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Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic...

Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic eruption of 1959.

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Eerie, haunting.

This trail is about an hour, on a path that is clearly marked out by being paved most of the way. There are some shaded part, given by the trees that were not killed by the lava... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
mimi g
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Madrid, Spain
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Vienna, Austria
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47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Devastation Trail, as part of the suggested stops while visiting the Volcano National Park, is highlighted in some guide books as a must-see. With this review I would like to adjust the perspective on this sight. It is interesting to see, but it certainly is not the most important part of the Volcano National Park. Nature has reclaimed most... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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165 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail is about an hour, on a path that is clearly marked out by being paved most of the way. There are some shaded part, given by the trees that were not killed by the lava flow. It is advised not to stray off the path and ruin the flora which is slowly reclaiming the barren land. One can... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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142 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

This is an easy walk through the lava fields on a paved trail. Lots to learn about the eruption in 1959 along the way. Great vantage point at the end to look into the crater. I recommend for anyone who can walk a gentle trail for about a mile

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Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Wonderful,easy walk. Stark contrast between forest and lava flow. Trail good for forest birds and orchids. Great view of crater at end of trail. Teens enjoyed this trail. I have taken this trail many times over the last 20 years or so and enjoy it each time.

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Thank sandygreenberg
Long Island, New York
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178 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We visited Devastation Trail during a recent visit to Volcanoes National Park. This was a second visit, first time being 11 years ago. This area of the park was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1959 and we viewed how plant life revives after this natural phenomenon. Signs are easy to follow within the National Park, the trail is about... More 

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Thank Mary136
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Easy hike, pretty level. The overlook is worth seeing (into caldra). The stark landscape of the area around the trail is interesting. I've been there before and it seems that some of the vegetation has grown up since I was there last (duh).

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Thank Ruth F
Bismarck, North Dakota
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

A walk from the KMC office to the Volcano Museum. Has a short branch which you have to turn around and come back the same way and also a long branch to the museum. Numerous stimulating, breathtaking views into/over the crater. Many different plant species, very beautiful. Must see if you are in the area.

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Thank Scott E
Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We were surprised to find wild orchid and sulfur hills on this walk. It was certainly worth the time and you need to be patient, since it looks like nothing in the beginning. A bit hard to find the trail- Ask.

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El Cerrito, California
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185 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Devastation Trail is located toward the end of the Crater Rim Drive section that remains open. You can access it from either end of the trail, but the Pu’u Pua’i Overlook provides a scenic view as well. This easy, flat trail (1 mi round trip) reveals the destruction from the cinders that rained down on the native rain forest during... More 

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Sooke, Canada
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28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Very cool, and scary to contemplate! The devastation was stunning in its scope. Lots of trees wiped out, entire landscapes scoured with lava that looks like torn up asphalt pavement.

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