Sleeping Giant Trail ©Gelston Dwight
Hiking on the Royal Coconut Coast
Hiking is an incredible way to experience the island and see beautiful interior landscapes of mountains and waterfalls. Imagine life before civilization as you trek deep into the jungle, and experience the island’s natural splendor. A variety of hiking is available; there are kid-friendly trails as well as challenging trails that traverse mountains and streams. One of the most popular hikes in this region is the climb to the top of Nounou Mountain also known as Sleeping Giant, for its remarkable ridge profile. Remember sunscreen, hat, water and sturdy sports shoes when hiking on Kauai and pick up a guide book so you can easily spot and identify native wildlife, flora and fauna. The Kuilau Trail Ridge Road trailhead climbs up from the Keahua Arboretum and takes hikers on a climb along lush jungle trails. The Wai Koa Loop Trail, in Kilauea, affords many beautiful views, a stream and gardens. Check more information, trail maps and descriptions on the Division of Forestry and Wildlife website.
Always be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks, even if only venturing a short distance. Bring a hat, sun protection and wear study shoes.. Avoid hiking alone, but if you do always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Do not drink untreated water from streams.
An important note about camping on Kauai
Camping on the Island of Kauai is only allowed at select State and County parks and camping at either type of park requires that you obtain a permit. While these permits are very affordable, the fine for camping without one can be as high as $500. For more information about camping in a Hawaii State Park, visit the official State Parks website, and for information about camping in Kauai County parks visit the county website — both sites contain great information for campers.
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