Akaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls State Park
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Macungie, PA18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The reviews here made me expect a pretty great time, but it was kind of a let down for me. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to people unless it's near wherever they plan on going on that day. One complaint is you need to pay to park and then pay to get into the (very small) park. You can park outside the gates for free and then walk ten extra feet, which most people do. The "rangers" (for lack of a better word, they aren't real rangers) sit outside the main walkway making sure people pay at to get in. Once in it's a relatively easy 1-mile or so loop. There are a few stairs, so older or out of shape people will get a bit of a workout. It's easy for kids & healthy adults. The waterfall is quite a distance away (further away than the zoomed in pics indicate) and not as enjoyable as you'd think based on the pics. The walk there is fairly nice, mostly covered jungle canopy with lots of trees and plants to look at. In hindsight I would not have gone here, and I would not recommend others go out of their way to check it off their lists. If you want a better waterfall I recommend Rainbow Falls instead. You can get closer and it's a better view.
Written October 13, 2022
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Sherri P
Warren, OH18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We were expecting a fee of $5 per car. After a long drive to the falls, we were told parking was $10 per car plus a fee of $5 per person (there are four of us). We decided not to stay. We had had a long day of hiking and had already paid significant fees for other parks. We felt that this one just wasn't worth it and our money would be better spent elsewhere. Definitely check out the other falls in Hilo. No fee and definitely worth a trip.
Written July 6, 2021
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Jen M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
A spectacular waterfall in a State Park at the dead end of a road north of Hilo. You pay $10 to park and $5/person to enter this State Park. You can pay via CallToPay app, or via a kiosk with a card (if you're in a rental make sure you write down your plate number). Volunteers were standing at the top of the stairs/walkway to help people pay, but other than that the park was unattended. Parking can be crammed so you may have to park along the road leading into the park. Restrooms are simple park style w/stalls in a small building. You descend a cement - paved sidewalk-like path around the gorge surrounding the waterfall and make a 1 mile circuit. There are stairs and handrails, the trail/path is not accessible if you're in a chair. Do not suggest if in poor health or mobility is limited. Other than that, it's a beautiful stroll and the scenery even before the main event, a 400+ foot waterfall, is spectacular. You may see your first live Banyan here, and there are incredible stands of golden bamboo and other endemic (non-indigenous) plants. There is a small pavilion in a prime viewing spot for the large waterfall, along with two waysides detailing the waterfall/gorge (creek) and wildlife that live in/around the falls (mostly amphibious, and fish). No other interp/info available. People were polite and masked when we visited. Definitely recommend. It's a magical place.
Written November 9, 2021
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MLAbug
Lake Tahoe (California), CA1,375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
The one thing we realized the park was helping with human foot traffic was posting a sign that said ONE WAY - you enter to the right and walk and enjoy the local trees and fauna. Follow the trail and it will lead you to the falls itself! There are two lookout points for photo ops. Easy walk.ONE VERY short trail.
Parking was a bit of a challenge / park outside the park lines and it’s free. Park inside the very small lot it’s 5.00 and it’s entry fee is 5.00 as well. There’s a machine that takes credit card and local attendants are checking.
Written February 21, 2022
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LesleyH804
Oceanside, CA4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
It was pretty cool. Not what I expected. A little anticlimactic. Some advice. Park outside the gate. It was $10 to park inside and $5/pp to enter, so save the $10. It took 20 mins to do the loop, if you walk at a normal pace. Overall pretty, but a little disappointed because it’s far away to see.
Written April 26, 2021
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Hatzlacha
Virginia914 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
It's quite a unique park in many ways. There's the main waterfall that can be seen from a couple vantage points. It's nice but I wouldn't write home about it. I actually thought a couple of the more rolling streams were more interesting. The significant downside is the 'one way' nature and narrow paths it takes to see everything. Surprising (to spontaneous-visit me) to see how many stair steps were needed. I think the $5 entry fee is just to keep people from overcrowding things. But still, there are limited standing vantage points. If you do visit, don't park right next to the opening and pay for it... Just park a bit down the street for free.
Written June 5, 2021
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aleksandr o
Newark, CA11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Very beautiful but very short walk (less than 0.5 miles) and parking fee is quite high ($10), not posted anywhere near entry, and you can park outside for free w/ short walk. Of course by the time you parked and figured it all out - you would not want to repark. Admission $5/person.
Written April 25, 2022
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Dustin B
Wells, ME30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Akaka Falls State Park is a must stop if you find yourself in that area of the Big Island. The paved walkway is a giant loop that forges a path through thick rainforest gulch. You will see lots of bamboo, interesting flowers, and large leaf plants. At the end of the pathway is a perfect view of the Akaka Waterfall. There is also a second waterfall about mid way of the walk but we could not really see it that well. The walk was fairly easy with multiple staircases and took my fiancé and I about 20 minutes to walk the whole thing and see the waterfall. The site is free but you have to pay to park and be aware that it does close early I think about 4pm. We stopped for a visit here after we went to the Panaʻewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens which is also free and not far from this state park. There were park attendants taking payment and lots of tourist at this park and I felt very safe with the amount of people around. I highly recommend for a quick stop and visit. Great for photos!
Written June 29, 2023
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Kenny Macdonald
Spokane Valley, WA609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A very well maintained area for a relatively easy stroll to see a couple of falls. Lots of vegetation. Pay for parking if inside the gates ($5) or pay for entrance if you park outside on the street ($1 per person). Restrooms available at the top. Lots of steps.
Written January 7, 2020
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chimayred
Durham, NH2,558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Akaka falls is a state park with a small 100 foot falls which is hard to see and largely forgettable, and a 420 foot horses tail fall into a round canyon. Very beautiful. Paved path. Safe and easy to get to and navigate. There’s paid parking but you can park by the road for free and pay an attendant $1 a piece to see the falls. Between this and Umauma, these are two world class beautiful falls.
Written February 23, 2020
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