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Kokee State Park
There are great views on this island in general and especially in Kokee State Park. 6.83 Hawaii ratingStar
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Kokee State Park is a 4,345 acre natural area located on the northwest part of Kauai in Hawaii. Bordering the park on the south is the smaller Waimea Canyon State Park. Kokee State Park's primary attractions are a scenic drive with overlooks of the mountainous Kauai coast as well as a variety of hikes which range from easy to difficult.

The northwest part of Kauai is protected by a number of state parks and conservation lands. Parts of it are majestic, with steep cliffs, abundant vegetation and ocean views. On your drive into the park, it makes sense to stop at the Kokee Natural History Museum. There you can get oriented, check on conditions and also purchase a hiking map and guide for a small fee.

The final observation turnoff at the end of State Road 550 includes a trailhead with several trail choices and a parking lot. A shorter option is the Pihea Vista Trail, which is about 2 miles roundtrip; note that parts of it are rocky and muddy. As this area gets a lot of rain, many of the trails here are likely to have muddy conditions. If you want to hike Pihea Vista Trail or more difficult ones, it is wise to wear sturdy hiking books that have good traction.

While Kokee State Park has a lot of trail options, hiking into Waimea Canyon is more scenic and offers a better and more challenging hiking experience. For non-hikers, the observation turnouts on State Road 550 will suffice to get a sense of the park and also offer great views of the coast including the historic Kalalau Valley. If you are interested in staying more than a day, there are rental cabins near the Natural History Museum and also camping options.
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