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Chain of Craters Road

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Formerly Cockett's Trail

After driving Crater Rim Drive, this is the 18 mile road you want to take to make your frequent stops to see the other sites in the park. Many things to see along this road... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After driving Crater Rim Drive, this is the 18 mile road you want to take to make your frequent stops to see the other sites in the park. Many things to see along this road, including Lua Manu Crater, Hilina Pali Road, Pauahi Crater, and Mauna Ulu.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You must take your time to perform this entire drive. There are at least 15 potential stops so plan for a whole day. The views in certain places are spectacular! You will see lava fields, older and newer, splendid ocean views, nenes (Hawaii's national geese) and other birds, even petrogliphs. At the end of the drivable road, near the arch,... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Don't go to the park and not take the time to drive this route. My husband didn't quite get it. He thought it was just another road to a crater. He was in awe. There are many lava flows to see and several areas to stop for points of interest. Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Most people take a photo of the sea arch at the end of the road. However, for the best photo, stop at the unmarked pullout as soon as the road reaches the coast. You need to walk out onto the lava (but not right to the edge) to get the whole view. You can see huge caverns worn into the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful drive! We went all the way to the Arch and it was so worth it! We met a few people who had hiked further to a closer point to where the Lava was flowing into the ocean. We weren't prepared for that and since we'd already done the helicopter ride. We chose not to do the hike.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

After doing a far bit of hiking the day before, we decided to take a ride down Chain of Craters road. It's a fun and sometimes windy road through the southern portion of the National Park with pullouts to see various craters and scenic overlooks. There are also trail heads to look at petroglyphs or take on more arduous hikes.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

This was my second time on Big Island and to the Volcanoes National park. It was in July and very hot. This time, there was hot lava flowing towards the sea and we walked the chain of crater road early morning to see that. It was a long 11 miles walk from the parking lot to the lava flows and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

There are few places on earth you will ever visit that look like this. It is truly unbelievable. To just imagine how much lava has flowed over time to create this landscape is mind boggling. Take the road all the way to the end (45 min) to see the sea arch, and to get as close as you can drive... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I thought this would be a relatively quick drive in, drive out, make a couple of quick stops scenic drive, but we ended up spending about 4 hours driving to the coast and back and marveling at all the different lava fields and formations. The sea arch at the end was a bonus we'd forgotten about. Take food and beverage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We've been here twice before and always go to the park and do this drive. This time we downloaded an app called Shaka Hawaii. You do not need cell service or your data plan it works based on your phones GPS. It begins in Hilo and takes you all the way to the end of the road. It gives you... More 

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