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Devastation Trail

#11 of 20 things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Features Animals
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Nice hike and good view

This hike in Volcano National Park is about a mile in each direction. It is quite easy to do and is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lindale, Texas
Average spectacle

The Devastation Trail is in Hawaii's volcano national park and is a trail that shows the lava flows... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic eruption of 1959.
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  • Very good42%
  • Average25%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike in Volcano National Park is about a mile in each direction. It is quite easy to do and is paved. The view is well worth it.

Thank brentc39
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Devastation Trail is in Hawaii's volcano national park and is a trail that shows the lava flows of the Kilauea crater from 1959. Very volcanic looking ground with some plant life.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the many attractions at Hawaii Volcano NP. If you have time, do it! It can be hot due the sun exposure. Early in the morning is better

Thank Andy L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best part is the lookout at the end of it.... Under whelming...so you see a lot small pebbles for hundreds of feet, with the large cone on one side. But add in terrific heat and it really isn't much fun...

Thank PeterinTO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked the trail out and back and other than seeing some very nice Ohia trees, I found it pretty boring. There are much better trails in the park.

Thank eaglecadd
Reviewed 6 June 2017

It's very easy to stop at Pu'u Pua'i Overlook, look out over Kilauea Iki Crater, and then hike through the forest to Devastation Trail. The skeletal trees that used to be standing are mostly fallen, but even so, it's a very unique and different lanscape.

Thank walkerbob
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

We saw 4 nene geese in the parking lot. They actually came over to our car, so got some nice pictures. The paved trail is flat and easy. You'll see some pretty plants before you get to the barren mound that gives the trail its...More

Thank foxsocks
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is a well paved, short & easy trail. Unfortunately, on the day we were visiting (mid-May 2017) it was closed after about a 10 minute walk. Not real sure why. However, it was very interesting to see the changes brought about by the 1959...More

Thank sdatex
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The trail isn't really awe-inspiring until you get to the part that shows you why it's callled Devastation Trail. You'll know when you see it. Not a strenuous Hike. Pretty quick, but is a one-way Hike, so you'll have to backtrack to your car. Went...More

Thank Holly T
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Check first at the visitor center before taking any hikes in the park. When we went a couple weeks ago, part of this trail was closed due to the nene nesting. We saw very few people out on this trail which was a nice break...More

Thank Arteacher2010
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