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Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic...

Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic eruption of 1959.

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The name says it all

While this is more or less a "should do" starter trail when you visit, the only real payoff is a view of the crater, which you can actually drive to. The trail takes you near the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Ted O
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Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We parked in the car park and walked out the trail which is quite short and easy to do. We then used this as a base to walk the nearby dormant crater, which was awesome.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While this is more or less a "should do" starter trail when you visit, the only real payoff is a view of the crater, which you can actually drive to. The trail takes you near the large cinder cone from the last major eruption. The trail itself is pretty flat and gets a little windy. So, if you want to... More 

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Hobart
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

You can enter the trail in two places, doesn't really matter where, once you get to the mountains of what looks like pile of gravel you have seen all there is to see and you don't need to go all the way along the path. Don't get me wrong the pile of gravel is strangely quite interesting and for a... More 

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Thank Nicole H
Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This is an easy paved, out & back walk that allows you to see regrowth of plants in cinders from the 1959 eruption. Interesting to see the changes over years of visits. Also good to see up close a different kind of lava (cinders) than may have seen elsewhere. Not as dramatic as some other views but accessible and interesting.

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Thank LissaJ41
Dawsonville, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Went before the big eruption, and then after, the roads we'd driven on were covered by lava. Amazing indeed!

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Thank serenity2222
Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

It's an interesting walk along an earlier eruption. Not much to say, a simple relating flat enjoyable walk. If you're already visiting the volcano, Why not?

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The Devastation Trail, as part of the suggested stops while visiting the Volcano National Park, is highlighted in some guide books as a must-see. With this review I would like to adjust the perspective on this sight. It is interesting to see, but it certainly is not the most important part of the Volcano National Park. Nature has reclaimed most... More 

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Thank Bernhard L
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This trail is about an hour, on a path that is clearly marked out by being paved most of the way. There are some shaded part, given by the trees that were not killed by the lava flow. It is advised not to stray off the path and ruin the flora which is slowly reclaiming the barren land. One can... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

This is an easy walk through the lava fields on a paved trail. Lots to learn about the eruption in 1959 along the way. Great vantage point at the end to look into the crater. I recommend for anyone who can walk a gentle trail for about a mile

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Wonderful,easy walk. Stark contrast between forest and lava flow. Trail good for forest birds and orchids. Great view of crater at end of trail. Teens enjoyed this trail. I have taken this trail many times over the last 20 years or so and enjoy it each time.

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