Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island, showcases two active volcanoes: Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. It provides a front-row seat to the creative and destructive power of the Earth.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Hawaii
Area: 344,812 acres (1,395.40 sq km) – 24th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mauna Loa – 13,667 ft (4,165.70 m)
Lowest Elevation: Sea level
Date Established: August 1, 1916
Annual Visitors: 1,580,961 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Hilo, Hawaii

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

  1. Viewing lava flows from safe viewing areas
  2. Driving the scenic Chain of Craters Road
  3. Experiencing traditional Hawaiian cultural demonstrations
  4. Joining ranger-led evening programs at the visitor center
  5. Exploring the Thurston Lava Tube

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

After hiking and exploring Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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