lots of great pictures of all the beautiful flowers and fauna-they look like... More

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Lake Placid, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

I drove to the lavva tree state park when I was in the area. I wouldn't make a special trip to see it. Not what I was expecting. The trees look more like clumps of lava. Which you can see about anywhere on the Big Island.

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