Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve
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gw2047
Atlanta, GA124 contributions
May 2022
This is a great (relatively short) hike for seeing petroglyphs, but make sure you have on good shoes (sneakers or sturdier are recommended) and are relatively sure-footed. There is almost no elevation change, but lots of rocks, roots, and other uneven ground can be hard on your ankles. Also watch your head as you navigate under the tree. The trail is clear, but doesn't have any markings or blazes along the way. Be sure to read other reviews for additional information (for example, trailhead is at the entrance to the parking lot, away from the beach). It can get quite hot in the afternoon (which is when we went, unfortunately) and you might want to consider using insect repellent.
Written June 19, 2022
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atlas993
Elk Grove, CA466 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
This place was an adventure. It is more of a hike than we thought and definitely don’t wear sandals, I highly recommend real shoes as you’re walking through fallen trees and bushes with thorns on your way to the big petroglyphs. Once you get to the petroglyphs it is all worth it, I couldn’t even believe how many there were. This is definitely something you should do if you’re in the area.
Written January 17, 2022
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StigJim
Alliance, OH451 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
The .7 mile walk to the petroglyphs takes a while and the “forest,” such as it is, provides little relief from the sun. The walk is worth it, though.
Written November 10, 2021
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Jon L
Seattle, WA5 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Rubbings are no longer allowed because tourists were rubbing the glyphs excessively. Thanks for rub-blocking me, losers.

Aside from that I enjoyed this site. Getting to the glyphs is an easy hike. Though you will occasionally feel as though you are lost, don’t worry—the power of the glyphs will attract you.

Some reviews claim that these glyphs are not as glyph-y as others in the area. I can assure you, however, that they are plenty glyph-y.

I have prepared an assortment of relevant puns for your enjoyment and later use:

- For your workout buddy: Let’s pack glyph bars to eat on the hike!
- For your SO: Love glyph-t us up where we belong!
- For your tumblr friends: Should I take photos or make an animated glyph?
- For the kids: I hear Glyph-ord the Big Red Dog lives here!

The above puns are the copyrighted work of Jon Lanthier and cannot be used without permission.
Written August 5, 2021
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Daniel W
Leesburg, VA14 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Nice easy “hike” that is approximately 1.1 miles out and back. The path is a mix of concrete sidewalk at the beginning, a short gravel section, hard earth through the Forrest and some loose sand sections. Overall it’s a very easy hike for all abilities.

The vast majority of the petroglyphs at this site are carved on horizontal surfaces and hard to fully see them all (partly due to prior bad actors who walked on them and made rubbings of them) as the trail keeps you a decent distance from them.

While it’s a nice hike and interesting to see I’d recommend the Waikoloa Petroglyph Field located near Kings Shops for easier viewable petroglyphs
Written July 4, 2021
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Muadib84
Waikoloa, HI515 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Easy hike over slightly uneven terrain through Kiawe forest.
Beautiful petroglyphs , easy to see from marked path.
Best light to see and photograph in early morning, or late afternoon.
Written June 14, 2021
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RonCo893
Fairfax, CA273 contributions
May 2021
Great Petroglyphs in a secluded setting. A bit of a hike from the parking lot through the trees on an unpaved trail Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.... Do not wear flip flops there are tree limbs, rocks, and roots in the trail but worth the adventure.
Written May 31, 2021
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RainSeattleMom
Issaquah, WA469 contributions
Apr 2021
The petroglyphs share a parking lot with the Holoholokai Beach next to the Fairmont Orchid. The trailhead is in the first parking area on the right (not towards the beach). It is an obvious trailhead, but can be missed since people start naturally looking towards the water. There is a bathroom across from the trailhead. The trail isn't real long, and it was almost completely shaded when we went in the late morning. I loved it because it was so unique! Hiking under the trees over and around roots and lava rock. There is a fake petroglyph area at the head of the trail FYI - that isn't it. After hiking through the beautiful trees and crossing a bit of a field, we came upon the real petroglyphs that are partially fenced in to alert you not to step on them. There is a little trail going all the way around them though so you can get pretty close and see different perspectives.

WARNING: We went to a road next to the petroglyphs instead of taking the trail back (my husband wanted to check it out). There are bees being kept on this road. Don't walk that way. Just take the trail back - it's much prettier anyway.
Written April 20, 2021
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A.M
52 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Very easy walking trail to an interesting historical site. Great short activity. Be careful, there are sharp thorns on the ground that go through shoes. 3 of us got jabbed through the shoe, despite wearing appropriate shoes. All of us enjoyed the easy walk.
Written March 24, 2021
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Suzy B
Bedford, NH109 contributions
Dec 2019
Walking the 1.4 mile round trip trail to the Puako Petroglyphs was a nice way to mix up our scenery during our 5-night stay on the big island. The trail is a little rough and hard to follow in places, but the petroglyph destination was enough to keep the kids incented to persevere. If you're staying in the area and are looking to spend an active hour outdoors away from the beach and pool, this is a nice option to know about.
Written April 19, 2020
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