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Lava Tree State Park

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Address: Pahoa-Kapoho Road (Highway 132), Puna district, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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+1 808-974-6200

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The Lava Tree State park is about 30 minutes east of Hilo. As you are traveling past Pahoa town on 132, you will make a left turn into this park. A lava tree petrified forest is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC
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Washington DC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Lava Tree State park is about 30 minutes east of Hilo. As you are traveling past Pahoa town on 132, you will make a left turn into this park. A lava tree petrified forest is inspiring, unique and really makes you aware of Peles power and force. A good stop along your drive with clean restrooms if needed.

Thank marenostrum
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is pretty far off the beaten path - so not sure I'd do it again. I would have preferred to save that time and spend it in the volcanoes national park, but we went here first. They do have bathrooms, which is nice. It's a nice trail, but not much else really there.

Thank ginnyandkids
Port Angeles, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a bit of extra time and decided to go to the Lava Tree State Park.. The visit was well worth the time. It is a bit other worldly. You won't see any place like it.

Thank Jannygrace
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is an interesting short walk, but we ended up taking an hour or so with the drive "in and out" of the location on our way to Volcanoes National Park. Since we were on a short time schedule, in the future, I'd invest that hour in the Volcanoes NP. Mostly flat walk. Probably about 15 minutes or so.

1 Thank pcsdpo
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here with some time to kill. Glad we stopped. Less than a mile paved trail through an area that has had history with lava flows and trees impacted by the lava. Takes less than an hour and is well worth the time.

1 Thank Jeff S
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk is quick and easy...but STAY ON THE PATH! There are sink holes in to lava tubes in the area and you could get really hurt or dead falling through. There are rain shelters along the path in case weather is inclement. There were lovely flowers, birds and the remains of a historic, burned forest. Worth a quick stretch... More 

1 Thank Saraphe
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting but not worth a detour to find. If you're passing then it's a pleasant walk round on an easy track.

Thank Carla H
Sammamish, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2017

This was a beautiful little spot, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get here. If you're in the area it's worth a quick stop to check it out. Unlike some of the other spots we visited on this trip, this is an easy walk, which we appreciated.

Thank Shannon H
Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2017

This is a nice site to stroll around, colorful foliage, interesting lava tree moulds , and there is no admission fee, plus there is a bathroom. This is the very loudest cocqui place in Puna,( those nighttime singing tiny frogs)this is ground zero for them. You can hear them even during the daytime, esp. if it's raining or overcast.

1 Thank Miriahm D
Finger Lakes
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Reviewed April 21, 2017

We were going right by and stopped for a quick walk through the park. It took less than 30 minutes to see and we really enjoyed it. We even saw a mongoose roaming around through the plants.

1 Thank MammaLax

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